Archive | September, 2018

Scarborough RUFC beat league-leaders Morpeth 22-17 with a terrific defensive display at Silver Royd.

29 Sep

TOM HICKS ABOUT TO WIN A LINEOUT PHOTOGRAPH: DAVE CAMPBELL

An attritional encounter at Silver Royd saw a much-reshuffled Scarborough side fall deservedly 0-7 behind league-leaders Morpeth half way through the first half of a hard-fought North One East clash at Silver Royd. However the Seasiders ran in three unanswered tries in the second quarter to lead 19-7 at the break.

An unconverted try ten minutes into the second half saw the Geordies cut the gap to seven points at 19-12; however a penalty goal from Tom Ratcliffe stretched the Seasiders lead to 22-12. A late unconverted touchdown saw the visitors reduce the arrears to 17-22. However a terrific defensive display late in the game saw the Seasiders hold on for a memorable win.

Report and photograph by Dave Campbell

MY FULL REPORT AND PICTURES BY ANDY STANDING IN THURSDAY’SSCARBOROUGH NEWS

Scarborough RUFC in the SCARBOROUGH REVIEW

28 Sep

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Scarborough RUFC take on league-leaders Morpeth at Silver Royd on Saturday. PREVIEW BY DAVE CAMPBELL

27 Sep

img_7899     Scarborough’s opponents at Silver Royd on Saturday are high-flying Northumbrian outfit Morpeth RFC.  The Geordies have a 100% record in their North One East campaign so far with wins on the road at Morley and Malton & Norton and home victories against Percy Park and Bradford & Bingley and will look to keep their run going against newly-promoted Scarborough

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JORDI WAKEHAM GETS HIS BACK LINE GOING AT HUDDERSFIELD YMCA

The Seasiders kicked the season off with a high-scoring win at Bradford and Bingley 55-33 followed by three games all won or lost very late in the game; going down 22-18 on the road at Bridlington, beating Cleckheaton 26-19 at Silver Royd and last week losing 29-26 at Huddersfield YMCA having outscored the west Yorkshiremen by four tries to two. Ex-Whitby player Luke Brown bagged a couple of tries on debut and was named man of the match.

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LUKE BROWN

For Saturday’s match Joe Marshall is ruled out with concussion following a head injury sustained last week, Euan Govier plays on the wing with Ben Martin and Aaron Wilson in the back row. Winger Jonty Holloway who departed for Newcastle University early in the week is replaced by Jack Anderson; Alexis Core makes his first start in the front row with Nino Cutino, Ryan Fowler and Will Leah on the bench. KICK OFF AT SILVER ROYD IS AT 3pm.

 

 

A Terrific start but Simon’s troops need reinforcements

23 Sep

Sam Dawson and Billy Parker in action at Huddersfield yesterday

North One East is a league populated by big, fit and in many cases semi-pro sides. Injuries to Drew Govier and Joe Marshall in the first ten minutes of the game at Huddersfield yesterday caused the reshuffle of a team already rejigged because one player was unavailable and highlighted the lack of numbers to cope with unavailability and injury.

The Arrival of French prop Alexis Core and ex-Whitby second row Luke Brown has eased the problem; however experienced wing Harry Domett has retired and as of next week Jonty Holloway will have departed for university. In addition first team flyhalf Tom Harrison was seriously injured on the first day of the season. So that’s last season’s first choice wingers and stand-off having to be replaced out of already depleted resources.

Simon Smith has done a magnificent job and his charges have made a terrific start to the season; with a modicum of luck they could be sitting on top of the league today. However if it is possible as an amateur club, the size of the squad needs desperately to be increased to cope with a long season and the physicality with which the game is played at this level.

Plucky Scarborough sunk by late Winner at Huddersfield

22 Sep

HUDDERSFIELD YMCA 29 SCARBOROUGH 26

Report and pictures from Dave Campbell

LUKE BROWN SCORED TWO TRIES ON DEBUT


Report and pictures by Dave Campbell

Scarborough bounced back from an early 0-10 deficit to Score three first half tries and lead 21-13 at the break.

Although the Seasiders stretched their to lead to 26-16 with a try from Luke Brown, his second on debut, Huddersfield chipped away at their lead with a couple of penalties and snatched a late try for a 29-26 win.

Having lost two players injured early on, Scarborough put a huge effort into a game which could have gone either way and earned two bonus points for scoring four tries and finishing within seven points of Huddersfield.

Jordi Wakeham gets his line going from an attacking Scarborough scrum

Scarborough at Huddersfield YMCA tomorrow. Dave Campbell previews the game,

21 Sep

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AARON WILSON (IN POSSESSION) PLAYS AT No8 TOMORROW

PICTURE ANDY STANDING

Following the 26-19 defeat of Cleckheaten in a cracker at Silver Royd, Scarborough are on the road for the third time this month as they visit Huddersfield YMCA tomorrow.

‘YM’ lost their opening game of the season going down 24-29 at Percy Park but have bounced back in the last couple of weeks beating Malton and Norton 36-32 at home and winning 36-29 at Bradford and Bingley. They sit one place above Scarborough in North One East in third place behind Morpeth and York.

