Archive | September, 2019

SCARBOROUGH RUFC travel to Huddersfield YMCA with enforced pack reshuffle. DAVE CAMPBELL REVIEWS

25 Sep

2019-09-25 ben martin v percy park

BEN MARTIN IN ACTION AGAINST PERCY PARK   Picture: JENNY BROWN WOOD

Scarborough RUFC are on the road for the third time this month as they take on Huddersfield YMCA on Saturday. ‘YM’ who went into administration two weeks ago because of a hotly contested £166,000 bill, have continued to operate as an amateur rugby club.

They went down 38-40 at Malton on the opening day of the season and this was followed a week later by a 15-50 home defeat to Bradford & Bingley; last Saturday they lost 20-32 on the road at Cleckheaton and consequently are second from bottom of North One East.

Having gained seven points from their first two games at Cleckheaton and Kendal, the Seasiders played their first home game last week and scored seven tries for a 48-31 win in a twelve try spectacular with Percy Park.

2019-09-25 DREW V PERCY PARK

DREW GOVIER RECEIVES TREATMENT DURING THE GAME WITH PERCY PARK

Fly-half Tom Ratcliffe who was unavailable against Percy Park returns on Saturday for the trip to West Yorkshire; however the forward pack which played so well last week will be without three major influential players, flanker and skipper Drew Govier who sustained a shoulder injury last week, lock forward Luke Brown who is unavailable and prop Matty Jones who has a knee injury; Jordan Holloway, veteran Phil Watson and Nino Cutino will respectively deputise. Sam Peate, Will Leah and Billy Parker are on the bench.

TOM RATCLIFFE RETURNS AT HUDDERSFIELD

picture Andy Standing

There is a coach for this trip with a meet time of 10.45am. Elsewhere, the Vikings entertain BP Chemicals at Silver Royd; kick-off 3pm.

 

Scarborough RUFC grab bonus-point win in 12-try thriller at Silver Royd

22 Sep

2019-09-22 DREW AND JORDI V PERCY PARK

JORDAN WAKEHAM (2nd left) and DREW GOVIER (2nd right) in action against PERCY PARK  PICTURE: ANDY STANDING

RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION (RFU) NORTHERN DIVISION – NORTH ONE EAST

SCARBOROUGH 48 PERCY PARK 31

By Dave Campbell

Scarborough continued their impressive start to the season with the 48-31 bonus-point defeat of visitors Percy Park at Silver Royd yesterday.

In warm sunny conditions the Seasiders grabbed an early lead when skipper Drew Govier broke into the Percy Park half; the young flanker was stopped illegally in the visitors 22 and scrum-half Jordy Wakeham up in support releasedwing Joe Marshall who powered over on the blindside; Wakeham converted for a 7-0 lead in the 2nd minute.

The North Shields-based visitors were impressive with ball in hand breaking from mid-way and it was no surprise when they broke down their left flank and levelled the scores with a converted try in the in the 9th minute.

The Seasiders nudged ahead with tries from No8 Ben Martin and flanker Euan Govier, Wakeham converting one for a 19-5 lead. Winger Paul Robinson pulled a score back for the visitors with a converted try to reduce the arrears to 19-12.

Stand-in fly-half Phil Stewart increased the Scarborough lead to 22-12 with a long distance penalty before Ben Martin Stretched the lead to 29-12 at half-time with his second try of the game.

A try by Prop Matty Jones converted by Wakeham five minutes into the second half stretched the lead to 36-12. However their penetrative running and pace saw the Geordies touch down twice and convert to reduce the arrears to 26-36; and it was game on!

However Scarborough dominated the forward exchanges and their mobile back five sucked the visitors in at the breakdown. And when Wakeham powered into the ‘Park’ half on the hour, a slick pass to Aaron Wilson on his shoulder, saw the inside centre power over; Wakeham added the extras for 41-26.

And the Seasiders continued to pile on the pressure when a lightning break from Wilson released winger Jonty Holloway to surge over and Wakeham converted for 48-26. A try two minutes from the end from a turnover saw the Geordies wind Scarborough in at 48-31 but it was much too little too late.

