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Scarborough RUFC go top of North One East with 35-10 defeat of West Leeds.

26 Jan

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By Dave Campbell

Scarborough bounced back from last week’s defeat at Morpeth to go top in North One East with a 35-10 win over West Leeds at Silver Royd this afternoon.

A weakened Scarborough side with centre Matty Young injured and Jordi Wakeham and Tom Hicks unavailable took the game to the visitors in the early exchanges with No8 Ben Martin and centre Aaron Wilson making some thunderous breaks into the Leeds 22.

West Leeds took the lead in the 24th minute when winger Jack Marshall kicked a penalty for 3-0. Both sides had their share of defending to do in an end-to-end first half; Tom Ratcliffe was unsuccessful with a penalty attempt in the 36th minute but made amends three minutes later when he converted a try from Scarborough fullback Manning Smith for a 7-3 half time lead.

Playing with the wind after the break the Seasiders made a lively start and grabbed the lead in the 53rd minute when a tap-penalty by Wilson was taken on by Luke Brown. The big second row was stopped just short of the line and Ben Martin up in support, secured the ball and drove over; Ratcliffe added the extras for a 14-3 lead.

Skipper Matty Jones’s men maintained their pressure and winger Jonty Holloway outstripped the visiting defence to cross in the 58th minute; Ratcliffe converted for 21-3.

Ben Martin was yellow-carded on the hour when he was sent to the bin following an incident when Leeds scrum-half Dom Walsh hits Scarborough’s young scrum-half Alex Rowley with a nasty cheap shot.

To add insult to injury Walsh touched down for the visitors in Martin’s absence and winger Jack Marshall converted to reduce the arrears to eleven points at 21-10 in the 63rd minute.

However Scarborough took control as the visitors tired and a try from Tom Ratcliffe which he converted himself in the 75th minute and a second try from Ben Martin also converted by Ratcliffe saw them run out deserved 35-10 winners.



Scarborough -v- West Leeds Dave Campbell previews Saturday’s clash at Silver Royd.

24 Jan

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Ben Martin returns against West Leeds on Saturday PHOTOGRAPH ANDY STANDING

Next up for Scarborough RUFC in North One East is the visit of West Leeds to Silver Royd on Saturday; having beaten Consett 36-34 on the road on the opening day of the season, they lost their next six games including a 45-27 defeat by Scarborough in mid October. Since then they have improved and have won two out of their three games this month beating Percy Park 31-22 and Bradford & Bingley 26-24 both at home on the 5th and 19th respectively. However they lost 24-11 at Malton two weeks ago.

Last Saturday Matty Jones’s men lost their first game since back in November going down 13-34 at Morpeth. The Northumbrians fully deserved their bonus-point victory which saw them leapfrog over the Seasiders into first place in the league on points-difference. Winger Manning Smith and centre Aaron Wilson ran in second half tries for Scarborough with Tom Ratcliffe kicking a first-half penalty.

Scarborough and West Leeds have a long-running rivalry and my mind goes back to the West Leeds sides of the 1990s with the marvellous Dave Breakwell gracing the old Newby paddock. All different faces now but the tradition of high-scoring thrillers continued with that 45-27 game earlier in the season and more tries are expected on Saturday.

For this game Ben Martin returns from injury at No8 but Tom Hicks and Jordan Wakeham are unavailable; centre Matty Young may be rested for this one. Alex Rowley continues at scrum-half with Ian Williams, Will Leah and Billy Parker on the bench.

Also in action on Saturday are the Silver Royd club’s second string, the Vikings; they travel to Hull to take on Marist RUFC. Both games kick-off at 2.15pm.

Scarborough RUFC blown away by forward power in 34-13 defeat at Morpeth

24 Jan


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Aaron Wilson scored a late try in the 13-34 reverse at Morpeth




By Dave Campbell

Morpeth powered to the top of North One East with a win against a spirited Scarborough side who were top of the pile before the game. Scarborough stuck to their task but were out-powered by a Morpeth pack who were totally dominant at the set piece.

An exchange of penalties between Morpeth fly-half Ben Hornby and his Scarborough opposite number Tom Ratcliffe were the only early scores.

