Archive | February, 2019

Sendings off cost Scarborough RUFC dear.

22 Feb

SCARBOROUGH 7. POCKLINGTON 25

FULL REPORT AND PICTURES BY DAVE CAMPBELL

Having held the lead until the last ten minutes of a cracking game with visitors Pocklington, Scarborough eventually succumbed to the effects of a string of yellow cards and two sending’s-off, conceding four late-tries as they slid to their second home defeat of the season.

The visitors hit the ground running and good work from their midfield trio of Ben Rees, James Thompson and Josh Britton stretched the home defence; however the Seasiders stuck to their task and ‘Pock’ struggled to make their territory and possession count.

Scarborough were reduced to 14 men in the 11th minute when Ben Martin was penalized for a tip-tackle near the touchline in his own 22 on the clubhouse side of the paddock.  With the benefit of later seeing the action on video and in slow-motion it was obvious the young No8 had lifted the tackled player and just about reached the horizontal before placing him on his back.  To be fair referee Tom Boyle called it as he saw it in real time without the benefit of slow-mo!

Manning Smith, Ben Martin and Aaron Wilson defend their line.

Pocklington continued to press the depleted Scarborough side but continued to run into solid defence; however it was Scarborough who took the lead against the run of play in the 20th minute when a box-kick by scrum-half Jordi Wakeham at a ruck on his own ten metre line found fullback Manning Smith scampering down the right touchline, he passed inside to centre Jimmy Perrett who touched down near the posts. Fly-half Tom Ratcliffe added the extras for a 7-0 lead.

With Martin back on the field the hard-fought battle continued with skilful end-to-end rugby with Pocklington perhaps having the upper hand. And they got their reward in the 35th minute when having won a lineout just inside the home 22 the ball was moved swiftly infield and fly-half Thompson powered over to the right of the posts to reduce the arrears to 5-7. Fullback Christian Pollock failed to convert.

The Seasiders continued to hold their own but were again reduced in numbers when lock forward Tom Hicks was sin-binned for deliberate off-side at a ruck in first-time injury time.

Leading 7-5 but playing with a man short Scarborough made a solid start to the second half but could have conceded an early try when Pocklington left wing Sam Pattison stepped on the gas and powered down the stand-side touchline only to be bundled into touch on the home 22.

Hicks returned to the fray in the 51st minute but only managed to stay on the paddock for about 90 seconds when he once again fell foul of Mr Boyle for offside at a ruck and was yellow carded then shown a red (for two yellow cards).

Pock continued their attritional approach and continued to turn the screw against a tiring home side which was again reduced to 13 men when scrum-half Jordi Wakeham was sin-binned having failed to retreat quickly enough and was penalized for off-side.

As the game entered its final ten minutes with Scarborough still leading 7-5 despite their travails, Pock eventually found the space for Pattison to squeeze over in the corner to lead for the first time in the game at 10-7; Pollock missed the conversion.

With their tails up and their depleted opponents rapidly tiring, Pocklington pressed home their advantage running in three tries in the extended time added at the end of the game; Pollock missed all three conversions. And a miserable afternoon for the Seasiders was compounded when their skipper Matty Jones was red-carded at the death for back chat to the referee.

Including games played 16 February 2019

Although Pocklington undoubtedly deserved their win, Coach Simon Smith and his players will be desperately disappointed following a poor day at the office where to some extent, their concentration and discipline let them down; however I do think the sending-off of Tom Hicks was somewhat harsh.  With the ongoing injuries in the forward pack, the consequences of the dismissals of Hicks and skipper Matty Jones could be very damaging to Scarborough’s promotion prospects.

SCARBOROUGH NEWS MAN OF THE MATCH: LUKE BROWN

On a day when a series of cards and sending’s-off disrupted the forward pack Luke was a rock in the engine room and made his presence felt around the paddock.

