Archive | December, 2018

A guid New Year to all our readers!

31 Dec

A Happy New Year from campbellrugby.com!

Coach Simon Smith and his Scarborough side celebrate a record-breaking year. DAVE CAMPBELL REVIEWS 2018

24 Dec

Scarborough celebrate their Yorkshire Shield win at HullIonians in May

Scarborough’s resounding defeat of local rivals Bridlington in the Yorkshire Coast Derby on the 15th of December was the icing on the Christmas cake to round of the Silver Royd-based outfit’s most successful 12 months in the club’s 92 year history.

Starting off in January the Seasiders were third in Yorkshire Division One of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) Northern Division and a superb run of results took them to the end of the season when they were promoted to North One East and level six of the RFU national set-up (level One is the Gallagher’s Premiership). They also won the Yorkshire Shield for the first time in their history.

BEN MARTIN IN ACTION AT POCKLINGTON PHOTOGRAPH ANDY STANDING

And so to this season when they played at level six for the first time FOR 18 years; it was thought that to survive in North One would be an achievement but to the delight of everyone at Silver Royd they currently top the table.

A huge 55-33 win at much-fancied Bradford & Bingley RFC on the first day of the season was followed by a run that saw them loose only three games during Autumn and early winter culminating in a surge to the end of the year that saw them lose only once in ten games.

Jimmy Perrett and Matty Jones in action in the 50-43 defeat of York

PHOTOGRAPH: ANDY STANDING

December started with a visit to North Shields to take on Percy Park RFC who were undefeated at home. With a side depleted by injury and unavailability skipper Matty Jones’s men drew 23-23 with the Geordies having come back from a 13-23 deficit to grab the draw with an injury-time Tom Ratcliffe penalty; a result that could prove priceless at the end of the season. 

That tough trip was followed by two home derbies on the 8th and 15th of December against Malton and Bridlington respectively. The Seasiders’ record against both clubs was poor in recent seasons but both were dispatched with bonus point wins; Malton 41-26 and the 31-3 defeat of Bridlington. The latter being particularly sweet as the men from Dukes Park had held the local bragging rights since a Scarborough win in 2015.

RFU NORTH ONE EAST (WEF 15 DECEMBER 2018)

The Seasiders have run-in 70 tries since September and have delighted the Scarborough faithful in a plethora of high scoring games with a points total of 478 with all but one of the squad which turned out against Bridlington in December getting among the tries so far.  

TOM HICKS – PHOTOGRAPH: ANDY STANDING

There have been many, many fine performances but it my opinion the player of the first half of the season is undoubtedly dynamic former Selby and Hull man Tom Hicks who has been a revelation in attack and defence. Tom, who is  hugely popular with supporters has had a marvellous start to his first season at the club and  with his second row partner Cade Robinson has had a huge part in Scarborough’s North One success.

Jonty Holloway scores against Bridlington PHOTOGRAPH: Andy Standing COURTESY: SCARBOROUGH NEWS

And it’s not only at first team level that things are moving apace, with the Vikings, the club’s second string under their Coach Craig Bone, bringing the curtain down on the first half of their season topping the East Yorkshire Merit Table and retaining the Pinkney-Ingram Trophy by beating Bridlington Mariners 50-10 at Dukes Park on the  15th of December. The Danesmen have also been active.

The previous week Scarborough RUFC recorded victories over Malton at first, second and third team levels.

THE VALKRYIES IN ACTION AGAINST YORK PHOTO: Dave Campbell

Women and girls’ rugby continues to flourish and numbers are very good for their combined training every Monday. The Valkryies were narrowly beaten 31-24 at Driffield on the 9th of December. Meanwhile over 400 youngsters from 3 to 18 years of age are involved in the club’s ACTIVE YOUTH set-up in association with McCain LTD.

So the club is flourishing at all levels and I’m sure all at Silver Royd are looking for a successful 2019.

Skipper and Coach celebrate success over Brid AND Christmas

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Read Dave Campbell’s full report on Scarborough’s derby day defeat of Bridlington last week.

23 Dec

Fly-half Tom Ratcliffe in action against Bridlington

PHOTOGRAPH: ANDY STANDING

SCARBOROUGH 31  BRIDLINGTON 3

By Dave Campbell

Scarborough confirmed their top-spot in North One East with a convincing five try to nil victory over Bridlington in the much anticipated Yorkshire Coast derby at a bitterly cold Silver Royd.

With a south-easterly gale blowing from the town end of the paddock Bridlington had first use of the elements and wisely kept things tight spending much of the open quarter in the Scarborough 22. However they failed to breach the home line and came away with only a penalty from fly-half Harvey Morrison to show for their efforts.

Bridlington then conceded a massive ‘own goal’ in the 15th minute when Scarborough were penalised on their own line when No8 Ben Martin was judged to have killed the ball at a ruck; a melee ensued and referee Richard Arthur sent Bridlington centre Jamie Martin off for punching his namesake Ben who was on the ground at the time. 

