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Scarborough 50 Morley 17 Full report by Dave Campbell

29 Nov

. Jordi Wakeham puts in a box kick against Morley

RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION (RFU) NORTHERN DIVISION – NORTH EAST ONE

SCARBOROUGH 50 MORLEY 17

By Dave Campbell

In a dazzling display at Silver Royd, Scarborough gave visitors Morley a head start by conceding an early try then stormed back with eight tries of their own for a bonus-point win that keeps them top of North One East. 

Morley got off to a flying start in the 3rd minute when hooker Simon Ridgeway was driven over following a catch and drive from a five metre lineout for a 5-0 lead; fullback Thomas Isherwood missed the conversion.

Sloppy handling by the Morley defence two minutes later saw the Seasiders win possession and quick hands saw centre Matty Young cross wide on the right to level the scores at 5-5

Morley kicked out on the full from the re-start but regained possession at the resulting scrum and immediately applied forward pressure with their cohesive pack. And following a period where the visitors were camped on the Scarborough line, skipper Matty Jones was singled out in the 12th minute for a yellow card following several team infringements.

Scarborough did well to weather the storm for the following ten minutes and ran in a couple of tries in Jones’s absence. A period of pressure on the Morley line saw a series of darts from the base of rucks repulsed before quick thinking scrum-half Jordi Wakeham dummied the visiting defenders on their own line to score near the posts in the 19th minute. Tom Ratcliffe added the extras for a 12-5 lead before scoring a superb individual try in the corner following a looping run from 25 metres in the 22nd minute. 

With half-time approaching Morley again applied pressure through their pack which just about had the edge in the set pieces. Powerful drives from short range tested the home defence which held firm with some terrific last ditch tackles but eventually succumbed when loose-head prop Greg Jones reached out and ‘grounded’ near the base of the post in the 38th minute. Isherwood converted to cut the Scarborough lead to 17-12 at the break.  

Scarborough started the second half with verve and stretched their lead within three minutes of the kick-off; a ruck just outside the Morley twenty two saw Wakehamclear out and Ratcliffe release centre Aaron Wilson to bulldoze through and ground between the uprights; Ratcliffe converted for 24-12.

A powerful performance in the third quarter from the Seasiders completely starved the Leeds-based outfit of possession with some terrific work at the breakdown by the Dynamic Silver Royd pack and the drives and carries from second rowers Cade Robinson and Tom Hicks hit at the very heart of the Morley defence.

A superb display of box-kicking from Jordi Wakeham and tactical kicking from halfback partner Tom Ratcliffe pinned the visitors back in their own half and the game turned on an eight minute period in the final quarter when Scarborough ran in a further three tries without reply. Following a period of pressure on the Morley line hooker Sam Dawson drove over and Ratcliffe converted for 31-12 in the 65th minute. 

Five minutes later a superb flat pass from Robinson found Drew Govier; the flanker was tackled by Isherwood but got the ball away to fullback Jimmy Perrett who romped over in the 70th minute; Ratcliffe added the extra two for 38-12. Three minutes later Robinson made a punishing break and released winger Manning Smith to show his opposite number Richard Knowles a clean pair of heels and touchdown for 43-12.

Referee Gavin Jones penalised Scarborough in their own 22 for a high tackle and  having spoken to skipper Jones gave him insufficient time to pass on the official warning to his team and quick thinking Morley centre Jonnie Graham darted over to score a consolation try for the visitors for 43-17 in the 77th minute.

Game over? Not a bit of it; Morley won possession from a scrum mid-way in their half and moved the ball somewhat predictably across their backline; livewire JordiWakeham read the telegraph, intercepted and nipped in to score between the uprights; Ratcliffe converted for the half ton.

Coach Simon Smith must have been delighted with such a committed team performance with outstanding contributions all over the paddock; from a dynamic forward pack to a back division which shared seven of the eight tries scored.  The men from Silver Royd have scored almost 60 tries so far this season but still know they have many hard battles ahead in this most difficult of leagues.