SCARBOROUGH: SMITH MARSHALL PERRETT WILSON HOLLOWAY RATCLIFFE WAKEHAM JONES WILLIAMS TAYLOR BROWN HICKS E.GOVIER D.GOVIER MARTIN REPLACEMENTS: SAM PEATE, WILL LEAH and BILLY PARKER (all used)

REFEREE: MR TOM BOYLE (MALTON).

Home defeat by Pocklington knocks Scarborough off top spot in North One East!

17 Feb

Scarborough defend a Pocklington attack in their own 22.

 

SCARBOROUGH 7 POCKLINGTON 25

 

By Dave Campbell

 

Scarborough were under immediate pressure from a lively Pocklington side in their league clash at Silver Royd but repulsed the early onslaught. However they had No8 Ben Martin Sin-binned for a tip tackle in the 15th minute.

Although down to 14 men the Seasiders were first on the scoresheet with a try from centre Jimmy Perrett in the 26th minute: fly-half Tom Ratcliffe added the extras for a 7-0 lead.

Pocklington struck back with an unconverted try before Scarborough second row Tom Hicks was Yellow-carded on the stroke of half time with his side leading 7-5.

Hicks was red-carded for a second yellow almost immediately on his return to the paddock but the Seasiders stuck to their task going into the fourth quarter.

However the visitors numerical advantage eventually told and they ran-in four late tries as the home side tired and lost skipper Matty Jones sent off.

Although the best side won, Scarborough were severely hampered by the sendings off and cards which disrupted their forward pack for most of the game, something they’ll have to think long and hard about before their next league outing in two weeks time.

Bridlington’s 53-5 defeat at Morpeth sees the Northumbrian club move to top spot in North One East.

 

YORK 20. SCARBOROUGH 29 Full report by DAVE CAMPBELL

14 Feb

TOM RATCLIFFE IN ACTION IN THE 29-20 DEFEAT OF YORK

League-leaders Scarborough overturned a twelve point half time deficit to run in four tries after the break for a bonus-point win at York.

The Minster-men had the use of a strong wind blowing down the paddock but were surprised when the Seasiders had the best of the opening exchanges in which their re-jigged front row more than held their own.

York secured a turnover in the 10th minute and ran the ball into Scarborough territory where they were awarded a penalty. York centre John Dawes’ long-distance penalty fell short and Scarborough continued to dominate possession.

York at last harnessed the conditions and drove into Scarborough territory and slick handling between forwards and backs sent fullback George Davies, up in support, over in the corner in the 21st  minute;  Dawes failed with his touchline conversion and York lead 5-0.

The Seasiders’ effort was disrupted when second row Tom Hicks was injured and limped off; Aaron Wilson moved from centre to second row and Bill Parker come on to replace Wilson.

Scarborough defended well into the elements but York No8 Shane Goulding broke the line in the 28th minute releasing left wing Rob Hodges who galloped over in the corner; Dawes added the extras.

Hodges was injured scoring and ex rugby-league convert Ben Dent was moved from the centre onto the wing. York failed to add to their total and led 12-0 at the break.

With the wind behind them Scarborough took the game to York from the restart; driving deep into home territory they conceded a penalty but Dawes found touch only on half-way with his kick into the wind; Ben Martin stole the ball at the front of the resulting lineout and it was moved crossfield via Sam Dawson and Jordi Wakeham (on for Alex Rowley). The Seasiders drove to the home line where fly-half Tom Ratcliffe released Wilson to power over in the 44th minute; Ratcliffe converted to cut the York lead to 12-7.

An exchange of penalties between Dawes and Ratcliffe in the 50th and 52nd minutes respectively saw the scores stand at 15-10 going into the final quarter of the game.

A second Wilson try in the 62nd minute tied the scores at 15-15 when Jordi Wakeham who made a big impact when he came on, took a quick tap at a penalty just inside the York 22 and released the big centre/lock who powered over; Ratcliffe failed to convert.

