Archive | January, 2018

Scarborough have to rediscover their intensity for tomorrow’s Middlesbrough clash.

26 Jan

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last week’s MAN OF THE MATCH Ben Martin in action against Wheatley Hills  PHOTO: ANDY STANDING

In my CAMPBELL’S COMMENT following the YORK game I wrote   ‘if Simon Smith’s charges can maintain the intensity shown in this game AND steer clear of further serious injury, I really see no reason why a play-off place shouldn’t be within their sights.’ Unfortunately influential fly-half Tom Harrison broke a finger in that game and is absent for a second extended period.  Tom is having his best season at the club and I think is pivotal to the fluid, running rugby Coach Simon Smith wants to see his charges play.  I believe he may be out for a further three weeks but nevertheless the side is full of exciting and skilled players who as a group have excelled in this campaign. 

Scarborough and Middlesbrough last met at Acklam Park in early October and  Simon Smith’s men came away with a 40-22 bonus-point win running in six tries in the process. The game which was in no way a dirty one ended with two red cards for Scarborough and one for Middlesbrough who scored two tries in the final eight minutes against a visiting team which by then had only twelve men on the paddock, Jordi Wakeham having been sin-binned!

I was ill and unable to attend the 21-21 draw at Bradford last week but from Simon’s column in the SCARBOROUGH NEWS it sounded as if the Seasiders failed to rise to the occasion and play to their undoubted potential. This middle period of the season is absolutely vital and having reported on all but a couple of games this season, I’m convinced the players will up the ante and  look to play with the intensity shown against York against Middlesbrough tomorrow.



It’s Match Day at Silver Royd – Scarborough take on York in top-of-the-table clash

13 Jan

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It’s match day and this afternoon Scarborough entertain York at Silver Royd. The men from Clifton Park are unbeaten this campaign with fourteen straight wins including the 56-7 thrashing of Scarborough back in September.

York’s record speaks for its self and they will travel east today looking to continue their marvellous season. Last week they completed the double over Wheatley Hills with a 38-15 win in south Yorkshire.

Since that defeat at Clifton Park Coach Simon Smith’s charges have garnered eleven try bonus points to sit in second place despite a string of injuries. Last Saturday they lost the services of Jordan Wakeham with flu as he was about to return from knee surgery at Selby. However the line-up was re-shuffled including Jimmy Perrett moving to scrum-half and the Seasiders came away from Sandhill Lane with another bonus point and a 29-17 win following a hard-fought game in bitterly cold conditions.


For this afternoon’s game Matty Young returns from long-term injury on the wing whilst in the forwards Paul Taylor plays at tight-head prop for the unavailable Nino Cutino. A tweet I saw yesterday reported that Jordi Wakeham and Euan Govier would NOT be playing today so you’ll have to roll up to Silver Royd later to see who is playing?  The Danesmen are also in action today at Pocklington whilst tomorrow the VALKRYIES take on BISHOP AUCKLAND in a ladies league match.



6 Jan

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By Dave Campbell

Scarborough recorded their eleventh bonus-point win of the season at bottom club Selby but only after a muck and nettles encounter at a bitterly cold Sandhill lane this afternoon.

Missing scrum half Jordan Wakeham a late withdrawal with flu, Scarborough played Jim Perrett at scrum half, Jonty Holloway at fullback and Jack Anderson on the right wing.

The Seasiders dominated the opening exchanges and could have taken an early lead but for a couple of wayward passes wide on their left when they found touch rather than the hands of eager finisher Harry Domett.

However their pressure paid off when fullback Jonty Holloway released scrum-half Jimmy Perrett to romp over in the 15th minute and ground between the uprights. Fly-half Tom Harrison converted for 7-0.

Selby stuck to their task and took advantage of a fortuitous bounce to break up-field and level the scores with a converted try from fly-half Scott Hunt in the 20th minute. A try started with a break from deep in their own half by centre Liam Hogan converted by Scott saw the home side draw 14-7 ahead five minutes before the break.

Scarborough struck back almost immediately with a try from winger Jack Anderson following a searing break from his own 22 by Domett to reduce the arrears to 12-14 at the break.