Although outgunned up front Scarborough looked enterprising throughout and capable of scoring from anywhere with penetrative runs from broken play by fullback Jimmy Perrett, Ratcliffe and centres Aaron Wilson and Matty Young.

However It was pressure from close range scrums which quickly became the home side’s most potent attacking weapon and scrum half Irving dummied the visiting defence and powered over in the 25th minute for a try converted by Hornby for a 10-3 Morpeth lead.

Although living off scraps the visiting back division always looked dangerous but determined home defence maintained their 10-3 advantage at the break.

A drop-goal stretched the home lead to 13-3 in the 50th minute before a catch and drive saw the Northumbrians cross in the 55th minute for a converted try to lead 20-3.

A further converted try on the hour saw Morpeth stretch the lead to 27-3. But Scarborough never gave up the ghost and some excellent recycled ball saw a cross kick by Ratcliffe touched down by winger Manning Smith to reduce the arrears at 27-8.

The dominant home pack affected a late push-over try before centre Aaron Wilson crossed to give the score line a respectable look at 34-13.

Scarborough have consistently struggled in the tight five at set pieces over the last two seasons and in this game came up against perhaps the most balanced and cohesive front five in the league. If they could improve this aspect of their game, their back division, already the most potent in the league, could prove even more devastating as they look for back to back promotions.


Injury-time Robinson try grabs late win for Scarborough RUFC.

17 Jan

Scarborough Lock Luke Brown is tackled in midfield by the YM tight head prop. PHOTOGRAPH: DAVE CAMPBELL



By Dave Campbell

Scarborough clinched victory by the narrowest of margins coming from behind with an injury-time try to beat Huddersfield YMCA 13-12 in a top of the table clash at Silver Royd.

With prop Nino Cutino unavailable the Seasiders started with three hookers in the front row Sam Dawson and Matty Jones propping and Ian Williams at hooker.  Cade Robinson played at No8 in the absence of Ben Martin who was concussed at Cleckheaton.

In front of the biggest Silver Royd crowd so far this season Huddersfield had first use of a strong wind which was gusting downfield from the Northwest end of the ground and had the chance to take an early lead when they were awarded a penalty in the 6th minute. However centre Gavin Stead’s kick was blown way off course and the scoreboard remained blank.

Jimmy Perrett (far left) scores Scarborough’s first try PHOTOGRAPH: DAVE CAMPBELL

YM had the better of the early set scrums but were knocked out of their stride in the loose by the destructive tackling of Scarborough’s Cade Robinson, Tom Hicks, Aaron Wilson and Sam Dawson who provided a series of turnovers to get the Seasiders onto the front foot.

And pressure on the visitors’ line in the 15th minute saw the ball won at a ruck and moved wide by a long miss-pass from fly-half Tom Ratcliffe to fullback Jimmy Perrett who scampered in at the corner for a 5-0 Scarborough lead. Ratcliffe’s conversion attempt was bang-on target but was held up just short of the posts by the capricious wind.

Stung into action the west Yorkshiremen laid siege to the Scarborough line but the home defence was resolute and unyielding and Ratcliffe lifted the siege with a long clearance to half-way. And they should have increased their lead in the 21st minute when they whipped the ball wide right in the YM twenty-two and wing Jonty Holloway won the race to chase a chip through and touchdown in the corner. However young referee Adam Robson judged the Scarborough wing to have lost the race and his effort was disallowed.

And the visitors took advantage of their good fortune to take the lead two minutes later; Scarborough skipper Matty Jones was sin-binned and they choose a scrum at the resulting penalty.  They drove the home eight over their line, a Scarborough forwarded dived into the scrum and Mr Robson awarded a penalty try for a 7-5 Huddersfield YMCA lead.  

With veteran prop Tom Fish on for Jones, Scarborough turned the screw in what was left of the second quarter spending long periods in the visitors half. They could have scored in the 32nd minute when YM scrum-half Josh Bradley stopped a try with an illegal high-tackle. He was ‘rewarded’ with a yellow card. The half ended with the visitors camped on the home line but the Scarborough defence held fast and they trailed only 5-7 at the break.

The third quarter was scoreless but nonetheless absorbing as the combatants slugged it out with no quarter given or asked; and defences held sway in the cold, windy conditions. The deadlock was broken in the 63rd minute when Scarborough was awarded a penalty and Ratcliffe slotted a powerful kick from 37metres into the wind to nudge his side 8-7 ahead.

