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Late-late try from Sam Dawson sees Scarborough nose ahead of promotion rivals Morley with 34-32 defeat of Percy Park in thriller at Silver Royd.

31 Mar

Scarborough 34 Percy Park 32

By Dave Campbell

Scarborough defend their line at Silver Royd this afternoon.

In a repeat in-reverse of last week’s game at Morley, Scarborough raced to a 26-3 lead against Percy Park thanks to tries from Euan Govier, Ben Martin, Drew Govier and Aaron Wilson. A penalty and converted try from the visitors and a late first half penalty from Scarborough’s Tom Ratcliffe saw the Seasiders lead 29-10 at the break.

Scarborough lost the services of influential scrum-half Jordi Wakeham 30 minutes into the game with a nasty facial injury; he was replaced by veteran coach Phil Stewart.

A terrific fight-back, saw the visitors run-in three second half tries to level the scores at 29-29 before nudging 32-29 ahead with a late penalty. However, the Seasiders struck back with an injury-time try from hooker Sam Dawson to send the big Silver Royd crowd home happy with a 34-32 win.

With Morley on the wrong end of a 29-24 score-line at Cleckheaton, the Seasiders stretched their lead at the top of NORTH ONE EAST to six points with two games to go.

Scarborough defend a Percy Park attacking scrum in their own 22

FULL REPORT BY DAVE CAMPBELL AND PICTURES FROM ANDY STANDING IN THURSDAY’S SCARBOROUGH NEWS

MORLEY 39 SCARBOROUGH 31 Full report and pictures by Dave Campbell

28 Mar

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SCARBOROUGH PRESS THE MORLEY LINE

Scarborough were almost blown-away by a whirlwind start by Morley in which the Leeds-based outfit ran in four tries playing champagne rugby and earning a bonus-point with less than fifteen minutes of the game played.

Morley were out of their traps in lightning fashion and were ahead in less than a minute when a razor-sharp break that saw the ball moved through five pairs of hands to Loose-head Prop Dan Percival who drove over from close range; stand-off Mark Chester converted for 7-0.

There was no let up in the action as a well-judged line kick from Chester set up a Scarborough defensive lineout just outside their five metre line. A Scarborough hand knocked the ball forward to Morley No8 Brandon Hannan who had the simplest of task of scoring from close range and the home side stretched their lead to 12-0 after only 3 minutes.

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And the tries kept coming with the visitors looking shell-shocked by the Morley Blitzkrieg which saw lock Mike Shannon and winger Scott Turner cross in the 9th and 14 minutes respectively; Chester converted both for a 26-0 lead.

With the sizeable Scarborough support fearing a massive thumping, the Seasiders won possession in their own half in the 20th minute; a favourable bounce allowed them to break up-field and spend some time in the Morley 22 for the first time in the game. And from a scrum in the 29th minute the ball was moved swiftly right for winger Matty Young to cross in the corner and reduce the arrears at 26-5.

The Seasiders were caught offside following the re-start after their try and Chester kicked the penalty to stretch the home lead to 29-5. Scarborough came straight back and centre Aaron Wilson broke from mid-way to take play into the home 22. Morley gave away several penalties before the referee ran out of patience and sin-binned Mark Chester for failing to release a tackled player. 

Morley conceded a scrum penalty and quick-thinking scrum half Jordi Wakeham tapped and released fullback Jimmy Perrett to surge over and cut the lead to 29-10 at the break.

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Scarborough made a far steadier start to the second half than they done the first, pushing up and getting into the faces of the home side and further reduced the arrears in the 49th minute when a slick midfield break released Perrett to sprint away to his side’s third unanswered try; Ratcliffe added the extras to reduce the arrears to twelve points at 29-17.

With Euan Govier, Luke Brown, Tom Hicks and prop Nino Cutino taking the game to the home side and regularly getting across the gain line the Seasiders turned the screw on the home line and anything begun to look possible. However Scarborough’s Cade Robinson was sent off on the hour when he was adjudged to have punched Morley fly-half Mark Chester.

