SEASIDERS LOOKING TO ERASE MEMORY OF LAST DAY DEFEAT BY SELBY

15 Sep

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MIKEY READMAN (LEFT) COMES IN FOR PHIL WATSON (BLUE SCRUM CAP). photo ANDY STANDING

With the visit to Silver Royd by Selby tomorrow, Coach Simon Smith’s charges will be looking to improve on what was a poor record against Selby last season when they were on the wrong end of a 10-6 scoreline on the road on the opening game of the season and went down 19-25 at Silver Royd on the last day of the 2016/17 campaign.

I wrote at the time that “A lack of mental toughness, apparent motivation and composure led to a shocking defeat at the hands of a Selby side which played their hearts out and more than deserved their win.” On reflection perhaps I was too harsh but it was one of the most disappointing Scarborough games I have reported on. However this season I’ve been greatly heartened by the team’s committed performances in winning our opening two games gaining bonus points from the six-try 36-21 home defeat of Keighley on the opening day of the season and last week’s hard-fought 29-15 win at Wheatley Hills who were relegated from North One at the end of last season.

Selby have yet to win this season but have performed well in defeat in their opening two games. They went down 16-31 at newly-promoted Moortown in the opening day of the season but only fell behind in the game when both fly half Josh Cruise and winger Ben Lunt had to leave the field with injuries in the space of 5 minutes in the first half. Last week they narrowly lost 14-17 to Keighley at home.

For tomorrow’s game Jim Perrett moves from fullback to centre replacing the unavailable Billy Parker, Jordi Wakeham comes in for Phil Stewart who moves to fly-half replacing Tom Harrison who takes the fullback berth. Up front Mikey Readman comes in for Phil Watson in the second row and Aaron Wilson plays at No8 for the injured Ben Martin. 17-year-old Euan Govier joins his brother Drew in the squad; the youngster is on the bench with Mikey Whitton and Jack Anderson. Last week the Wheatley Hills pack dominated the game with skipper Matty Jones’s men still able to triumph despite very little first-phase possession. No doubt Simon Smith will have been working with his forwards on the training paddock in an effort to improve in an effort for improvement at the scrum and lineouts.

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