Archive | February, 2018

Full report on Scarborough’s shock defeat by Old Rishworthians last week.

24 Feb

Harry Domett in action against Old Rishworthians last Saturday

PICTURE BY ANDY STANDING

RFU NORTHERN DIVISION – YORKSHIRE DIVISION ONE

SCARBOROUGH 18    OLD RISHWORTHIANS 24

By Dave Campbell

Scarborough’s promotion hopes were massively dented when they went down 18-24 to Old Rishworthians. Their opponents came to Silver Royd with a plan they executed with a mixture of brain, brawn and skill exposing a home side which looked one dimensional on the day.

Wing Anthony Shoesmith athletically secured the ‘Rish’ kick-off and the pack went through a series of ‘pick and goes’ before hefty prop Josh Crickmay powered over from short range without a Scarborough hand touching the ball. Scrum half Edward Cockroft missed the conversion and the visitors were 5-0 to the good with only three minutes on the clock.

The Seasiders had plenty of possession in their own half and with Tom Harrison back on duty at fly-half following a lengthy lay off they looked to put the ball through hands. However a very flat visiting defence tackled with ferocity on the gain line and Scarborough failed to spot the acres of open space behind them.

And when they looked to move the ball wide without committing defenders, a lofted pass on halfway was plucked out of the air by Shoesmith who galloped away to outpace a posse of chasers and score in the 12th minute. Cockroft was again unsuccessful with the kick.

The visiting tight-five had the better of the forward exchanges and the mobile, young home back-row therefore found it difficult to get into the game.

Scarborough continued to press in the second quarter but too often looked to rush things losing fluidity and composure.

They did break through late in the half and pressed on the visitors’ line, however they conceded turnover ball and Rish fullback Luke Flanagan cleared to half way.

The lineout was taken quickly and moved infield where another loose pass saw visiting centre Sam Nunn intercept and speed to the line for a third try in the 39th minute. Cockroft added the extras and Rishworthians led 17-0 at the break.

Scarborough made a positive start to the second forty minutes applying pressure and Tom Ratcliffe kicked a couple of penalties in the 45th and 48th minutes to reduce the arrears at 6-17. Rish lost the services of flanker Harvey Keighley-Payne, sin-binned in the wake of the second penalty.

However the Seasiders couldn’t take advantage of their numerical advantage and Payne returned to the fray in the 58th minute without further addition to the home tally. And he made his presence felt immediately taking a catch at a lineout in the Scarborough 22; prop Harry Whitfield drove it towards the line and Crickmay powered over for his second try of the afternoon in the 59th minute. Cockroft converted for a 24-6 lead.

The visitors appeared to tire in the final quarter which was understandable due to a terrific defensive effort on their part and Scarborough took advantage driving into their 22 where slick handling sent hooker Sam Dawson in between the uprights in the 70th minute;  Ratcliffe drop-kicked the conversion to cut the deficit at 13-24.

At last Scarborough appeared to recognise how much space there was behind the flat defensive line and added some variety to their attack. The men from Halifax held their ground but were visibly tiring. And when the visiting defence was sucked in wide on their right, a clever cross-field kick from Ratcliffe found substitute winger Jonty Holloway unmarked on the opposite wing and the youngster got the touch for a well worked try. And although the kick was missed it was ‘game on’ at 18-24.

However there was only a minute on the clock and although the home side looked to keep possession and perhaps snatch a try for an unlikely win it wasn’t to be and Old Rishworthians celebrated a memorable and deserved win when referee Tony Smith brought proceedings to a close.

CAMPBELL’S COMMENT

Although Old Rishworthians deserved their victory based on a solid defensive performance, Scarborough appeared to have learned nothing from the first game between the sides when Rish used the same ‘pick and go’ tactics from their forwards and a flat defence. They also scored an identical interception try to the two scored in this game. Simon Smith’s charges got out of jail that day with 10 injury time points to win 34-32 but left it far too late in this game.

SCARBOROUGH NEWS MAN OF THE MATCH: AARON WILSON

On a day when his side was under the cosh for much of the game, Aaron did what a good six should do and harried and put the opposition midfield and back row under pressure. As a young and inexperienced player his positional play will improve but his tackling, strength in possession and commitment was inspiring.