It could have been much worse for Shaun Fearn’s men as right winger Tom Benninger also ran from distance to get involved in the mayhem. To add insult to injury the whistler then reversed the penalty and Scarborough cleared their lines.

Coach Simon Smith’s charges applied the screw in the visitors 22 in the second quarter and when a wayward Bridlington clearance found Scarborough’s Tom Ratcliffe on half way, the big number ten surged into the Brid red-zone releasing wing Jonti Holloway who powered over in the corner in the 24th minute. Ratcliffe added the extras for a 7-3 lead,

Following sustained pressure late in the half hooker Sam Dawson charged over in the 37th minute to stretch the advantage to 12-3 at the break.

Playing with the wind Scarborough raced to a 17-3 lead when wingman Manning Smith secured the second half kick-off following a Bridlington fumble and took off on a mazy run from the brid ten metre to the try line to touch down, waltzing round four defenders on the way. 

Coach Shaun Fearn’s depleted side showed their commitment and spirit as Scarborough failed to drive home their numerical advantage in the third quarter. The SilverRoyders found it difficult to maintain possession into the wind in bitterly cold conditions.

A second try by Sam Dawson at the right corner flag secured the bonus points for Scarborough in the 67th minute and Ratcliffe’s conversion stretched the lead to 24-3.Replacement centre Billy Parker barged over in the 78th minute to seal the  deal at 31-3 and the Christmas festivities began.

Although the Seasiders stuttered after the break they did score five tries with Parkers late effort bringing the try-count for the first half of the season to seventy!

Scarborough were hampered by an injury to livewire scrum-half Jordi Wakeham whilst Bridlington were undoubtedly stymied by the sending off of Martin; however that was  a self-inflicted injury as a result of their own lack of discipline.

SCARBOROUGH: PERRETT HOLLOWAY WILSON YOUNG SMITH RATCLIFFE WAKEHAM JONES DAWSON CUTINO HICKS ROBINSON E.GOVIER D.GOVIER MARTIN REPLACEMENTS: CORE BROWN PARKER (ALL USED)

SCARBOROUGH NEWS MAN OF THE MATCH: TOM HICKS

PHOTOGRAPH: ANDY STANDING

Another dynamic display saw Tom at the heart of the defensive and attacking Scarborough action. With second row partner Cade Robinson he was the engineroom of the team.

A very Merry Christmas and a guid New Year tae ye all

19 Dec

……and Lang May yer lum reek!

Jonty Holloway’s try in Saturday’s 31-3 defeat of Bridlington at Silver Royd.

19 Dec

Catch video of Jonty Holloway’s scintillating try against Bridlington in the Yorkshire Coast Derby at https://t.co/cGRm8EMGHx

SCARBOROUGH BRUSH ASIDE BRIDLINGTON CHALLENGE TO GO TOP IN NORTH ONE EAST

15 Dec

2018-04-22 SAM DAWSON PLAYER OF THE MONTH

HOOKER SAM DAWSON BAGGED A BRACE OF TRIES IN TODAY’S GAME

PICTURE ANDY STANDING

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

SCARBOROUGH 31 BRIDLINGTON 3

By Dave Campbell

Scarborough confirmed their top-spot in North One East with a convincing five try to nil victory over Bridlington in the much anticipated Yorkshire Coast derby at Silver Royd this afternoon.

Coach Simon Smith’s charges conceded an early penalty but bounced back with tries from winger Jonti Holloway and Hooker Sam Dawson, converted by flyhalf Tom Ratcliffe to lead 12-3 at the break.

Bridlington had been reduced to 14 men when they lost centre Jamie Martin for raining down blows on a prone Scarborough number eight Ben Martin after only fifteen minutes; one of several disciplinary lapses by the men from Dukes Park.

The home side raced 17-3 ahead when wingman Manning Smith secured the second half kick-off and powered over for an unconverted score.

Scarborough failed to drive home their numerical advantage in the third quarter but a second try for Dawson converted by Ratcliffe in the 67th minute stretched the lead to 24-3 before substitute centre Billy Parker crossed late in the game to stretch the lead to 29-3. Ratcliffe added the extras for a convincing 31-5 win.

Scarborough and Bridlington to serve up some tasty festive fare this afternoon.

15 Dec

Wesley Langkilde

Tom Ratcliffe

Scarborough’s leading try scorer Aaron Wilson

PHOTOGRAPHS ANDY STANDING

Scarborough RUFC are looking forward to a big turnout for this afternoon’s Yorkshire Coast derby with Bridlington at Silver Royd.

Adding spice to the already tasty festive fare is the fact that coaches Shaun Fearn and Simon Smith have played for both clubs and the Bridlington lineup may also contain players who have also played at Silver Royd and Dukes Park.

Wesley Langkilde who played two seasons at Scarborough will be in the Bridlington front row. looks like we’re in for a cracking game.

