Archive | October, 2018

Ratcliffe has a huge influence on Scarborough’s dynamic start in North One East. DAVE CAMPBELL REPORTS

27 Oct


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Scarborough rugby legend Barry Beanland has reportedly said that Tom Ratcliffe is the right player in the right position in the right team this season.

How incisive and true. The big ex-rugby league player has found his niche at fly-half since Tom Harrison was injured in the opening game of the season at Bradford & Bingley.

Tom has been central to Scarborough’s successful start to the season and today instigated all five of his side’s tries, converted four and kicked a late penalty for a 36-29 win.

Tom was club captain a couple of season ago and the affable fly half is now a much loved favourite of the Scarborough faithful.

Tom Ratcliffe masterclass inspires ScarboroughRUFC to 36-29 triumph at Pocklington REPORT BY DAVE CAMPBELL.

27 Oct

Scarborough No8 Ben Martin wins a lineout At Pocklington

Scarborough opened the scoring with a try from skipper Sam Dawson early in a terrific North One encounter at Pocklington but ended an exciting first half level pegging at 19-19.

‘Pock’ raced to an early second half 29-19 lead thanks to a couple of unconverted tries.

However the Seasiders came back strongly in the final quarter taking the lead with tries from bustling centre Aaron Wilson and a second from fullback Jimmy Perrett. Scarborough’s outstanding flyhalf Tom Ratcliffe converted both to round off a man-of-the-Match performance which saw the big number ten involved in every Scarborough try.

Man of the March: Tom Ratcliffe

Tough trip to Pocklington for Scarborough RUFC this afternoon! by DAVE CAMPBELL

27 Oct

Newcomer Manning Smith is on the bench at Percy road.

They’re not getting over excited at Silver Royd following last week’s cracking 50-43 defeat of York that sees the Seasiders joint top of North One East.

Scarborough’s aim I think at the start of the season was to hold their own at level six with survival then consolidation a reasonable goal. And although it’s early days they have made strides towards that.

They travel to Pocklington having won their last three games and will take on a side which has had mixed fortunes since being relegated from the North Premier League at the end of last season. Opening wins against Bridlington and Driffield (both at home) then the defeat of Consett on road got them off to a great start. Since then they have won only one out of four and went down 27-55 at Bradford & Bingley last week.

Coach Simon Smith’s charges show several changes from the lineup that faced York; in the pack Cade Robinson starts in the second row with Tom Hicks in the back row. In the threes Jonty Holloway returns on the wing and Aaron Wilson plays inside centre. Kiwi newcomer Manning Smith joins Jordan Holloway and Nino Cutino on the bench.

It’s going to be cold this afternoon so wrap up warm if you’re travelling to Pocklington.

Scarborough pip league-leaders York 50-43 in cracker at Silver Royd. FULL REPORT BY DAVE CAMPBELL

26 Oct





By Dave Campbell

A game of skill and passion which ebbed and flowed from start to finish saw Scarborough and York share fifteen classy tries with the Seasiders just edging what was undoubtedly the most exciting contest seen at Silver Royd since it opened in 2009.

York won possession from the kick-off and won a penalty which was kicked to the corner. From the resulting lineout they drove over with fly-half Liam Hessay touching down in the 4th minute. Fullback John Dawes missed a difficult conversion in the swirling wind. From the restart York regained possession and spread the ball wide left where centre George Davies cut inside and galloped over between the uprights. Dawe added the extras for a 12-0 York lead following an opening period when Scarborough failed to get their hands on the ball.

I feared the Seasiders may be swamped early in the game but they showed great fighting spirit living off scraps in the face of some brilliant possession rugby from the visitors and came storming back with tries from scrumhalf Jordy Wakeham who took a quick tap from a penalty in the York half to jink his way through the visiting defence to score in the 8th minute and wing Jack Anderson who showed his opposite number Rich Downey a clean pair of heals to power to over in the 15th minute to level the scores at 12-12. Fly-half Tom Ratcliffe converted Wakeham’s effort.

Scarborough’s ‘in your face’ attitude at the breakdown was exemplified by French prop Alexi Coré who stole the ball at a ruck mid-way in the visitors half and muscularly barged his way through a posse of defenders for a brilliant solo try in the 25th minute; Ratcliffe converted for a 19-12 Scarborough lead.

The Minstermen who played some terrific rugby throughout, regained control particularly at the set scrum and tries from No8 Shane Goulding and wing Rich Downey, converted by Dawes saw them lead 24-19 at the break following a breathtaking first forty minutes.

The Champagne stuff continued after the break with Scarborough running in four tries without reply in 25 minutes; flanker Aaron Wilson, debutante forward Cane Robinson, lock Tom Hicks and Jordi Wakeham touching down; Ratcliffe converted two and with quarter of an hour to go Scarborough led 43-24.

Game over? Not a bit of it; the gutsy minstermen just wouldn’t lie down and regained control up front, running in another three tries. Hessay, followed by flying winger Gary Singleton then fullback Dawes crossed in the space of six minutes. Dawes converted two and the visitors had stunned the Silver Royd crowd into silence drawing level at 43-43 with three minutes to go.

With the game looking set for what would have been an unlikely draw the young Scarborough side drove deep into York territory and Jordi Wakeham threw a miss-pass to Jack Anderson just outside the visitors’ 22. He turned on the afterburners to take him to the line where he was held up. The ball was recycled and Wakeham passed inside and Matty Jones looped in to crash through and scatter a line of defending bodies to score in the 81st minute and Silver Royd went wild! Ratcliffe converted for a 50-43 win and a stunning end to a magnificent contest.

