It’s going to be a very busy end to the season! Dave Campbell previews Scarborough’s hectic finale to the 2017-18 campaign.

23 Mar

 2018-03-11 PIC TOM RATCLIFFE

TOM RATCLIFFE CONTINUES AT FLY-HALF      PHOTOGRAPH ANDY STANDING

Tomorrow’s game against second-placed Beverley on the road is the first of five season-defining league games for Scarborough which will settle how Coach Simon Smith’s first hugely successful campaign will end. Tomorrow’s clash will of course be an eight pointer and he has included Matty Oxtoby in the second row to team up with Phil Watson and Nino Cutino starting at prop. Behind the pack Tom Harrison will play fullback with Jimmy Perrett at outside centre and Tom Ratcliffe at stand-off. Beverley were soundly beaten 36-12 at Silver Royd on the 25th of November. However following that defeat the men from Beaver Park won the next eight games before losing at Middlesbrough on the 24th of February. They won 19-18 at Heath on their last outing.

2018-03-23 league table

Scarborough have been in the mix at the top of Yorkshire One from the start of the season but the next five weeks will sort out which of one-time runaway leaders York, Beverley, Heath, Scarborough or Middlesbrough will move up to play regional rugby in North One next season.

Starting tomorrow four of those games are away from home and the first two are eight-pointers against Beverley and Heath who had the upper hand on their visit to the seaside winning 26-17.

The only remaining home league game left is on April 7th against Moortown; the Leeds-based outfit inflicted the second of Scarborough’s two defeats on the road this season with a 34-12 win in December. The league season concludes with games at North Ribblesdale and Keighley who were both beaten at Silver Royd.

Elsewhere Middlesbrough have the easiest of run-ins with three games at home and two away whereas Heath have yet to play league-leaders York home and away and Beverley entertain York at Beaver Park in their penultimate home game. Scarborough has by far the most difficult run-in but it’s in their own hands now. A full list of remaining league fixtures can be found at: www.englandrugby.com/fixtures-and-results

And when the Yorkshire One fixtures are concluded with York in all probability champions, the second placed club will then play-off against the second side in Durham/Northumberland One which will be either Barnard Castle or Durham City. So it’s going to be a very busy five weeks and I haven’t yet mentioned the Yorkshire Challenge Shield where Scarborough play Beverley in a home semi-final at a date yet to be arranged; but first tomorrow!

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