Percy Park earned a deserved bonus-point in a hugely entertaining game; however Scarborough bossed the forward exchanges and their live wire scrum half Jordi Wakeham and their breakaway forwards, Drew Govier, his brother Euan and Ben Martin were the creative difference between the teams.

READ CHARLIE HOPPER’S FULL REPORT IN THURSDAY’S SCARBOROUGH NEWS

Scarborough RUFC take on Percy Park in first home game of the season at Silver Royd on Saturday: PREVIEW.

18 Sep

2019-04-05 DEFENSIVE SCRUM V PERCY PARK

SCARBOROUGH DEFEND AN ATTACKING PERCY PARK SCRUM AT SILVER ROYD LAST SEASON

PHOTOGRAPH: DAVE CAMPBELL

Saturday sees Scarborough RUFC’s first home game of season 2019-20 as they welcome North Shield-based outfit Percy Part to Silver Royd.

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PHIL STEWART

In a repeat of the start to last season the Seasiders’ opening two fixtures were away from home, this time at Cleckheaton on the opening day and at Kendal last Saturday. A second half comeback at Cleckheaton saw captain Drew Govier’s men bounce back from a 32-7 half-time deficit to score 22 unanswered points after the break but lose narrowly 29-32. However, they won a couple of bonus points for scoring five tries and losing by less than seven points. Last Saturday was a pretty similar story at Kendal; where the home side led 20-7 early in the second half only for Scarborough to take control and pip the Cumbrians at the post for a 26-20 bonus-point win.

Percy Park have also won one and lost one game, they went down 14-25 at Bradford and Bingley on the 7th September and last week beat Cleckheaton 27-19 at home. Scarborough had two close-fought games against the Tynesiders last season; Coach Simon Smith’s men coming away from Tyneside with a creditable 23-23 draw. At home in March the Seasiders raced to a 29-10 half-time lead but ‘Park’ staged a stirring second half revival to edge 32-29 ahead near the end; however, an injury-time try from hooker Sam Dawson snatched a 34-32 home win.

For Saturday’s game Scarborough have three enforced changes from last week; Tom Ratcliffe is unavailable and Phil Stewart takes his place at fly-half, Billy Parker is at a wedding and Angus Frend moves from fullback to centre with Henry Hocking coming in at fullback. The pack is unchanged and Connor Ward joins Nino Cutino and Jordan Holloway on the bench. Frend and Hocking will make their home debuts in this game and If last season’s games between today’s protagonists are anything to go by I think a real cracker is in prospect at what is expected to be a busy Silver Royd. Elsewhere on Saturday the Vikings and Danesmen are on the road at Hullensians as they taken on the Humbersiders second and third teams.

North One East club HUDDERSFIELD YMCA goes into administration.

15 Sep

Report by Dave Campbell

Scarborough in action at Huddersfield YMCA last season

Huddersfield YMCA Scarborough’s next opponents on the road on the 28th Of September have gone into administration following the presentation of a £166,000 bill by the trustees of the YMCA NATIONAL PENSION FUND.

The board of YM which has only two employees in the scheme has denied the massive liability but were found against by the deputy pensions ombudsman. For the present I believe they will fulfil their fixtures.

Scarborough RUFC fight back to grab bonus-point victory at Kendal!

14 Sep

2016-10-05 NINO REJOINS SHARP

A BULLOCKING BREAK BY NINO CUTINO SET-UP SCARBOROUGH’S WINNING TRY    picture DAVE CAMPBELL

RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION (RFU) NORTHERN DIVISION – NORTH ONE EAST

KENDAL 20 SCARBOROUGH 26

By Dave Campbell

Scarborough bounced back from an unpromising first half to grab a 26-20 bonus-point victory with four sizzling second half touchdowns at Kendal this afternoon.

The Cumbrians took an early lead with an unconverted try when scrum-half Dino Noya picked up from the base of an attacking scrum to dart over. Stand-off Glen Weightman added the conversion for a 7-0 lead.

The home lead was short lived when flanker Euan Govier struck back for the visitors following broken play and fly-half Tom Ratcliffe converted to level the scores at 7-7.

A couple of Kendal penalties from Weightman stretched the home lead to 13-7. The Seasiders had their fair share of possession and territory but indiscipline and poor handling kept them out of contention.

