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.




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