It was one-way traffic now and when the ball was moved infield following a scrum in the York 22, hooker Ian Williams released Ben Martin who glided over to nudge his side ahead for the first time in the game in the 71st minute; Ratcliffe converted for a 22-15 Scarborough lead.

 

The visitors’ pressure was unrelenting as they looked for the fourth try which would guarantee a bonus point and when it came it was straight out of the top drawer; breaking from just inside his own half Billy Parker drove into York territory before the ball was moved via Martin and Drew Govier to Jonty Holloway who scampered over at the corner in the 77th minute. Ratcliffe added the touch-line conversion for 29-15.

Second row Lewis Hannibal scored a consolation try for the minster-men in injury time immediately after Scarborough fullback Manning Smith had been sin-binned for an offence which was a mystery to all at Clifton Park.

Coach Simon Smith’s charges turned in another gutsy display holding their nerve as they fell behind in a first forty played into a gale. Their concentration and skills under pressure after the break saw them work themselves into a winning position after which they ensured a bonus-point with a flowing try which would have graced any rugby venue; once again a great TEAM performance.

SCARBOROUGH NEWS MAN OF THE MATCH: BEN MARTIN

It was very hard to single out an individual from such a TEAM performance; however Scarborough’s talented young No8 was everywhere in attack and defence including stealing the lineout for his side’s first try and touching down for the third.

SCARBOROUGH: SMITH HOLLOWAY PERRETT WILSON MARSHALL RATCLIFFE ROWLEY JONES (CAPT) WILLIAMS DAWSON HICKS BROWN E. GOVIER D. GOVIER MARTIN REPLACEMENTS TOM FISH JORDI WAKEHAM BILLY PARKER (all used).

DAVE CAMPBELL Previews Scarborough RUFC vs Pocklington

14 Feb

AARON WILSON SCORES THE SECOND OF HIS TWO TRIES AT POCKLINGTON IN OCTOBER PHOTOGRAPH: ANDY STANDING

Next up for Scarborough on Saturday is the visit of Pocklington to Silver Royd; having been relegated with Morley from the North Premier Division at the end of last season, ‘Pock’ currently sit ninth in the table but have had a solid season which is borne out by the fact that they have accrued ten try bonus points and seven losing bonus points so far this season.

The sides met at Pocklington back in October and it was a cracking match; the scores were level 19-19 at half time before Pock raced into a 29-19 lead with a couple of tries shortly after the break. Spectacular touchdowns from Aaron Wilson and Jimmy Perrett saw Matty Jones’s men nudge ahead at 33-29 before Tom Ratcliffe landed a late penalty to add to his four conversions on the afternoon. Wilson, Perrett and Sam Dawson had scored in the first half.

Last week Pock drew 29-29 at home with 5th placed Bradford and Bingley whist Simon Smith’s charges recorded a rare win at York coming from 0-12 down at the break to win 29-20, so another high-scoring encounter is in prospect.

Front row Sam Dawson will miss Saturday’s game as he has work commitments; however the legendary Paul Taylor will make his first appearance for the first team since he scored the clinching try in the Yorkshire Shield final at the end of last season. Paul has been unable to commit to first team rugby this season due to work commitments.

I was looking through my ‘archives’ (some tattered old notebooks and faded cuttings) and discovered that I did my first report on a Scarborough match forty years ago!  I stood in for the legendary Ken Dix in a game against Marist! I had only been in the town six weeks having arrived from overseas in a snowy Scarborough on the 2nd January 1979.  If I remember Scarborough won the game in those Corinthian days before the vulgar rugby union leagues arrived in 1987.

As my memories include reporting on every away game over two seasons in the eighties without a win, I can categorically say the last two seasons are the good old days for me watching the most exciting Scarborough rugby in forty years; long may it continue!

Scarborough RUFC regain top spot in North One East with West Leeds victory! FULL REPORT BY DAVE CAMPBELL

1 Feb

SCARBOROUGH 35 WEST LEEDS 10

Cade Robinson on the charge against West Leeds

PHOTOGRAPH: ANDY STANDING

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

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 powerful breaks into the Leeds 22.