Following the 26-19 defeat of Cleckheaten in a cracker at Silver Royd, Scarborough are on the road for the third time this month as they visit Huddersfield YMCA tomorrow.

‘YM’ lost their opening game of the season going down 24-29 at Percy Park but have bounced back in the last couple of weeks beating Malton and Norton 36-32 at home and winning 36-29 at Bradford and Bingley. They sit one place above Scarborough in North One East in third place behind Morpeth and York.

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NORTH ONE EAST (WEF 15 SEPTEMBER 2018).

Coach Simon Smith makes one enforced change from last Saturday’s line-up for the trip west, No8 Ben Martin is unavailable and Aaron Wilson moves from second row to take his place. Ex-Whitby player Luke Brown makes his league debut for the club for Wilson and will partner Tom Hicks in the Scarborough ‘engine room’.

The Vikings and Danesmen are in action at Silver Royd Tomorrow. The Silver Royd second string take on Scunthorpe and Barton are the Danesmen’s opponents.

Coach Simon Smith makes one enforced change from last Saturday’s line-up for the trip west, No8 Ben Martin is unavailable and Aaron Wilson moves from second row to take his place. Ex-Whitby player Luke Brown makes his league debut for the club for Wilson and will partner Tom Hicks in the Scarborough ‘engine room’.

The Vikings and Danesmen are in action at Silver Royd Tomorrow. The Silver Royd second string take on Scunthorpe and Barton are the Danesmen’s opponents.

Scarborough snatch bonus-point win with injury-time try at Silver Royd SCARBOROUGH 26 CLECKHEATON 19 by Dave Campbell

16 Sep

Scarborough celebrate their late try (Photograph Dave Campbell)

Scarborough scored with their first attack of what turned out to be a cracking game against Cleckheaton at Silver Royd when hooker Sam Dawson powered over in the first minute. Fly half Tom Ratcliffe converted for 7-0.

The West Yorkshireman hit back with their first incursion into home territory when Centre Mike Swetman crossed and added the extras to level the scores at 7-7.

A try by Fullback Jimmy Perrett converted by Ratcliffe mid-way through the half restored the Seasiders lead at 14-7. An evenly-fought third quarter ensued and a converted try from fullback James Wilson levelled the scores at 14-14.

However Scarborough grabbed a first half injury time try through bustling second row Aaron Wilson; Ratcliffe converted for a 21-14 half-time lead.

A hard-fought second half was hugely entertaining but defences held way until late in the game when an unconverted try gave the visitors hope at 21-19.

Cleckheaton appeared to tire as they defended in depth near then own line late in the game and Dawson saw a gap and powered over for the clincher in injury time; Ratcliffe missed his first two-pointer of the afternoon but Scarborough ran out 26-19 winner.

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IN THURSDAY’S SCARBOROUGH NEWS

Young back in action for Cleckheaton game at Silver Royd tomorrow.

14 Sep

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MATTY YOUNG (PHOTOGRAPH DAVE CAMPBELL)

Following a couple of games on the road, Scarborough plays their first home game at Silver Royd tomorrow against Cleckheaton.

Coach Simon Smith’s charges kicked off the season with a 53-33 win at Bradford & Bingley on the 1st of September scoring seven tries and picking up a bonus point. Unfortunately they lost the services of Tom Harrison injured early in the game and it looks as if he will be out of action for an extended period.

Last Saturday’s derby game with Bridlington was a pretty dour affair played in a steady downpour but ended in a breathtaking manner. The home side were leading 15-11 and were camped on the Scarborough line. They lost control going for a pushover try and the ball was cleared then hacked up-field for Jimmy Perrett to outpace the Brid defence and score. Tom Ratcliffe converted for 18-15 and against the run of play we were ahead! However referee Mr Walker was on ‘Fergie Time’ and played about six minutes extra and Brid scored with the final play of the game to, not undeservedly win 22-18.

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SCARBOROUGH DRIVE TO THE LINE FOR BEN MARTIN’S TRY AT BRIDLINGTON

 It’s very early days yet in their North One East campaign but Cleckheaton were shocked by their 56-5 defeat at the Gannock by Malton & Norton on the opening day; however last week they bounced back with the 25-17 home defeat of Bradford & Bingley at their Moorend ground. They raced to a 20-3 halftime lead but eased off after the break to cross the whitewash only once as the Bees staged an unsuccessful but spirited comeback.

Matty Young who was unavailable last week is the only personnel change for tomorrow’s game and plays at fullback; Jonty Holloway moves to the wing and Jack Anderson drops to the bench. Last Saturday the Seasiders’ poor ball retention and work at the breakdown saw them struggle for possession and probably cost them the game No doubt they will have been working to improve on that on the training paddock this week. 

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THE VALKRYIES BREAK FROM DEFENCE AGAINST WEST PARK LEEDS

(PHOTOGRAPH: ANDY STANDING)

Last Sunday Scarborough’s women’s team the Valkryies entertained West Park Leeds in their first game of the season at Silver Royd. The local ladies had the edge in an end to end first half and led 24-15 at the break thanks to tries from skipper Jess Bray (2), Danni Rowley and Hayley Scholes who converted two.