REFEREE: MR TONY SMITH

SCARBOROUGH: PERRETT YOUNG PARKER RATCLIFFE DOMETT HARRISON WAKEHAM JONES(C) DAWSON WHITTON WATSON PURDIE WILSON D.GOVIER MARTIN SUBSTITUTES: E.GOVIER WILLIAMS HOLLOWAY

OLD RISHWORTHIANS: FLANAGAN BAKE WAUGH NUNN SHOESMITH KELLY COCKROFT WHITFIELD STONE CRICKMAY SWARBROOKE(C) HESELTINE ROLLINGS KEIGHLEY-PAYNE EDWARDS SUBSTITUTES: KERSHAW ROBINSON FALKNER

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SCARBOROUGH V OLD RISHWORTHIANS Dave Campbell previews today’s game at Silver Royd

17 Feb

2018-02-11 billy parker SHARPBilly Parker (in possession) scored Scarborough’s winner at Old Rishworthians in October

Scarborough’s latest game in their push for promotion is against Old Rishworthians at Silver Royd this afternoon; kick off at 2.15pm. Having been promoted from Yorkshire Two as runners-up at the end of last season, Old Rishworthians have made a solid start to their first season in Yorkshire One. They ran league-leaders York very close three weeks ago going down 15-16 at Clifton Park and also beat promotion hopefuls Heath RUFC 29-18 on the road on the second Saturday of the season; last week they won 17-14 at struggling Bradford Salem.

Last week Simon Smith’s charges recorded a fourteenth try bonus-point win of the season with the 33-0 defeat of North Ribblesdale at Silver Royd thanks to tries from Jimmy Perrett (2), Sam Dawson, Ben Martin and Aaron Wilson with Tom Ratcliffe converting four. The previous week they completed a league double over Old Brods with a 36-27 win at Hipperholme.

Tomorrow’s adversaries met in the corresponding away fixture in late October and having trailed for much of the game Matty Jones’s men scored ten points in the last few minutes to win 34-32 with the last kick off the game, the conversion of an injury-time try. The Halifax-based outfit at one time in the second half led 32-19 but that late try from Billy Parker converted by Tom Ratcliffe saw the Seasiders do a Dick Turpin job on the home side who in my opinion at least deserved a share of the spoils. However it was an amazing comeback.

For this afternoon’s game influential fly-half Tom Harrison returns having broken a finger against York. Subsequently Tom Ratcliffe returns to familiar territory at outside centre with Jimmy Perrett at fullback and Matty Young on the wing. In the forwards Phil Watson returns in the second row whilst prop Nino Cutino who missed last week’s 33-0 defeat of North Ribblesdale joins Jonty Holloway and Euan Govier on the bench.

 

 

 

Clinical Scarborough brush aside North Ribblesdale challenge to go second In Yorkshire One!

10 Feb

SCARBOROUGH’S AARON WILSON WINS A LINEOUT AGAINST NORTH RIBB

Promotion chasing Scarborough moved into second spot in Yorkshire One this afternoon running in five well-worked tries without reply for a 33-0 bonus-point win against an industrious but limited North Ribblesdale side at a cold and soggy Silver Royd.

The Seasiders lost the services of prop Nino Cutino and last week’s man-of-the-match second row Phil Watson to late fitness tests and Paul Taylor started at tight-head with skipper Matty Jones reassigned to the engine room. Mikey Whitton started at loose-head.

Centre Jimmy Perrett crossed for an early touchdown, converted by Tom Ratcliffe for a 7-0 Scarborough lead in the 5th minute.

The visitors looked to level with a biting southerly wind behind them in the first quarter but fell further behind to a try from Scarborough hooker Sam Dawson in the 27th minute. Ratcliffe added the extras for 14-0.

And a slick move instigated by Ratcliffe saw skipper Matty Jones release Flanker Aaron Wilson to power over just before the break; Ratcliffe’s conversion stretching the lead to 21-0 at the break.

North Ribblesdale heads never went down in a hard-fought second half but Tries from No8 Ben Martin and a second for Jimmy Perrett converted by Ratcliffe saw Scarborough to an imperious 33-0 victory on a day when both sides did well to entertain a vocal Silver Royd turnout in bitterly cold conditions.

Old Brodleians 27 Scarborough 36

9 Feb

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SCARBOROUGH MAN OF THE MATCH: PHIL WATSON

NORTHERN DIVISION – YORKSHIRE ONE

OLD BRODLIEANS 27 SCARBOROUGH 36

Scarborough continued their promotion push with a fighting performance and a five try win at Old Brodlieans yesterday.