The first quarter of the game was end to end stuff with honours even but with the stiff south-westerly breeze behind them West Leeds camped in the home 22 in the second quarter and took the lead in the 24th minute when winger Jack Marshall kicked a penalty for a 3-0 lead.

Solid defence on their own line on the half-hour kept the Seasiders in the game and they worked their way out of danger running from deep although both side conceded penalties in the cold windy conditions.

However when the first try of the game came, it was an absolute cracker; Scarborough second row Luke Brown surged from midway through a crowd of bodies and offloaded to his fellow second rower Cade Robinson; he drove into the Leeds 22 before releasing fullback Manning Wilson who printed over in the right corner in the 39th minute. Fly-half Tom Ratcliffe added the extras from wide and Scarborough led 7-3 at the interval.

Playing with the wind after the break the Seasiders made a lively start and extended their lead in the 53rd minute when a tap-penalty by centre Aaron Wilson was taken on by Luke Brown. The big second row was stopped just short of the line and No8 Ben Martin up in support, secured the ball and drove over; Ratcliffe converted for 14-3.

Skipper Matty Jones’s men maintained their pressure and dominated at the breakdown with Robinson, Wilson and flankers Drew and Euan Govier much to the fore. And when the visitors tried to run the ball from halfway a lofted pass was intercepted by Smith, moved on to replacement Billy Parker who released winger Jonty Holloway to glide down the left touchline and score in the 59th minute. Ratcliffe kicked his third conversion for 21-3.

Ben Martin was yellow-carded on the hour and sent to the bin following a bout of handbags after Holloway’s try. To add insult to injury West Leeds’ scrum half Dom Walsh who appeared to have sparked the incident which led to Martin’s card, touched down for the visitors in his absence and winger Jack Marshall converted to reduce the arrears to eleven points at 21-10 in the 63rd minute.

Scarborough defend a scrum against West Leeds at Silver Royd

Scarborough kept the pressure up as they went for a fourth try that would guarantee a bonus point and when it came it was one right out of the top drawer. The Seasiders were camped just outside the visitors 22 and made inroads towards the line with several crash balls; however when the ball was recycled to Matty Jones, the Kiwi prop slid a perfect pass wide right to in-form Ratcliffe. The big fly-half gave a ‘show-and-go’ to the visiting defender, cut inside and sprinted to touchdown behind the posts in the 75th minute and added the conversion for 28-10.

But four tries was not enough for Simon Smith’s try-hungry charges and they rounded off the afternoon with a fifth to please the purists. Centre Aaron Wilson won turn-over ball on halfway and released Ratcliffe; he glided into the Leeds 22 with the quiet power of a Rolls Royce before releasing Smith who showed his opposite number Eliah Chitiyo a clean pair of heels and passed inside to Martin who powered over in the 79th minute. Ratcliffe converted for a resounding 35-10 win.

Scarborough deserved their bonus-point win which combined resolute defence and some great attacking rugby which produced five memorable tries. With Matty Young injured and Jordi Wakeham and Tom Hicks unavailable they took a while to settle but young stand-in scrum-half Alex Rowley, Ben Martin returning from injury with two tries and the re-shuffled backs warmed to their task as the game progressed with that bonus-point sending them to the top of the table once more.

SCARBOROUGH NEWS MAN OF THE MATCH: TOM RATCLIFFE

It’s never an easy task to name a man of the match with so many good performances all over the paddock. However as his great season continues, not many would argue that with Tom Ratcliffe’s incisive breaks and handling, augmented by a terrific try and five conversions in this game he very much deserved the accolade.

SCARBOROUGH: SMITH HOLLOWAY PERRETT WILSON MARSHALL RATCLIFFE ROWLEY CUTINO DAWSON JONES (CAPT) ROBINSON BROWN E.GOVIER D.GOVIER MARTIN REPLACEMENTS WILLIAMS PARKER LEAH (all used).

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