SCARBOROUGH: PERRETT SMITH YOUNG WILSON JONTY HOLLOWAY RATCLIFFE WAKEHAM CORE DAWSON JONES (CAPT) ROBINSON HICKS E.GOVIER D.GOVIER MARTIN   REPLACEMENTS; CUTINO ANDERSON JORDAN HOLLOWAY (ALL USED)

MEN OF THE MATCH: CADE ROBINSON & JORDAN WAKEHAM

With so many outstanding performances it was difficult to pick one player out, so I’ve named two; CADE ROBINSON for a superb performance in defence and going forward and JORDAN WAKEHAM whose quick-thinking in distribution, effective box-kicking and of course his two tries were big factors in his team’s success.

 

Scarborough make enforced changes for difficult game in the North-East. DAVE CAMPBELL previews Percy Park -v- Scarborough

28 Nov

Matty Young (left) opened the scoring against Morley last week

PHOTOGRAPH: ANDY STANDING

Following consecutive wins on the Road at Consett and last week at Silver Royd, Scarborough have no time to rest on their laurels as they travel to North Shields on Saturday to take on Percy Park. The Geordies are undefeated at home so far this season winning all six fixtures at their Preston Road ground. Their last couple of home games have seen them beat Bridlington 43-0 and Malton & Norton 39-17.

Last Saturday saw Scarborough bounce back from a try conceded in the 3rd minute of the game to put visitors Morley to the sword running in eight tries in a convincing 50-17 win to remain top of North One East. However they have injury and unavailability problems for Saturday’s trip north.  

Sam Dawson (left) misses Saturday’s visit to Percy Park

Last week a punishing pack performance was the cornerstone of a memorable victory; however for the visit to Percy Park the Seasiders’ eight will be disrupted by the absence of hooker Sam Dawson and second row Tom Hicks with work commitments and No8 Ben Martin who is injured. Coach Simon Smith moves Matty Jones to hooker and the experienced Nino Cutino starts at prop for Jones. Ex-Whitby lock Luke Brown steps in for Hicks and the versatile Aaron Wilson moves from centre to replace Martin; Billy Parker returns from injury in the centre.

This game will stretch Scarborough’s playing resources but the squad has coped well so far this campaign and the team retains a familiar look with Parker and Wilson returning to familiar ground and a more than useful bench of Ian Williams,  Jordan Holloway and Jack Anderson. The team and supporters’ bus leaves Silver Royd at 9.45am on Saturday.

Also in action on the road on Saturday are the Vikings who travel to Beverley for a 2.15pm kick-off; they’ll be looking for more of the same after thrashing Hull University 64-10 at Silver Royd on their last outing.

CONSETT 14 SCARBOROUGH 31 Full report by DAVE CAMPBELL

27 Nov

 

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RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION (RFU) NORTHERN DIVISION – NORTH EAST ONE

CONSETT 14 SCARBOROUGH 31

By Dave Campbell

Scarborough bounced back from an early reverse at Consett to run in five thrilling tries and grab top spot in North One East with a 31-14 victory.

Scarborough pressed early in the game and had the home defence on the back foot during the opening exchanges. However they weathered the early storm and a massive clearance from defence from a penalty, won them a lineout on the Scarborough five metre line. A clean catch saw second row Dale Raine driven over in the 6th minute. Fullback Nick Cook added the extras for a 7-0 lead

The play ebbed and flowed in the opening quarter and it took the Seasiders a while to settle; however following a period camped on the home line, scrum-half Jordan Wakeham moved the ball in-field to fly-half Tom Ratcliffe who juggled the ball with both hands before a flicked pass to Aaron Wilson saw the big stand-in centre power over in the 20th minute. Radcliffe converted to level the scores at 7-7.

The Seasiders continued to press and following a quick tap penalty by Wakeham from a ruck on the Consett line, the ball was whipped wide right for wing Jonty Holloway to scamper over in the corner for 12-7 on the half-hour.

It was by no means one-way traffic but the visiting pack were pressurising the home ball carriers all over the paddock and following good work by centre Aaron Wilson, Kiwi second row Cade Robinson made a powerful break and released fullback Jimmy Perrett who raced to the line and scored between the uprights in the 38th minute. Ratcliffe converted for a 19-7 half-time lead.

Honours were even during the opening period of the second half but the visitors always look the likelier side to score and when Tom Hicks pounced on a loose ball following a ruck on half-way, he powered down the left touchline to score in the corner in the 51st minute for a 24-7 Scarborough lead.