Playing down the infamous Hipperholme slope in the first half Scarborough took an early lead when lock Phil Watson went over and fly-half Tom Ratcliffe converted for 7-0.

A penalty apiece was followed by a try from Old Brods’ right wing Chris Vine converted by right winger J Town to level the scores at 10-10 in the 20th minute.

Scarborough turned the screw on the home line in the second quarter and were awarded a penalty in the 35th minute; skipper Matty Jones took a quick tap and centre Jimmy Perrett powered over for Scarborough to lead 15-10 at the break.

Playing up the slope in the second half Scarborough conceded an early penalty which cut their lead to 15-13. However they exerted massive forward pressure and went through the phases before Watson barged over for his second try converted by Ratcliffe for 22-13. Brods replied six minutes later with a try from Danny Cole converted by Town to peg the visitors back at 22-20.

Scarborough continued to pile the pressure on through their powerful pack and were awarded a penalty try following a five metre scrum for a 29-20 lead.

The end to end nature of the game continued and following a turnover Perrett raced away for a try between the posts converted by Ratcliffe to stretch the lead to 36-20. Brods drove over from a catch and drive late in the game but the visitors saw the game out for a well-deserved 36-27 win.

Spirits in the camp will be high after a hard-fought win following a terrific match and home games against North Ribblesdale and Old Rishworthians to come.

PHIL WATSON WAS NAMED MAN OF THE MATCH

MATCH DETAILS BY PHIL STEWART

Full report on Scarborough-Middlesbrough 27/01/2018

9 Feb

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Jimmy Perrett in action against Middlesbrough PHOTO ANDY STANDING

RFU NORTHERN DIVISION – YORKSHIRE ONE

SCARBOROUGH 32 MIDDLESBROUGH 23 

By Dave Campbell

Scarborough bounced back from the disappointments of the last couple of weeks with a twelfth bonus-point win of the season over in-form Middlesbrough to move up to third in Yorkshire One.

The Teesiders who had ended league-leaders York’s unbeaten run last week, went off like a train and swept up-field into a capricious wind with backs and forwards combining with slick precision. However despite their movement they lacked penetration.

The Seasiders were solid in defence and having withstood the early onslaught, broke the shackles with a massive hoof out defence by fly-half Tom Ratcliffe which took them over half way.

Having secured possession from the resulting lineout, the visitors lost possession on their own ten metre line and were subsequently penalised at a ruck. With a following wind Ratcliffe had no problems with the kick and Scarborough led 3-0 after 11 minutes.

With the front row of Matty Jones, Sam Dawson and Nino Cutino getting their fair share of possession from the scrums, the potent Scarborough back row came more into the game with Drew Govier, Aaron Wilson and Ben Martin very much making their presence felt. And when they combined with the backs wide on the left, lock Phil Watson was released on the open side of a maul and powered over in the 14th minute. Ratcliffe added the extras from the touchline to extend the lead to 10-0.

Middlesbrough fly-half Andy Baggett reduced the arrears to seven points when Scarborough was penalized for not releasing in the 20th minute. From the re-start the Seasiders regained possession and No8 Ben Martin ploughed through an upright visiting defence before releasing wing Jonty Holloway to dance inside the cover and touchdown in the 22nd minute. Ratcliffe converted via a timely gust of wind and an upright for 17-3.

Stung by this reverse the visitors pressed deep in the Scarborough 22 and when prop Nino Cutino was yellow carded for killing the ball on his own line, Middlesbrough second row Billy Campbell stretched over from close range to reduce the arrears at 17-8 on the half hour. Baggett’s conversion attempt was charged down by Scarborough’s Jimmy Perrett who left the field five minutes later following a collision with Boro’ fullback MattyTodd.

The visitors continued to turn the screw against the depleted home side and when Sam Dawson joined his front row colleague Cutino in the sin-bin, prop Josh Lynas barged over from the next play on the 40th minute. Baggett’s conversion attempt missed and Scarborough led 17-13 at the break.

Middlesbrough were reduced to thirteen men when they had players sin-binned in the 42nd and 45 minutes and Nino Cutino celebrated his return to the fray when he powered over in the 46th minute to stretch the Scarborough lead to 22-13 in the 46th minute. Ratcliffe failed to convert.