Scarborough versus Bridlington in North One East kicks off at 2.15pm.

Silver Royd abuzz ahead of Saturday’s Yorkshire coast derby with Bridlington.

13 Dec

Matty Young makes a tackle in the 50-17 home defeat of Morley

A fascinating Yorkshire coast derby is coming up on Saturday at Silver Royd between North One East league-leaders Scarborough, who have lost only one of their last nine games and Bridlington who have won only once in the last two months. Bridlington won the corresponding fixture 22-18 in the second game of the season at Dukes Park with an injury-time try; should be a blast!

FULL PREVIEW TO FOLLOW

Scarborough RUFC beat Malton 41-26 in ten try thriller to go top in North One East.

9 Dec

A packed Silver Royd main stand at yesterday’s derby game with Malton

Scarborough raced to a 27-12 half time lead in yesterday’s derby clash with Malton at Silver Royd thanks to tries from Matty Young, Aaron Wilson (2) and Jonty Holloway with fly-half Tom Ratcliffe adding seven points with the boot.

In an evenly-fought second forty minutes, tries from fullback Jimmy Perrett and replacement Joe Marshall both converted by Ratcliffe saw the Seasiders to a 41-26 win.

PERCY PARK 23 SCARBOROUGH 23 Dave Campbell’s Full report.

7 Dec

Tom Ratcliffe lines up the kick that dew the game with Percy Park

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

PERCY PARK 23 SCARBOROUGH 23

By Dave Campbell

Scarborough returned from North Shields having fought-back from a 13-23 deficit late in their game with Percy Park who were unbeaten at home, to snatch a draw with the last kick off the match.

Heavy overnight rain continued into the game making handling conditions difficult for both sides;  Scarborough took an early lead when ‘Park’ were penalised for a high tackle and fly-half Tom Ratcliffe land the kick for a 3-0 lead.

A ding-dong battled ensued and the game ebbed and flowed with the bigger home side having a distinct advantage at the set scrums; and from a re-set scrum on Scarborough’s five metre line the ball was moved right to wide left for winger Ali Blair to cross in the 12th minute. Fly-half Ashley Smith missed the conversion but Park led 5-3.

Scarborough bounced back when a break from mid-way took play to the home line; the ball was recycled left to right and flanker Euan Govier powered over in the 17th minute. Radcliffe added the extras for a 10-5 Scarborough lead.

The rain had eased off midway through the half but Percy Park still had ascendancy at the set scrum, however the visiting eight stuck to their collective task and scrum-half Jordan Wakeham was having a stormer and was ‘in the faces’ of his bigger, heaver opponents constantly.

Fly-half Smith reduced the arrears to two points for the Geordies in the 29th minute when Scarborough were penalised for not releasing and he followed that up two minutes later with the conversion of Blair’s second try for Park for a 15-10 lead which they took to the break.

Honours were even after the interval with two fully committed sides giving their all with things understandably getting heated at times. A terrific break by Tom Ratcliff was illegally stopped and the big fly-half slotted the resulting penalty to reduce the arrears to 15-13.

A dynamic performance by the young Scarborough back row forwards saw them tidy up lots of ball under real pressure at the back of the scrum ably assisted by the livewire Wakeham.   However, when they were awarded a scrum on their own ten metre line in the 65th minute Percy Park drove them off their own ball, flanker Ethan Wilson picked up and darted down the blind side before releasing wingman Michael Grove to score and take the Geordies 20-13 ahead in the 73rd minute; Smith failed to convert.

And Grove nudged his side 23-13 ahead in the 76th minute with a penalty awarded for a deliberate knock-on by a Scarborough player. Scarborough heads never went down as they looked to save something from the game and a sublime inside pass from Wakehamin the home 22 sent Aaron Wilson under the posts with full time beckoning; Ratcliffe converted to reduce the arrears to three points at 23-20.

Scarborough piled on the pressure as the Geordies held on to their slender lead but they eventually infringed deep in injury time. Ratcliffe’s attempt from the right of the posts in the Park 22 hit an upright and was recovered by the Seasiders who continued their assault on the home line until they conceded again and Ratcliffe made no mistake with the kick to draw the game 23-23.

Coach Simon Smith’s men turned in a committed and dogged performance against a side unbeaten on their own turf so far this season. A result that was particularly noteworthy for the Scarborough players who were unavailable for the game. And as they have done in EVERY game they have played this season, they came away with points.

SCARBOROUGH: PERRETT JONTY HOLLOWAY PARKER YOUNG SMITH RATCLIFFE WAKEHAM CORE JONES (CAPT) CUTINO BROWN ROBINSON D. GOVIER E.GOVIER WILSON REPLACEMENTS: JORDAN HOLLOWAY IAN WILLIAMS JOE MARSHALL

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

This was a very difficult away game against a big, experienced side with committed performances all over the paddock from Scarborough, none more so than the in-your-face performance from Jordan Wakeham.

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