Hicks’s try was a precursor to a period of pressure from Consett who looked to attack the Scarborough wide defence but had little joy against a hard-tackling back three. 

The Seasiders showed steel and concentration during a period of pressure where Consett fullback Nick Cook was sin-binned in the 57th minute for taking Scarborough’s Perrett out in mid-air following a towering up-and-under from home fly-half Dougie Patterson

Crunching tackles from makeshift centres Matty Young and Aaron Wilson and the Scarborough pack’s back five rocked the rampaging Geordies back on their heels and a Howitzer clearance from Tom Ratcliffe lifted the siege.

As the game progressed work from scrum-half Wakeham and his half-back partner Ratcliffe kept their line moving and the Seasiders always appeared to have another gear if required. And from the rear of an attacking lineout, a delayed pass by Wakeham in midfield released flanker Drew Govier to side-step fullback Nick Cook, returned to action from the sin-bin, and glide in between the uprights in the 72nd minute; Ratcliffe added the extras for 31-7.

To their credit Consett continued to press and having capitalized on a Scarborough mid-field fumble, the ball was taken on and Raine crossed for a consolation try in the 79th minute; Cook converted.

There are no easy games in North One East and this feisty encounter was proof of that; Matty Jones’s men played with controlled aggression, invention and no little skill and were full value for their bonus-point win.

SCARBOROUGH NEWS MAN OF THE MATCH: CADE ROBINSON 

There were outstanding performances all over the paddock, from quick thinking scrum-half Jordi Wakeham and bustling Aaron Wilson to dynamic second row Tom Hicks. However with an all-action performance at the set-piece, defence and in the loose Kiwi lock Cade Robinson took the man of the match award.  

SCARBOROUGH: PERRETT JONTY HOLLOWAY WILSON YOUNG SMITH RATCLIFFE WAKEHAM JONES DAWSON CORE ROBINSON HICKS E. GOVIER D. GOVIER MARTIN

REPLACEMENTS: CUTINO JORDAN HOLLOWAY ANDERSON (all used)

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCARBOROUGH BLOW AWAY MORLEY’S CHALLENGE TO REMAIN TOP OF NORTH ONE EAST report by Dave Campbell

24 Nov

2018-11-24 MATTY YOUNG V MORLEY

MATTY YOUNG (LEFT) OPENED THE SCORING AGAINST MORLEY TODAY

PHOTOGRAPH ANDY STANDING

RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION (RFU) NORTHERN DIVISION – NORTH EAST ONE

SCARBOROUGH 50 MORLEY 17

By Dave Campbell

Scarborough conceded a try with less than five minutes played but came storming back for another outstanding bonus-point win at Silver Royd.

Morley struck in the 3rd minute before the Seasiders had time to draw breath when hooker Simon Ridgeway powered over from close range for a 5-0 lead.

Scarborough struck back almost immediately when centre Matty Young crossed from close range two minutes later to level the scores at 5-5. They then lost the services of skipper Matty Jones yellow-carded in the 11th minute for an offence only referee Gavin Jones saw.

Tries from scrum-half Jordi Wakeham and Tom Ratcliffe who converted Wakeham’s effort stretched the home lead to 17-5 before flanker Ollie Flegg scored from close-range for the visitors on the stroke of half-time.; Fullback Thomas Isherwood converted to cut the deficit to 17-12 at the break.

Scarborough dominated the second half with perhaps their best forty minutes rugby this season and tries from centre Aaron Wilson, hooker Sam Dawson, wing Manning Smith, fullback Jimmy Perrett and a second for Wakeham. Morley scored a late consolation try but Scarborough ran out convincing 50-17 winners.

 

FULL REPORT AND PICTURES IN THURSDAY’S SCARBOROUGH NEWS

 

Dave Campbell previews tomorrows game between Scarborough and Morley at Silver Royd

23 Nov

2018-11-17 LINEOUT CONSETT-V-SCARBOROUGH

A Scarborough attacking lineout in the 31-14 win at Consett last week.

PHOTOGRAPH: TOM HARRISON

Even sitting at the top of North One East skipper Matty Jones’s men will know they have difficult game ahead at Silver Royd tomorrow.