Dawson rejoined the battle in the 50th minute but Martin took a knock on the ankle and limped off five minutes later to be replaced by Chris Purdy. With no quarter given or asked the battle royal continued and Middlesbrough replacement prop Luke Show crossed from close-range in the 57th minute and Baggett converted to reduce the arrears to a couple of points at 22-20 and it was game on.

In a pulsating final quarter Scarborough maintained their composure and continued to think on their feet. And when Harry Domett fielded a clearance from Baggett, the muscular wingman skipped through a despairing Middlesbrough defence to score and raise the Silver Royd temperature a couple of degrees stretching the lead to 27-20 in the 62nd minute.

And the seesaw nature of the encounter continued when Baggett reduced the arrears to five points with a penalty in the 65th minute before Scarborough were awarded a penalty between the visitors’ ten and twenty-two metre lines; Fly-half Ratcliffe took a quick tap and the ball was moved swiftly wide through hands for replacement wing Jack Anderson to sprint over in the corner in the 68th minute to stretch the lead to 32-23.

A tense, frenetic final ten minutes ensued but skipper Matty Jones’s men maintained their intensity of effort to run out deserved winners of a hugely entertaining game. A good pack performance was augmented by solid performances by makeshift halfback pairing of Jordan Wakeham and Tom Ratcliffe. Behind them the back division were slick and well served by all five of the reshuffled unit.

CAMPBELL’S COMMENT

Another Silver Royd cracker played between committed and skilled teams with Scarborough the quicker thinking and more composed of the two. Behind a solid pack, Tom Ratcliffe did well stepping into the injured Tom Harrison’s shoes and Matty Young and Jimmy Perrett coped well in unfamiliar territory at fullback and centre respectively.

MEN OF THE MATCH: THE SCARBOROUGH FRONT ROW

No weak links in this game but Scarborough played much of the game on the front foot thanks to terrific performances in the tight and loose from Matty Jones, Sam Dawson, Nino Cutino and Mikey Whitton.

REFEREE: MR JEFF HUDSON

SCARBOROUGH: YOUNG HOLLOWAY PARKER PERRETT DOMETT RATCLIFFE WAKEHAM JONES DAWSON TAYLOR READMAN WATSON WILSON D.GOVIER MARTIN SUBSTITUTES: WHITTON PURDY ANDERSON.

MIDDLESBOROUGH: TODD KILBRIDE MCPHILLIPS C.CAMPBELLMOLONEY BAGGET FOLEY LYNAS HOARE CLARK W.CAMPBELL TREMLETT KAY WILSON LONSDALE SUBSTITUTES: SHAW COLVIN HILL

Dave Campbell previews tomorrow’s SCARBOROUGH-v-NORTH RIBBLESDALE game at Silver Royd.

9 Feb

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A VIEW FROM THE MAIN STAND AT SILVER ROYD

Scarborough entertains visitors North Ribblesdale at Silver Royd tomorrow in a game which was postponed due to inclement weather in December.

The Settle-based outfit have been deep in the Yorkshire One relegation zone for most of the season but have had a bit of a resurgence in the last few weeks winning two out of their last three games beating Hullensians 34-5 and Keighley 22-17 both at home; however they have yet to win on the road. They did give Moortown a run for their money a couple of weeks ago where they went down 39-31 earning a bonus point for scoring five tries.

Last week the whole Scarborough squad put in a big shift in beating Old Brods at Hipperholme. Matty Jones’s men played down the famous Woodhead slope and led 15-10 at half time. Playing up the slope and into driving wintery showers after the break they racked up a further 21 points and a terrific defensive display near the end saw them run out 36-27 winners of a cracking game.

If there are no late changes, Coach Simon Smith has, with the exception of the absence of the injured Tom Harrison, arguably his strongest side on the paddock. Chris Purdy retains his second row berth and Euan Govier is on the bench following a man of the match performance in the Vikings 5-0 win at Hornsea last week.

So the scene is set for another Silver Royd thriller with the visitors’ on the up and Scarborough looking to maintain their promotion push; with Ribb running in five tries at Moortown and Scarborough having racked up fourteen bonus points this season it could be a high scoring game.

SCARBOROUGH-V-NORTH RIBBLESDALE KICKS OFF AT 2.15pm TOMORROW

Read all the latest on Scarborough’s promotion push in February’s SCARBOROUGH REVIEW free at a supermarket near you.

6 Feb

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