Morley took advantage of their numerical superiority when having laid siege to the Scarborough line for a period of time, prop Dan Percival eventually burrowed over for his sides’ fifth try in the 64th minute; Chester converted to stretch the lead to 36-17.

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CADE ROBINSON  PHOTOGRAPH AND STANDING

Scarborough’s 14 men never let their heads drop and redoubled their efforts earning a bonus point in the 69th minute when a pop-pass from Wakeham sent man-of-the-match Luke Brown over between the uprights; Ratcliffe converted.

Leading 36-24 Morley stretched their lead further two minutes later when Scarborough were caught offside and Chester continued his good kicking form with the resulting penalty for 39-24.

Fifteen points adrift the Seasiders continued to look for a losing bonus point to add to their try-bonus and No8 Ben Martin powered over in the 76th minutes and Ratcliffe added the extra two for 39-31. Skipper Matty Jones’s men looked for any score to take them within seven points of their opponents but Morley wound the clock down a distance from their own line on half-way. 

Having come from 0-26 down early in the game, Scarborough showed terrific spirit and application to fight back and earn a bonus point which keeps them in the running as the promotion race in North One East will almost certainly go down to the wire with three games to go.

SCARBOROUGH: PERRETT YOUNG WILSON PARKER HOLLOWAY RATCLIFFE WAKEHAM DOWSON WILLIAMS JONES (CAPT) BROWN HICKS ROBINSON D. GOVIER MARTIN REPLACEMENTS: CUTINO E.GOVIER STEWART (ALL USED)

SCARBOROUGH NEWS MAN OF THE MATCH: LUKE BROWN

Luke played a major part as his side fought back from a disastrous start; breaking the gain line with regularity, getting in the faces of a slick Morley side and scoring the try which ensured they took a bonus point from the game.

GOING DOWN TO THE WIRE? Dave Campbell previews the visit of Percy Park and Scarborough RUFC’s promotion push.

28 Mar

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SCARBOROUGH’S LUKE BROWN TACKLES MORLEY’S TOM PHIPPS LAST WEEK

With only three games to go in Scarborough’s North One East campaign, it looks like the battle for promotion and play-off places could go right down to the wire on the last day of the season on the 14th of April;  so all three of those last three games will be cup finals for Coach Simon Smith’s charges. The Seasiders will play Malton & Norton at the Gannock on the 6th of April and the last game of the season will be against Bradford & Bingley at Silver Royd but first up are Percy Park RFC at home on Saturday; the North Shields-based club have had a good season having lost only two games at home and sit fifth in the league. They’ve had less success on the road where they lost their first eight away games. However they ended their away-day blues with a win at Consett in February and followed that up with away wins in consecutive weeks in this area at Bridlington and Malton in March. Last Saturday they continued their impressive home form with the 50-35 defeat of Bradford and Bingley.

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INCLUDING GAMES PLAYED ON THE 23RD OF MARCH

Last week Matty Jones’s men travelled to Morley for a clash between second and third teams in the league looking for points to clinch a play-off spot for promotion to the North Premier League. Morley were quick out of the traps and ran in four unanswered tries in a whirlwind start to lead 26-0 after only 14 minutes! However Scarborough bounced back with a couple of touchdowns to reduce the arrears at 10-29 at half-time. A spirited fight-back saw the Seasiders score three second half tries to win a vital bonus point. Cade Robinson got his marching orders on the hour and the visitors had to play with 14 men for the last twenty minutes of the game. Morley scored a second half try and kicked a penalty to win a cracking game of rugby 39-31 but Scarborough showed Great Spirit to come back and score five tries.

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AN ATTACKING SCARBOROUGH SCRUM IN THE MORLEY 22

When the Seasiders travelled to Percy Park in December they managed to come from behind to snatch a 23-23 draw late in the game. ‘Park’ led 23-13 with four minutes to go; however Jordi Wakeham sent Aaron Wilson in for a try converted by Tom Ratcliffe to reduce the arrears to three points at 23-20 in the 80th minute and Ratcliffe kicked a penalty deep in injury-time to level the scores. Scarborough’s small squad was stretched that day with front-rower Sam Dawson and lock Tom Hicks missing due to work commitments and No8 Ben Martin injured; but a re-shuffle was made and a good performance ensued. Strength in depth is still a problem; Manning Smith has returned to New Zealand to have reoccurring knee problem investigated, Cade Robinson is banned following last week’s sending off and Tom Hicks is unavailable. Will Leah will play in the second row whilst Phil Stewart, Ian Williams and Will Rennard (nephew of the legendary Colin) are on the bench.