The second half started inconspicuously for the visitors when they knocked-on the Kendal kick-off before Noya added his second try converted by Weightman for a 20-7 lead; however a powerful pack performance from skipper Drew Govier’s men saw them take control.

As the Scarborough forwards drove to the home line, the Kendal forwards collapsed the maul and conceded a penalty try to reduce the arrears at 14-20. Visiting scrum-half Jordi Wakeham then picked up from the base of an attacking scrum to dart over and cut the lead to a single point at 19-20; Ratcliffe missed the conversion.

And the coup de grace was delivered late in the game when prop Nino Cutino broke from deep in his own half to the Kendal ten metre line; the move was taken on and centre Aaron Wilson powered through the middle to score between the uprights. Ratcliffe converted for 26-20 to complete a memorable day on the road in the Lake District.

 

Read all about Scarborough RUFC in September’s SCARBOROUGH REVIEW

14 Sep

Scarborough edged out in thriller despite hooker Stuart Smyth’s hat-trick.

13 Sep

HAT-HERO STUART SMYTH

NORTH ONE EAST

CLECKHEATON 32 SCARBOROUGH 29

REPORT BY CHARLIE HOPPER

 

Scarborough started their North One East campaign with a trip to Cleckheaton looking to make the perfect start to the season. After going in at half time 32-7 down, they managed to fight back scoring 22 unanswered points before falling just short.

The visitors however were under pressure straight from the kick off and after some time defending their line, theyconceded a penalty and fell behind inside 5 minutes. Despite stringing a few passes together, they then conceded another penalty and after a long-distance kick it left the visitors trailing 6-0. Simon Smith’s side then hit straight back and on the 10th minute new Youth Development Officer and Hooker Stuart Smyth crashed through the Cleck defence to score his first league try, Ratcliffe converting to give Scarborough the lead at 7-6.

Both sides then made errors across the park and neither managed to take control of the game. On the 23rd minute, the home side then managed to break through numerous tackles and charge toward Scarborough’s line. After a left-to-right cross field kick, right wing Mike Hayward collected and scored to give them the lead. This left Smith’s side trailing 13-7. Cleck then scored again as Scarborough continued to miss tackles and centre Matty Piper crashed across the line.Leading 20-7, It wasn’t long before the home side were on the scoreboard again after a fast-paced attack lead to Haywarddoubling his tally. Scarborough continued to be blown away as the home side added more points to the growing score, once converted, for 32-7. 

Scarborough made the perfect start to the second-half and after weathering some early pressure, managed to get themselves a much-needed try. After winning possession at a Cleck scrum, Scarborough broke clear and flanker Chris Purdy crossed for a try. Ratcliffe’s conversion was missed to leave it 32-12. And in the the 52nd minute, Scarborough managed to bundle over the line again, leaving them trailing 32-17. 

Midway through the second half Scarborough secured the bonus point when Matty Jones managed to power over from close range after being camped on the Cleckheaton line; Ratcliffe adding the extras to leave the scores at 32-24. The next 10 minutes saw both teams consolidating and most of the play was in midfield. The men from Silver Royd remained positive and despite missing a penalty in front of the posts continued to hold their own against a cohesive Cleckheaton side. After winning a penalty and kicking for the corner, they won the resulting line-out and then looked to pile on the pressure. Smyth managing to sneak in low at the corner to complete a hat-trick of tries with the last play of the game securing two bonus-point. 

Next up for the Silver Royd outfit is a trip to Kendal RFC who suffered a crushing defeat on Saturday as they lost 45-5at the hands of Durham City. It’s going to be a tough encounter, but Simon Smith’s side can take a lot of positives from their travels to Cleckheaton.

SCARBOROUGH: FREND WARD PARKER WILSON JONTY HOLLOWAY RATCLIFFE WAKEHAM JONES SMYTH NELLIST RENNARD BROWN PURDY E.GOVIER D.GOVIER (CAPT) SUBSTITUTES:CUTINO JORDAN HOLLOWAY MARSHALL

 

MAN OF THE MATCH: Stuart Smyth

Starting at hooker, new recruit Stuart Smyth impressed managing to not only open his scoring account but bag a hat-trick. His 3 tries inspired a fighting comeback from Scarborough and ensured that they took something away from the game. Stand out performances were from Billy Parker and Matty Jones as both had inspiring games and used their wealth of experience to drive the team forward

Student journalist Charlie, to help with reporting duties at Scarborough RUFC

11 Sep

2019-09-12 CHARLIE FOR BLOG

CHARLIE HOPPER

If you have been reading the sports section of the SCARBOROUGH NEWS lately you will see a new name among the sporting journos; Charlie Hopper has been covering many subjects for the paper including interviews with Scarborough RUFC Coach Simon Smith and skipper Drew Govier and you can read his report on the Scarborough-Cleckheaton game today.