This was a game which could have gone either way andwhich neither side deserved to lose. York for the most part played an entertaining brand of running rugby augmented by excellent ball retention. Scarborough had to live of scraps for much of the time but were inventive, slick and played with controlled aggression in broken play. Newcomer Cade Robinson had an outstanding debut and bagged himself a try. The whole forward pack worked their collective socks off and prop Alexis Coré had his best game for the club. Behind them Jordi Wakeham took the plaudits with Ratcliffe and Perrett in a buzzing backline.



It was extremely difficult to pick someone following such a team effort but Alexis gets the nod following a terrific game in tight and loose and a try fashioned from pure guts and determination.



Scarborough triumph 50-43 following 15 try thriller with York at Silver Royd

20 Oct




By Dave Campbell

Perhaps I’ve had a sheltered rugby upbringing but I really have to say the game at Silver Royd this afternoon was the most exciting one I’ve ever watched!

On a perfect afternoon for rugby, league-leaders York raced to a 12-0 lead in only six minutes scoring a couple of tries and converting one with Scarborough laying a hand on the ball!

I feared the Seasiders may be swamped early in the game but showing great fighting spirit they came storming back with tries from scrumhalf Jordy Wakeham, Jack Anderson and a brilliant solo effort from French prop Alexis Coré; Tom Ratcliffe converted two for a 19-12 lead. 

The Minstermen who played some terrific rugby throughout, came back with two tries, one converted to lead 24-19 at half time. 

Scarborough battled back in the third quarters running in four unanswered tries to lead 43-24 mid way through the half; however with a superb display of running, possession rugby the visitors scored three tries in five minutes to draw level at 43-43 with time running out. 

With the game looking set for what would have been an amazing draw, Scarborough skipper Matty Jones popped up in the York half to smash through a posse of would-be tacklers to grab a superb try and Silver Royd went wild; Ratcliffe converted for an even more amazing Scarborough win.




From the touchline with Dave Campbell

17 Oct

Scarborough defend at a scrum against York in January at Silver Royd

At the moment I’m not sure if I’ll make It to Silver Royd for Saturday’s local derby with North One East leaders York as I’m still in hospital following a ‘heart do’ on Sunday night, so fingers crossed.

The men from Clifton Park have made a great start to their campaign and are league-leaders on points-scored difference from Bridlington. They were surprisingly beaten 31-30 by Malton & Norton at the Gannock in their last away fixture but bounced back with the 34-20 home defeat of Bradford & Bingley last week.

Skipper Matty Jones’ men continued their good form with the 45-27 defeat of West Leeds on the road last week, running in seven tries for a bonus point and moving up to fourth in the table.

Last season we were soundly thrashed 56-7 by the minstermen at Clifton Park early in the season but made a better fist of things going down 14-17 following a hard-fought home game in January.

Drew Govier

for Saturday’s game Drew Govier is unavailable and is replaced by Aaron Wilson; Aaron’s berth in the engine room is taken by Luke Brown.

In the backs Joe Marshall plays on the wing for Jonty Holloway who has returned to Newcastle University; newcomer Cade Robinson joins fit-again Nino Cutino and Jordan Holloway on the bench.

Scarborough kicks off at West Leeds last week

Family time as three sets of brothers turn out for Scarborough yesterday.

14 Oct

Yesterday saw three sets of brothers from families involved with Scarborough RUFC all in action for the club. Left to right above: Euan and Drew Govier, Sam, Tristan and dad Matty Else and Jonty and Jordan Holloway. The Goviers and Holloways played for the first fifteen at West Leeds with the Else trio  in action at Silver Royd for the Norsemen against Hullensians Hawks. 

A busy day yesterday at Scarborough RUFC in pictures

14 Oct

         Pictures by Dave Campbell and Tom Harrison 

Simon Smith making progress at Scarborough RUFC

14 Oct

Having secured promotion from Yorkshire One and won the Yorkshire Shield last season, Simon Smith and his young side has made an impressive start to their North One East campaign this season.

A 55-33 win at Bradford & Bingley on the opening day of the season saw the Seasiders get of to a flying start and yesterday’s 45-27 win at West Leeds sees them fourth in North One.

Skipper Matty Jones’s side are looking to consolidate in their first season at this level but have pushed to within three points of league leaders York!

Next week Scarborough take on League-leaders York at Silver Royd. It should be an absolute cracker don’t miss it 😀

Scarborough bag a 45-27 win on the road and move up to fourth in North One East.

13 Oct

Brothers Jonty and Jordan Holloway who were in action against West Leeds this afternoon. Picture TOM HARRISON

Scarborough raced to an early 14-0 lead in their North One game at West Leeds with tries from Jordi Wakeham and Ben Martin both converted by flyhalf Tom Ratcliffe.

A touchdown  by the home side was followed by an unconverted try from wing Jack Anderson which stretched the lead to 19-7.

 A Jimmy Perrett try converted by Ratcliffe stretched the visitors lead to 26-7 at the break

A ding dong battle after the break saw the visitors run in three further tries from Anderson, skipper Matty Jones and Centre Billy Parker, two converted by Ratcliffe.

A late West Leeds try earned them a bonus point but Scarborough ran out convincing 45-27 winners and moveed up to fourth in North One East.

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