This is the first time Scarborough has played Morley since I joined the club forty years ago in 1978; in fact the only time I have visited their Scratcherd Lane ground was many, many moons ago to see Andy Holloway (father of Jordan and Jonty) play for Wakefield in the final of the Yorkshire Cup against Headingly.

The Leeds-based outfit reached the second tier of English league rugby in the nineties but last season were relegated from the North Premier division. They kicked off the season at Morpeth where they went down 35-22; however after that they had a run of seven games in which they lost only once, 36-19 at York. They have yet to win in November, losing narrowly 33-29 at Malton and 28-19 against Bradford & Bingley at Scratcherd Lane last week.

Last Saturday Matty Jones’s men were on the road at Consett and came away with a 31-14 win following a hard-fought encounter. Tries from Aaron Wilson, Jonty Holloway, Jimmy Perrett, Tom Hicks and Drew Govier and six points from the boot of Tom Ratcliffe earning a bonus point to go top of the table; Coach Simon Smith has named an unchanged squad for tomorrow’s game. The last two games here at Silver Royd have produced a total of 25 tries and 161 points…are we in for more of the same tomorrow?

SCARBOROUGH RUFC TOP NORTH ONE EAST WITH 31-14 WIN AT CONSETT

17 Nov

2018-11-17 LINEOUT CONSETT-V-SCARBOROUGH

SCARBOROUGH CONTEST  AN ATTACKING LINEOUT AT CONSETT (PHOTO COURTESY SCARBOROUGH RUFC TWITTER

RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION (RFU) NORTHERN DIVISION – NORTH EAST ONE

CONSETT 14 SCARBOROUGH 31

By Dave Campbell

Scarborough bounced back from an early reverse at Consett to run in five thrilling tries and grab top spot in North One East with a 31-14 victory.

The men from county Durham pressed early in the game and had the visiting defence on the back foot during the opening exchanges. They grabbed an early lead with a converted try with a catch-and-drive from an attacking lineout in the 6th minute for a 7-0 lead.

It took the Seasiders most of the opening quarter to settle but when they did the tries came quickly; fly-half Tom Ratcliffe released centre Aaron Wilson to power over in the 25th minute and converted himself to level the scores at 7-7. Five minutes later wing Jonty Holloway scored in the corner for 12-8 following a quick tap penalty and fullback Jimmy Perrett outstripped the Consett defence following good work by Aaron Wilson and second row Cade Robinson. Ratcliffe converted for a 19-7 half-time lead.

Second Row Tom Hicks galloped in from forty metres out to stretch the lead to 24-7 in the 50th minute which was a precursor to a period of pressure from Consett which was well handled by the visiting defence before a slick pass from an attacking lineout by scrum-half Jordi Wakeham released flanker Drew Govier to touchdown; Ratcliffe added the extras to put the matter beyond doubt at 31-7. Consett scored a late consolation try to produce a 31-14 final scoreline.

CONSETT -v- SCARBOROUGH Dave Campbell previews tomorrow’s big North One clash in County Durham

17 Nov

Brothers Euan and Drew Govier (left) and Jonty and Jordan Holloway (right)  play at Consett tomorrow

Following last week’s well-earned break from league action, Scarborough RUFC return to the fray at Consett later today where they take on the side currently propping up North One East. The county Durham-based outfit were promoted from Durham/Northumberland One at the end of last season when a late run saw them pip Durham City who had held top spot in the league from the off. Durham City then incomprehensibly refused the nominated play-off date with Scarborough and the Seasiders were promoted!

Consett lost their opening game of the season at home 34-36 to West Leeds and since then have failed to win a game home or away in the league culminating in last week’s 14-31 home defeat to Malton and Norton at their Amethyst Park HQ.

Having made a solid start to the season, Scarborough share top spot in North One East with York, Morpeth and Huddersfield YMCA but are bottom of that group with an inferior points-difference, mainly due to a poor defensive record. Having won four consecutive games the Seasiders slid to a 26-42 home defeat at the hands of Driffield in their last league game at Silver Royd.

For today’s game Manning Smith and Jonty Holloway start on the wings with Aaron Wilson drafted into the centre for Billy Parker who has work commitments. Up front Drew and Euan Govier are in the back row joining Ben Martin at No8 with Tom Hicks and Cade Robinson in the engine room. Jordan Holloway joins Nino Cutino and Jack Anderson on the bench.