Scarborough fight back to grab a vital bonus-point in 10 try thriller at Morley.

23 Mar

Scarborough press the Morley line late in the game.

MORLEY 39. SCARBOROUGH 31

By Dave Campbell

Scarborough conceded four tries in the first 14 minutes at Scratcherd Lane, Morley and looked on their way to a thrashing at 0-26. However, they rallied and tries by Matty Young and Jimmy Perrett cut the deficit to 10-26 at the break.

A much improved second half show in which Perrett add a further touchdown, saw them grab a bonus point with further tries from Ben Martin and Luke Brown. Scarborough’s Cade Robinson was sent off in the 60th minute.

FULL REPORT BY DAVE CAMPBELL IN THURSDAY’S SCARBOROUGH NEWS

Tough game on the road for Scarborough RUFC at Morley tomorrow. PREVIEW BY DAVE CAMPBELL

22 Mar

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JORDI WAKEHAM WAS MAN OF THE MATCH AGAINST MORLEY AT SILVER ROYD

It’s getting down to the business end of the league season and tomorrow Scarborough RUFC who are second in NORTH ONE EAST travel to third-placed Morley for what is in essence an eight pointer with only four games left.

NORTH ONE EAST including games played on 9th March 2019

The Leeds-based outfit were relegated from the Northern Premier league at the end of the season and following a shaky start to this campaign in which they were beaten 50-17 at Silver Royd, they have won their last ten games in a row and are undefeated in 2019.

On their last outing a couple of weeks ago Morley comfortably beat Bradford and Bingley 48-7 on the road in a game where the home side garnered as many yellow cards as points-scored. The game was refereed by Andy Baker and ended in uncontested scrums. Morley have undoubtedly strengthened their squad since their 50 point defeat at Silver Royd as only two of their try-scorers in Bradford were in the their line-up at Silver Royd.

Scarborough have had a couple of weeks to recover following their 49-12 defeat of Consett at Silver Royd and make a couple of changes to the side that started that game; unfortunately Manning Smith will return to New Zealand next week to have a recurring problem with his knee investigated by a specialist. His place on the wing is taken by Matty Young with Billy Parker slotting into the centre. In the pack Cade Robinson starts at blindside flanker with Euan Govier joining Nino Cutino and Phil Stewart on the bench.

With Morley the form team in North One, tomorrow’s game will be a very tough one for Coach Simon Smith’s charges and they’ll have to dig deep to get a result to keep them in the promotion chase.

Bonus-point defeat of Consett keeps Scarborough RUFC in promotion race. FULL REPORT & PICTURES BY DAVE CAMPBELL

16 Mar

Man of the match Sam Dawson on the charge against Consett

Photographs: Dave Campbell

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Scarborough maintained their play-off second-spot in North East One with a bonus-point win over bottom club Consett, running-in seven tries in a competitive encounter at Silver Royd.

Playing with a stiff north-westerly behind them, the Seasiders’ kick-off was fumbled by the visitors. From the resulting scrum they drove to the Consett 22 and following a couple of scrums they pushed the Geordies over their own line and No8 Ben Martin dived in after 90 seconds. Fly-half Tom Ratcliffe converted for a 7-0 Scarborough lead.

Stung into action Consett drove into the Scarborough half and when the Seasiders lost possession, visiting centre Alex Paulus broke for the line only to be brought down short; however second row Richard Tetley was on hand to follow up and touch down in the 6th minute; Paulus missed the conversion.

Most of the first quarter was played in the Consett half with Scarborough camped on their line on several occasions but spirited defence kept them at bay although they should have scored after 16 minutes when a pass was fired wide from scrum-half Jordi Wakeham to Jonty Holloway with the line at his mercy but the ball flew over the young winger’s head into touch.

