Dave Campbell previews SCARBOROUGH-BLACKBURN and looks back at season 2018-2019

25 Apr

2019-04-12 SHOT FROM BLACKBURN IN 2015



When season 2018/2019 started most of the Scarborough faithful looked forward to the coming eight months with trepidation. Although Simon, Matty and the lads had done a magnificent job in gaining promotion from Yorkshire One and won the Yorkshire Shield for the first time most supporters hoped for, at the very least, survival in North One East.

Looking at the teams they would face; Morley, Bradford & Bingley and Percy Park to name but a few who had played in more exulted company including the national leagues it seemed a mighty step-up. The Coach and players had a completely different view and kicked off the season with a 53-33 win at high-flying Bradford & Bingley.

The Seasiders turned-out to have a record-breaking season playing a scintillating brand of high-scoring running rugby at home and away and ended the season in second place behind Morpeth although they were the highest scoring team in the league scoring over 100 tries and garnering no less than 827 points and twenty try-scoring bonus points (4 or more tries in a game).

Coach Simon Smith had to cope with the loss of Tom Harrison injured in the opening game at Bradford and the retirement of Harry Domett; however he moved club stalwart Tom Ratcliffe from outside-centre to fly-half and his partnership with the fast-improving Jordi Wakeham has been a revelation. The forward pack was beefed-up by the arrival of Alexis Core from France who joined the inspirational Sam Dawson, Nino Cutino and Matty Jones in the front row. Behind them Luke Brown from Whitby, Cade Robinson from New Zealand and Tom Hicks who came into the side having been sidelined since joining the club last season all made a major contributions to this season’s success.

Unfortunately they lost Alexis at Christmas when he returned to France but Aaron Wilson continued to take the plaudits whether playing at centre or anywhere in the back five when required. In the youthful back-row Drew and Euan (the brothers Govier) and Ben Martin were outstanding. In the backs Jimmy Perrett continued to score tries for fun ably assisted by Joe Marshall, Billy Parker, Jonty Holloway, Matty Young and Manning Smith.

Ian Williams, Ryan Fowler, Jack Anderson, Phil Stewart, Jordan Holloway, Tom Fish, Will Leah, Will Rennard and Sam Peate were also in the thick of the action; for the most part from the bench.

 And so to tomorrow’s play-off game against Blackburn RUFC who finished second in North One West; I know little of the Lancastrian outfit other than they finished with an identical playing record as Scarborough but had a bigger points scored-points/conceded record no doubt helped by the 85-0 defeat of Douglas (Isle of Man) RUFC on the last day of the season.



Scarborough have played Blackburn once before winning 26-0 in the quarter-final of the RFU Intermediate Cup at Silver Royd on the 14th of March 2015. The Seasiders won comfortably thanks to a couple of tries from back row Eamon Chapman and once apiece from props Paul Taylor and Mark Hopper, Tom Harrison converting three. Of the team that started that game only Tom Ratcliffe and Billy Parker start tomorrow although Jordi Wakeham and Phil Stewart started on the bench that day. Blackburn has only two players still playing from the side at Silver Royd Prop B. Corless and second row N. Sewell.


The team will travel to Blackburn today and stay there overnight and although they have little idea of the strengths and weaknesses of their opponents, I’m sure they’ll show the resolve and commitment and team spirit that has served them so well during this memorable season; which has been my most enjoyable since I started chronicling the team’s efforts 40 years ago. Win or lose they will have had a season that the whole club will be very proud of!  

One Response to “Dave Campbell previews SCARBOROUGH-BLACKBURN and looks back at season 2018-2019”

  1. Alan Readman April 26, 2019 at 7:16 am #

    i too have enjoyed the success of all the players who have made this season what we have witnessed week by week,all the best go with you in the playoff at Blackburn on Saturday 27th. We will be there A.T.Readman.

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