The Vikings and Danesmen are also in action as they take on Hull University and Driffield respectively at Silver Royd; both games kick off at 2.15pm. The Valkryies take on Hull Ionians at Silver Royd tomorrow, kick-off at 2pm.

SCARBOROUGH 26 DRIFFIELD 42 Full report by Dave Campbell

8 Nov

RFU NORTHERN DIVISION- NORTH ONE EAST

MAN OF THE MATCH: JORDAN WAKEHAM


Scarborough’s third local derby in as many weeks, this time against Driffield, followed the pattern set in the previous two games with York and Pocklington in that, they were high-scoring, full of attacking rugby and tries. However, unlike the previous two, the Seasiderswere on the wrong end of a fifty-plus points score-line. 

 

The Woldsmen were unable to harness a strong south-westerly wind in the opening quarter and it was Scarborough who took the lead with the first score of the game after 27 minutes; wing Jack Anderson stepping on the gas down the right touchline and taking a pass from centre Aaron Wilson to score in the corner.

 

The visitors bounced back in the 32nd minute when Scarborough second row Tom Hicks was sin-binned for a high-tackle and fly-half James Watts slotted the resulting penalty to reduce the arrears at 5-3.Skipper Matty Jones’s men seemed to take this temporary dismissal in their stride and from a penalty just outside the Driffield 22, ever-alert scrum-half Jordan Wakeham took a quick tap and scampered over in the 34th minute. Fly-half Tom Ratcliffe added the extras for a 12-3 lead.

Coach Simon Smith’s charges then totally switched off and conceded three tries scored by No8 George Mewburn (2) and hooker Jack Sowersby all converted by Watts in the space of five minutes to trail 12-24 at the break.

 

The shell-shocked Silver-Royders had to start from scratch in the second half and they applied themselves vigorously with some barn storming runs from Hick, Cade Robinson and replacement prop Nino Cutino. And following a yellow card for ex-Scarborough prop Alessandro Zavatti, Wakeham took another quick tap about 30 metres out and sliced through the visiting defence to score between the uprights in the 52nd minute. Ratcliffe converted to reduce the arrears to five points at 19-24.

 

Driffield attacked from the re-start and only committed defence deep in their own 22 kept Scarborough in touch.  They redoubled their efforts to get back into the game and when Wilson made a muscular dash up the right touchline his inside pass found Hicks with a lot still to do. The abrasive second row powered through some heavy traffic and barged over in the 66th minute. Ratcliffe nudged his side 26-24 ahead with the conversion.

 

A Watts penalty in the 69th minute saw the Woldsmen regain the lead at 27-26 and it looked as if we were in for another nail-biting finish to another local derby? Not so! Driffieldupped the tempo in the closing ten minutes and three unanswered tries from wing JoeRobinson, scrum-half Craig Gray and fullback Harry Jackson. .saw them end the second half as they had the first and collect a bonus point with a well-deserved 42-26 win.

 

Coach Simon Smith’s charges are scoring tries for fun again this season with 23touchdowns in their last four games and are playing wonderfully skilled and exciting rugby. However, their tendency to completely switch off for fairly short periods and concede multiple tries has been alarming. However it has to been said the squad have exceeded expectations in their first season at level 6 and have garnered points in EVERY game they have played; are also one of the four teams on 33 points at the top of North One East.

With York they are the joint highest scorers in the league with 302 points but are let down by one of the poorest defensive records. To be fair they have been playing with two players (a wing/fullback and a second/back row) out of position in the vital centre positions.



They have a free Saturday this week and will have time to take a breather and reflect on a marvellous start to the season; however I’m sure they’ll be working on their game on the training ground before the long trek to bottom club Consett next week. 

 

SCARBOROUGH: PERRETT ANDERSON YOUNG WILSON MARSHALL RATCLIFFE WAKEHAM CORE DAWSON JONES HICKS ROBINSON JORDAN HOLLOWAY D.GOVIER MARTIN REPLACEMENTS: NINO CUTINO LUKE BROWN MANNING SMITH

 

SCARBOROUGH NEWS MAN-OF-THE-MATCH: JORDAN WAKEHAM

On an afternoon when his side switched off twice in one game, Scarborough’s quick-thinking scrum half kept alert and scored two excellent opportunist tries to keep his side in the game.