However Matty Jones’s men did stretch their lead in the 25th minute when a rather pedestrian threequarters’ move in their own 22 by Consett saw centre Aaron Wilson intercept a pass and cross near the posts; Ratcliffe added the extras to stretch the lead to 14-5.

And Scarborough stretched their lead with a couple of tries in the three minutes before the interval; a well timed kick through from Ratcliffe found wing Manning Smith who released Jones to drive in. His effort was held up but from a subsequent Wakeham tap penalty, hooker Sam Dawson crashed over.

That try was quickly followed by a move involving Jones, Drew Govier and Wakeham who released Jones to pile over. Ratcliffe converted both for a 28-5 half-time lead.

With the wind behind them after the break Consett drove into home territory and from a Scarborough fumble the won a scrum but were penalised; the Seasiders chose to have another scrum and conceded a penalty.  From the resulting kick into touch and catch and drive Consett flanker Bradley Southeran was driven over in the 43rd minute. Paulus converted to reduce the arrears at 28-12.

The men from county Durham turned the screw and were camped on the Scarborough line for extended periods but thanks to some magnificent defence just couldn’t find a way over. The visitors had less field position as the game went into the fourth quarter as aggressive defence in midfield by Luke Brown, the Goviers, Cade Robinson, Wilson, Hicks and Dawson in particular took its toll.

Scarborough stretched their lead on the hour when stand-in scrum-half Jimmy Perrett released Holloway on the wing from a ruck in the Consett 22 and the young wing passed inside back to Perrett who scampered over. Ratcliff added the extra two for 35-12.

Consett heads never went down and they continued to contest every ball doggedly; however the Seasiders stretched their lead in the 65th minute when Euan Govier strode over and Ratcliffe converted for 42-12.

And the men from Silver Royd topped off a workmanlike performance with an excellent mid-fielders’ try from first phase; scrum-half Perrett moved the ball in field to fly-half Ratcliffe from a lineout on halfway; the big ten released inside centre Bill Parker who danced round a couple of tackles and sprinted to the line from just inside the Consett half. Radcliffe converted for 49-12 with his seventh conversion of the game.

Another focused and spirited effort from Coach Simon Smith’s charges with all 18 players in the squad contributing as they lost Jordi Wakeham and Ben Martin to illness half way through the game.  Aggressive in defence, they coped well against a side whose league position belies their commitment and skill.

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

SCARBOROUGH NEWS MAN OF THE MATCH: SAM DAWSON

Sam was everywhere and turned in a great all round performance both in defence and attack; he added to his try tally with a first-half touchdown.

 

High-flying Scarborough RUFC run-in seven tries in 49-12 defeat of Consett.

9 Mar

Scarborough man of the match Sam Dawson outstrips the Consett defence. PHOTOGRAPH: DAVE CAMPBELL

Scarborough blew away the challenge of bottom side Consett and having taken an early 7-0 lead through a Ben Martin try, lead 28-5 at the break thanks to touchdowns from Aaron Wilson, Sam Dawson and skipper Matty Jones.

Consett stuck immediately after the break with a converted try but tries from Jimmy Perrett, Euan Govier and Billy Parker sealed the bonus-point win; fly half Tom Ratcliffe kicked all seven conversions.

Table updated at 1758 on 9th March 2019

SCARBOROUGH RUFC V CONSETT preview of tomorrow’s game at SILVER ROYD

8 Mar

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BEN MARTIN WINS A LINEOUT IN LAST WEEKS 27-22 WIN AT DRIFFIELD  PHOTOGRAPH: DAVE CAMPBELL

Scarborough continue their promotion drive in North One East tomorrow when they take on bottom club Consett RFC who were promoted as champions of Durham/Northumberland at the end of last season.

They had a poor start to the season losing their first six games before winning 39-37 at Cleckheaton on the 24th of November last year; however they had to wait until the New Year for their next win beating Driffield 17-7 at home on the 12th of January 2019 followed by a 26-20 win on the road at Bridlington the following week.

