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!

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