 

Profligate Scarborough leak six tries in high-scoring 26-42 reverse at Silver Royd. Dave Campbell reports.

3 Nov

SCARBOROUGH 26 DRIFFIELD 42

2018-09-24 jordi Wakeham clears a ruck sharp

JORDAN WAKEHAM (no9 above at Huddersfield YMCA) SCORED A TRY IN EACH HALF OF THE 10-TRY THRILLER AT SILVER ROYD TODAY. Picture: Dave Campbell

Tries from Jack Anderson and Jordi Wakeham saw Scarborough lead 12-3 after half an hour at Silver Royd. However when influential second row Tom Hicks was sent to the sin-bin the Seasiders lost concentration and conceded three tries in ten minutes to trail 12-24 at the break.

Wakeham added his second early in the second half before Hicks took a pass from centre Aaron Wilson and crashed over to nudge the home side 26-24 ahead with quarter of an hour to go. Not for the first time, Scarborough nodded off and the Woldsmen added a penalty and three tries without reply in the final ten minutes for a deserved 42-26 win.

Coach Simon Smith’s charges are scoring tries for fun again this season with 22 touchdowns in their last four games and are playing wonderful skilled and exciting rugby. However, their tendency to completely switch off for fairly short periods and concede multiple tries has been alarming.

However it has to been said the squad have exceeded expectations in their first season in North One East and have garnered points in EVERY game they have played including today when they won a bonus point for  scoring four tries and share the four team lead at the top of the league with 33 points. With York they are the joint highest scorers in North One East but are let down by one of the poorest defensive records in the league. To be fair they have been playing with two players ( a wing/fullback and a second/back row) out of position in the centre.

They have a free Saturday next week and will have time to take a breather and reflect on  a marvellous start to the season; I’m sure they’ll be working on their game on the paddock before the long trek to bottom club Consett in two weeks time.

READ MY FULL REPORT ON SCARBOROUGH-DRIFFIELD IN THURSDAY’S SCARBOROUGH NEWS.

Rugby Union: Dave Campbell previews tomorrow’s league clash between SCARBOROUGH and DRIFFIELD at Silver Royd.

2 Nov

2018-10-29 Tom Ratcliffe Scarborough man-of-the-match at Pocklington grub-kicks between two defenders

Man of the Match Tom Ratcliffe grubs through for Jimmy Perrett’s first try at Pocklington last week  – PHOTOGRAPH: ANDY STANDING

Next up in Scarborough’s first season in North One East is near Neighbours Driffield at Silver Royd tomorrow.

Having been agonisingly close to promotion, only to concede an injury time try in their North One Premier play-off game with Wilmslow RFC at Kelleythorpe at the end of last season, Driffield have had a slow start to this season which is not uncommon for a side from a farming community.

The Woldsmen lost all three of their opening games which happened to be local derbies against York, Pocklington and Bridlington; although the York and Brid games were at home both were lost by a single point, 22-23 and 20-21 respectively. Since then they’ve won three out of five; last week they went down 20-25 to resurgent Bradford & Bingley at Kelleythorpe.

Last Saturday Scarborough travelled to Pocklington and came away with a creditable 36-29 win at Percy Road having trailed 19-29 going into the final quarter. First half tries from Sam Dawson, Jimmy Perrett and Aaron Wilson, two converted by Tom Ratcliffe saw the sides tied 19-19 at the break. Pock ran in a couple of early second half tries to lead 29-19; however Wilson and Perrett bagged their second touchdowns in the last twenty minutes with spectacular efforts; Ratcliffe converted both and added a late penalty to secure the side’s fourth consecutive win.

For tomorrow’s game Tom Hicks and Cade Robinson are in the second row with Jordan Holloway coming in on the flank ; Drew Govier returns for his brother Euan who is unavailable.  Jack Anderson plays on the wing with Manning Smith, Nino Cutino and Luke Brown on the bench. The game kicks off at 2.15pm.

The league game will be preceded by a fixture between Scarborough and Driffield Colts at 12.15pm whilst the Vikings play Driffield 3rds at Kelleythorpe.

DONT FORGET ALL SENIOR FIXTURES KICK OFF AT 2.15pm TOMORROW!

 

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