The men from County Durham’s league position does not reflect the rugby they have been playing but a look at their stats show they are by no means the lowest scoring side in the league and they have garnered six try-bonus points and three losing bonuses. Last week they blew away the challenge of visitors Bradford & Bingley scoring six tries in a 41-26 victory; Bradford won 54-22 when the teams met at Wagon Lane in November.

Having had a massively bad day at the office losing at home to Pocklington and having two players sent off, Skipper Matty Jones’s men had to stew in their own juices for two weeks before their next game which was at Driffield last week.

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SCARBOROUGH DRIVE FOR THE LINE AT DRIFFIELD

A cracking encounter at Kelleythorpe saw Scarborough lead 19-7 at the break thanks to tries from Ben Martin, Jonty Holloway and Jimmy Perrett. After the break and with the wind behind them The Woldsmen struck back and going into the final stages of the game the scores were level at 22-22. However a late-late try from Manning Smith with the last play of the game saw the Seasiders snatch a bonus point with a 27-22 win, avenging Driffield’s 42-26 win at Silver Royd earlier in the season.

For tomorrow’s game Coach Simon Smith’s charges will welcome back prop Nino Cutino who has recovered from surgery and centre Matty Young who is fit again after a period on the sidelines with and injury; both are on the bench with the starting fifteen unchanged from last week. Scarborough and Consett met at Consett earlier in the season and the visitors ran-out 31-14 winners following a hard-fought game; it’ll be a tough game but the Seasiders will be looking to do the double on their opponents tomorrow. DONT FORGET THE KICK OFF WILL BE AT THE LATER TIME OF 3pm!

 

SCARBOROUGH GRAB BONUS POINT WITH LAST-GASP WINNNER AT DRIFFIELD

2 Mar

SCARBOROUGH DRIVE AT THE DRIFFIELD DEFENCE  PHOTO: DAVE CAMPBELL

DRIFFIELD 22 SCARBOROUGH 27

By Dave Campbell

Scarborough bounced back from a home defeat by Pocklington in their last game to defeat Driffield on their own patch and widen the gap between themselves and Morley in second and third place in North One East.

With a wind which was behind them then blew across the paddock Scarborough pressured the Woldsmen particularly up front where the Driffield front row had a particularly uncomfortable afternoon.

The Seasiders butchered a couple of nailed-on tries in the first five minutes of the game when overlap ball failed to go to hand with the line begging; however following sustained pressure in the home 22 No8 Ben Martin powered over for the visitors in the 13th minute. Fly-half Tom Ratcliffe failed to convert but Scarborough led 5-0.

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SCARBOROUGH DRIVE FOR THE LINE IN THE DRIFFIELD 22 PHOTO: DAVE CAMPBELL

Scarborough’s lead was short-lived and Driffield scored on their first visit to Scarborough territory when centre Gary Stephenson split the visiting defence and touched down between the uprights in the 16th minute. Fly-half James Watts added the extras for a 7-5 Driffield lead.

The visitors re-doubled their efforts and having taken control in mid-field and the forward battle regained their advantage in the 25th minute when a cross-kick by scrum-half Jordi Wakeham found wing Jonty Holloway who surged over wide on the right; Ratcliffe added the touchline conversion for 12-7.

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BEN MARTIN WINS A LINEOUT AT DRIFFIELD   PHOTO:  DAVE CAMPBELL

And Scarborough underlined their first-half superiority with a signature Jimmy Perrett try where he beat the home defensive line with pure pace to surge over in the 39th minute; Ratcliffe converted for 19-7 lead at the break.

The Woldsmen made a positive start to the second half with a try from from right-wing Joseph Robinson in the 47th minute converted by Watts to reduce the arrears at 19-14 and struck once more through Robinson to level the scores at 19-19 three minutes later.

Ratcliffe and Watts exchanged penalties in the 56th and 62nd minutes respectively and a battle royal ensued in the fourth quarter with scores tied at 22-22.

An absorbing and nail-biting final period looked like ending in a draw before wingman Manning Smith popped up to clinch an injury-time winner at the death with the final play of the game; cue Scarborough delight. Cue Driffield disappointment.

 FULL REPORT IN THE SCARBOROUGH NEWS OUT THURSDAY

 

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