Hayley Scholes was concussed in the first half and could play no further part in the game. However a battle royal ensued in the second half with the lead changing hands several times. The Valkryies scored late in the game to grab a 36-34 victory thanks to tries from Jess Bray (her hat-trick) and Beth Rounding; Jenny Arnell’s injury time conversion ensuring the points.

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VETERAN PROP AND CLUB STALWART PAUL TAYLOR WAS IN VIKINGS ACTION LAST WEEK (PHOTGRAPH: DAVE CAMPBELL)

 

The Vikings played their opening game of the season at Silver Royd last Saturday and blew away the challenge of Bridlington 2nds in a 44-3 win with tries from Mikey Readman, Jordan Holloway, Dudley Sergeant, Tom Read, Christian Marco Dente, Chris Mabbott, Luke Brown and Lewis Ward who added two conversions. New signing  Luke Brown was awarded man of the match on his debut.

 

 

Injury time Bridlington try snatches victory from Scarborough at Dukes Park!

8 Sep

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Bridlington and Scarborough scrum down at Dukes Park

RFU NORTHERN DIVISION – NORTH ONE EAST

BRIDLINGTON 22 SCARBOROUGH 18

By Dave Campbell

Scarborough hearts were broken when Bridlington scored a late try to snatch victory in a rather dour local derby played in a downpour at Dukes Park.

The visitors took an early lead when flyhalf Tom Ratcliffe stroked over a 30 metre penalty to nudge his side 3-0 ahead. Some terrific Scarborough defending kept the home side at bay but  coach Shaun Fearn’s charges nudged 5-3 ahead with a close-range try in the 15th minute.

Scarborough took the game to the visitors and camped deep the Brid half before no8 Ben Martin scored a terrific opportunist try in the corner for 8-5 following a series of scrums on the home line.

Bridlington struck back for another unconverted try five minutes before the break to tie the scores before Ratcliffe nudged his side 11-8 ahead with a penalty on the stroke of half time.

Scarborough lost possession in midfield just after the break and Bridlington took advantage to drive to the visitors’ line and went over for a converted try to lead 15-11 early in the half.

Stalemate ensued and Bridlington bossed most of the second half. With about five minutes on the clock the men from Queensgate were camped on the Scarborough line going for a pushover try when they lost possession and the ball was hoofed upfield. Ratcliffe hacked on and Jimmy Perrett outpaced the Bridlington defence to gain possession and aquaplane over the line to score. Ratcliffe added the extras to nudge his side 18-15 ahead in injury time.

Following an injury-free second half, the referee Mr Walker added seven minutes of injury time which allowed Bridlington to spend a final five minutes in Scarborough territory and snatch a late converted try for a not undeserved 22-18 win.

READ MY FULL REPORT PLUS PICTURES FROM ANDY STANDING IN THIS WEEK’S SCARBOROUGH NEWS

French prop Alexis Coré in Scarborough squad for local derby at Bridlington

6 Sep

Alexis Coré

Last Saturday Scarborough opened the North One East accountwith a big win at Bradford and Bingley. The Seasiders raced to an early 24-12 lead and further touchdowns from flyhalf Tom Ratcliffe, scrum-half Jordi Watkeham and substitute Joe Marshall saw them lead 29-12 at the break. Second half tries from Jonty Holloway, skipper Matty Jones and a second from Jimmy Perrett plus eighteen points from the boot of Ratcliffe saw Simon Smith’s charges to a resounding 53-33 win.

img_7863-1 JORDI WAKEHAM and JACK ANDERSON in action at Bradford and Bingley – courtesy BRADFORD & BINGLEY RFC

Fullback Tom Harrison twisted a knee and limped off early in the proceedings to be replaced by Joe Marshall and is awaiting an MRI scan. Wingman Matty Young played in the centre for the unavailable Billy Parker who returns this week as Young is on his annual holiday and French Prop Alexis Core is in the squad for Saturday’s game at local rivals Bridlington.

With Matty Jones leaving shortly for New Zealand and winger Jonty Holloway leaving for university in late September and Harry Domett retired the Seasiders are struggling to bolster their squad. However, Scarborough RUFC Ltd although a big organization is a community club and is therefore strictly amateur on the playing side; so unlike professional or semi-pro sports clubs they don’t have the option to just go out and sign replacements when players leave or retire. Good stewardship at Silver Royd has seen many of the present squad come through the ranks from the age of seven and hopefully that conveyer belt will continue to function; however once young players get to eighteen they are more than likely to leave for university and therefore I suppose the ‘circle of rugby life’ for a community club is complete.

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SIX PLAYERS WHO GRADUATED FROM JUNIOR RUGBY TO THE FIRST TEAM SQUAD
AARON WILSON, BEN, MARTIN, JOE MARSHALL, JORDI WAKEHAM, DREW GOVIER AND WILL LEAH (PHOTO ANDY STANDING)

Last Saturday Bridlington lost by the narrowest of margins going down 26-27 at Pockington but I’m sure the men from Dukes Park will be up to the challenge of Scarborough in their first local derby played at North One East level.

 

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