Scarborough continued to play their slick handling rugby style with breaks from Ratcliffe, Perrett, the ever-alert Jordi Wakeham and Billy Parker now on at centre. And they did have a chance to stretch their lead in the 72nd minute when Huddersfield infringed between their ten and 22 metre lines. However it was never a day for kicking and a late gust of wind pulled the big number ten’s kick wide and the score remained at 8-7.

However the deadlock was broken in the 76th minute as Huddersfield inside-centre Gavin Stead danced down the left touchline evading several tackles to send outside centre Tomas V. Rooyan in to snatch the lead back at 12-8. Stead failed to convert but the Scarborough faithful were stunned.

Jordi Wakeham prepares to feed a Scarborough scrum PHOTOGRAPH: DAVE CAMPBELL

Scarborough are a side full of confidence who have the winning habit and heads never went down; they set up camp in the visitors territory and looking for a winning score they drove to the Huddersfield line. From a five metre scrum Wakeham threw a first phase pass to Perrett who motored for the line but was held up; the ball was re-cycled infield for Jones to plough towards the whitewash. He was tackled short and from the ensuing ruck Wakeham picked out Cane Robinson on the blindside who steamrollered through two defenders to touchdown in the third minute of injury-time with the last play of the game. The conversion was missed but the celebrations had already started.

In truth either side could have won this game and there would have been no complaint but a performance full of belief, skill and bristling intent from Simon Smith’s men gave them the edge. Their defence was to use a much overused word, awesome with all 18 bodies on the line in a hard-fought contest. The pack performance around the paddock was outstanding with Dawson, Tom Hicks, the Govier Brothers and Cade Robinson outstanding. Scrum-hall Jordi Wakeham was buzzing for the whole 83 minutes and the backs, which have run in tries for fun this season, put in a massive defensive effort. And don’t forget Huddersfield YMCA they contributed to what was a fine advertisement for rugby at level six.



There were many contenders but playing out of position Sam’s contribution to set plays and his aggressive but fair attitude in attack and defence saw him get the accolade this week.

Dave Campbell looks ahead to Scarborough RUFC’s tough trip to Morpeth on Saturday

16 Jan

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Tom Hicks wins a lineout in Scarborough’s 22-17 victory over Morpeth in September

League-leaders Scarborough are on the road this weekend making the 215 mile round trip to Northumberland to take on Morpeth RFC.

With Matty Jones’s men beating Huddersfield YMCA last weekend and Morpeth winning last week, this game will be in a way, a repeat of last week’s fixture; a clash between first and second in North One East.


Morpeth have made steady progress since their 22-17 defeat by Scarborough in a close fought game at Silver Royd back in October. Last week they won 29-5 on the road at Bradford & Bingley avenging a 20-21 home defeat by the men from Wagon Lane in September; their only home defeat of the season.

Last Saturday’s 13-12 home defeat of Huddersfield YMCA was proof if proof were needed of the Seasiders’ resilience and spirit and they’ll need both qualities in spades at Morpeth where Nino Cutino returns in the front row in an otherwise unchanged side from last week. However scrum-half Jordi Wakeham is doubtful as he is still struggling with a shoulder injury sustained against Bridlington before Christmas and will have a fitness test ahead of the trip north. The bus for Morpeth leaves Silver Royd at 9am on Saturday morning.

Also in action on Saturday are the Vikings who take on the the club’s third string, the Danesmen; kick-off 2.15pm.

Scarborough grab victory with injury-time try in Silver Royd thriller.

12 Jan


Report by Dave Campbell

A Jimmy Perrett try gave Scarborough an early 5-0 lead in a top of the table clash with Huddersfield YMCA at Silver Royd this afternoon.

A penalty try in the 25th minute gave the visitors a 7-5 lead before a Tom Ratcliffe penalty nudged the home side 8-7 ahead.

Jimmy Perrett opened the scoring against Huddersfield YMCA

A late try appeared to have sealed the deal for YM in the 77th minute for a 13-8 lead’

However an injury-time try from lock forward Cane Robinson saw the Seasiders grab a 13-12 win to retain top spot in North One East.


