Scarborough need a big home win on Saturday to earn a home tie in their promotion play-off with Blackburn.

9 Apr

Above: Blackburn (in blue) in action at Penrith last week

Scarborough’s Jordi Wakeham in action in Scarborough’s 43-17 win at Malton last Saturday. Photograph: Andy Standing

Saturday sees the last day of the season when Bradford & Bingley are the visitors to Silver Royd; the Seasiders won the opening game of the season against Bradford running out 53-33 winners of a real cracker at their Wagon Lane HQ and following a second record-breaking season with Simon Smith in charge, qualified for a play-off to The NORTH PREMIER league with a 43-17 win at neighbours Malton & Norton at the Gannock last week.

Following that opening day loss to Scarborough the Bees lost their next three games in September but their results picked up and they lost only two between the start of October and the New Year. However they have won only three games so far in 2019 and now sit mid-table in the league. Having thumped Malton 78-29 at Wagon Lane two weeks ago, they were on the wrong end of a 28-17 score-line at relegation-threatened Bridlington at Dukes Park last week.

For your information, as far as the play-offs are concerned the situations is as follows: with the champions of NORTH ONE EAST and NORTH ONE WEST automatically promoted to the NORTHERN PREMIER division, the runners-up in both divisions play-off for the third promotion place. This season Blackburn and Scarborough are runners up of North One West and North One East respectively.

The play-off is a one-off game with home advantage going to the side with the superior playing record and in this case both clubs have identical records except that in the points- scored/points-against column Scarborough have a three point advantage thus:

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Blackburn entertains Douglas (Isle of Man) in a repeat of their opening game of the season when the islanders won 10-7 on home soil.

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So it’s essential that both Blackburn and Scarborough win their games with as many points as possible. Now I’m absolutely convinced that Bradford & Bingley won’t be doing Scarborough any favours and the same will go for Blackburn’s opponents Douglas Isle-of-man RUFC so there should be plenty of exciting rugby played on both sides of the country. It looks like being a great day at Silver Royd on Saturday and the Scarborough club are hoping for a record-breaking crowd for the game which kicks off at 3pm.

One Response to “Scarborough need a big home win on Saturday to earn a home tie in their promotion play-off with Blackburn.”

  1. Tony ruggerfooty April 9, 2019 at 9:01 pm #

    Lets hope for a record crowd!!

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