A penalty by Scott early in the second half saw Selby stretch their lead to 17-12. And the visitor’s worries were compounded when flanker Drew Govier was yellow carded for killing the ball at a ruck.

Skipper Matty Jones’s men lost their way somewhat in the third quarter but bounced back with tries from Euan Govier and Tom Harrison in the last twenty minutes. Harrison converted both and added a late penalty for a 29-17 win against a Selby side which battled all the way.



Dave Campbell looks back at 2017 and forward to 2018 at

1 Jan

2016-11-27 MEL IN ACTION2017-12-17 ben against WH TWO SHARPBen Martin in action in the 91-7 thrashing of Wheatly Hills in the last game of 2017


Under new Coach Simon Smith Scarborough have played fifteen and lost only three games in the first half of the season, winning ten bonus points to sit second in Yorkshire One behind leaders York at New Year and having progressed to the semi-finals of the Yorkshire Challenge Shield.

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Jim Perret in action as stand-in scrum-half in the Shield win at Selby


Newcomer Jim Perrett has made a great start to his tenure at Silver Royd and has been ably assisted by an in-form set of backs which have been scoring tries for fun. Although the pack struggled at the set pieces earlier in the season they seem to be getting things right in the tight five now and in the loose 32 of the team’s 77 tries have come from the forwards.

However the jewel in the crown has been Scarborough’s youthful back row which has seen combinations of Ben Martin, Drew Govier, Euan Govier and Aaron Wilson playing as the break-away loose forwards. The heart-warming aspect to this is that all four young men have come through the ranks at Silver Royd. There is little between these admirable youngsters but if I had to choose it would be Ben Martin; just! The former St Augustine’s school and Scarborough Sixth form pupil has matured perhaps a wee bit more quickly than his team mates and his tactical awareness, defensive game and his eye for the try-line has seen him develop into a real class act.

At the end of last season I was worried about who would fill the boots of Kiwi Isaac Faamau the previous incumbent in the Scarborough No8 berth; I’m certainly not now! And the Govier brothers and Aaron are fast on Ben’s heels. I’m really looking to see all four develop in the second half of the season and let’s not forget the other young players in the Silver Royd line-up, Jonty Holloway, Jordi Wakeham, Mikey Whitton, Joe Marshall and Jack Anderson have all taken the eye.

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 A core of more experienced players including Paul Taylor, Nino Cutino, Matty Jones, Paul White and Toms Ratcliffe and Harrison have added stability  with Mikey Readman and Phil Watson adding grunt from the engine room . Billy Parker is having his best season at the club and it’s terrific to see the experienced Harry Domett bounce back from serious injury. The Kiwi flyer bagged a hat-trick against Wheatley Hills on his last outing, showing all the qualities which made him a favourite of the Silver Royd faithful when he arrived seven years ago.


Skipper Matty Jones’s men will look to avenge their three defeats in the New Year and first up at Silver Royd is York on the 13th of January. The Seasiders were blown away 56-7 at Clifton Park in the third game of the season against York and to their credit bounced back from what was a real thrashing by the Minstermen to win their next six league and cup games. Although York are leading the league comfortably they don’t seem as imperious as they were at the start of the season and it should be a cracker at Silver Royd on the 13th.

First up in the New Year is Selby who have been beaten at home in the league and away in the Yorkshire Shield. They are currently bottom of Yorkshire One and at times have been a bogy side for the Seasiders, however I expect a winning start to 2018 down there and after all points from Selby are just as valuable as points from a win over York when they tally up at the end of the season. And if everyone remains healthy I expect a successful second half of the season with fit-again Matty Young and Joe Marshall involved.

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As a septuagenarian OAP I am not able to follow all of the fortunes of the youngsters and girls in the club but I will continue to get up to Silver Royd when I can to take photographs of the kids in action and pass them on to YDO Jimmy Perrett who is now doing a youth column in the SCARBOROUGH NEWS.



I have been involved pretty much from the start reporting on the Valkryies and with my friend and ‘snapper supreme’ Andy Standing have even managed to get to a few away games. The girls have been at times decimated by injury this season and have struggled to get a team out but in general have done well to do so. With several games called off,  things have been perhaps a bit disjointed but I look forward to getting behind the ladies in the months ahead.


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