Scarborough grab bonus-point win at Cleckheaton to remain top in North One East. FULL REPORT

11 Jan



By Dave Campbell

Tom Ratcliffe and Cade Robinson in defensive action at Cleckheaton RFU NORTHERN DIVISION – NORTH EAST ONE


By Dave Campbell

Scarborough picked-up from where they left-off before the festive break with a 29-19 bonus-point win on the road at in-form Cleckheaton in the first game of 2019.

A break from the kick-off by stand-in skipper Sam Dawson took play deep into home territory and a grubber kick through from fly-half Tom Ratcliffe found Jonty Holloway who crossed in the corner; however the young winger’s effort was disallowed as he was judged to have been in front of the kicker.

Cleckheaton grabbed the lead in the 7th minute from a penalty taken by fly-half Dale Breakwell; however it was short-lived as the visitors struck back almost immediately when from a Tom Hicks turnover, centre Matty Young sent Fullback Jimmy Perrett in at the corner in the 9th minute for 5-3; Ratcliffe failed to convert.

And it looked like Perrett had grabbed his second touchdown in the 16th minute when he dived in at the corner following slick handling by the Scarborough backs; however the referee adjudged he had failed to ground the ball and his effort was disallowed.

End to end stuff ensued with no quarter given or asked for and the Seasiders defended with determination in their own 22 with lock Cade Robinson taking the eye with his tackling efforts; however Cleckheaton were awarded a penalty and Breakwell slotted it to nudge his side 6-5 ahead in the 25th minute.

From a solid scrum on the Cleckheaton ten metre line the ball was moved to Perrett who dashed down the blind-side before releasing No8 Ben Martin to power over in the 37th minute. Ratcliffe was unsuccessful with his conversion attempt but Scarborough led 10-6. The Seasiders then managed to have Euan Govier and Aaron Wilson sin-binned for offences seen only by referee Andy Baker.

Leading 10-6 and down to thirteen men the Seasiders gave as good as they got at the start of the second half and stretched their lead in the 51st minute when replacement centre Billy Parker released Perrett who left the Cleckheaten defence for dead and scored between the uprights. Ratcliffe converted for a 17-6 lead.

The biggest cheer of the afternoon came on the hour when 51-year-old prop Tom Fish a club legend, came on as a front row replacement. Scarborough had some defending to do on their line and another huge tackle from Robinson turned the ball over and Ratcliffe cleared his lines.

The west Yorkshiremen turned the screw on the Scarborough five metre line but knocked-on over the try-line; quick-thinking scrum-half Jordy Wakeham snapped up the loose ball and launched a Howitzer-like clearance from behind his own line and cleared the high-line of defenders as Scarborough streamed out of defence. Perrett gathered on halfway, fed wing Joe Marshall who in turn released Wakeham to race away and score in the 69th minute to stretch the visitors’ lead to 22-6.

Cleckheaton replied with a third Breakwell penalty to reduce the arrears at 22-9 before Scarborough lock Tom Hicks was yellow carded much to the bemusement of both sides before the home side scored their  first try of the game through winger Mike Haywood in the 77th minute to cut the deficit to eight points at 22-14.

True to the seesaw nature of the game Scarborough piled on the pressure in the home 22 and when Cleckheaton centre Mike Swetman was caught in possession and had the ball ripped from him by a couple of Scarborough forwards, flanker Euan Govier bustled through to score between the posts in the 80th minute; Ratcliffe added the extras for a 29-14 lead.

The game wasn’t quite over, as from the restart Scarborough were slow to react to the west Yorkshiremen’s grubber kick through the middle which was picked up by Swetman and taken into the visitors’ 22.  Three phases later and centre Danny Booth scored wide on the left to reduce the arrears to ten points; not enough for a losing bonus point.

Scarborough won this hard-fought game with a combination of solid defence and rapier-sharp counter attacking. Defensively their young back row of Drew and Euan Govier plus No8 Ben Martin suffocated much of Cleckheaton’s attacking intent whilst dynamic second rows Hicks and Robinson’s tackling was fearsome but fair. Their back division was alert and inventive and five tries in such a close game away from home speaks volumes of the team’s attacking intent.




Cade was omnipresent in attack and defence but his hard and legal tackling provided a plethora of turnovers which produced so many attacking opportunities against a bigger home pack.

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