DAVE CAMPBELL Previews Scarborough RUFC vs Pocklington

14 Feb


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!

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