Charlie is an aspiring sports journalist who will shortly start a Journalism degree at Sheffield Hallam University. He currently plays for Scarborough Cricket Club and has represented them for many years whilst also doing some radio commentary for Scarborough Athletic and some work on their social media platforms. He has also covered some age-level games for Yorkshire CC and is currently in contact with a cricket agency regarding some extra writing. For the last two years he has been studying at Queen Ethalburga’s in York whilst on a cricket scholarship.

As you will know I retired from my report-writing duties for Scarborough RUFC at the end of last season but as yet no one has volunteered to take over the role. Along with many other things the 19 year old student has on his plate, he has volunteered to help the club with match reports as and when he can which will be a great help to me as I am carrying on for the mean time

Charlie is of course the son of former Newby favourite Stephen Hopper who was first team hooker  for many years and has been involved with the club from an early age when he watched his dad play. He is excited to become involved with club having watched it grow over the years and hopes to attend as many games as he can with the time available considering his studies; a very warm welcome Charlie!

Ben Martin returns for Scarborough RUFC trip to Kendal

11 Sep

2019-03-02 BEN MARTIN LINEOUT 2

BEN MARTIN IN LINEOUT ACTION AT DRIFFIELD LAST SEASON

picture Dave Campbell

Scarborough RUFC are back on the road on Saturday as they make the 360 mile round trip to the Lake district to take on Kendal. The Cumbrians plied their trade in National Three North in season 2016-17; the league was re-named the North Premier the following season and last season they were relegated to North One East having finished third bottom of the North Premier. I’m not sure how the powers that be worked out the relegation places as there were two Lancashire sides, Wilmslow and Vale of Lune below them and Cheshire side Lymm RFC above them? Last Saturday Kendal were thrashed 45-5 at newly promoted Durham City in their opening North One East game.

2017-03-23 CHRIS PURDY AT NORTH RIBBLESDALE

CHRIS PURDY STARTS IN THE SECOND ROW picture Andy Standing

Last Saturday a ring-rusty Scarborough side were blown away in the early stages of their game at Cleckheaton and trailed 7-32 at the break; however two second half tries to add to his opener from new hooker Stuart Smyth and touchdowns from prop Matty Jones and back row Chris Purdy provided a nail-biting finish. Had the Seasiders had a more successful afternoon with the boot, they could well have completed a fantastic fight-back to win. However their spirit and attitude saw to it that a game which looked dead and gone after 40 minutes, produced two bonus points and they outscored Cleckheaton by 5 tries to 4.

2019-09-11 HENRY HOCKING

HENRY HOCKING STARTS ON THE BENCH

For Saturday’s long trip Coach Simon Smith has made one change in the backs with Joe Marshall starting on the right wing for Connor Ward. Up front Chris Purdy comes in for Will Rennard in the second row with influential young back row Ben Martin who was unavailable last week  starting at No8. Kiwi Henry Hocking, Nino Cutino and Jordan Holloway are on the bench. In my forty years covering Scarborough’s games I can’t recall a fixture with Kendal, so no indicators from history; however having managed five tries on the road last week I’m sure skipper Drew Govier will be looking to his side to open their North One East account in Cumbria.

Hooker Stuart Smyth runs in hat-trick of tries on debut at Cleckheaton.

7 Sep

STUART SMYTH

NORTH ONE EAST

 

CLECKHEATON 32 SCARBOROUGH 29

 

By Dave Campbell

A ring-rusty Scarborough side were blown away in the early stages of this North One game against Cleckheaton but a hat-trick of tries from new hooker Stuart Smyth almost turned the tide in a cracker in west Yorkshire this afternoon.

Starting with Matty Jones in the front row replacing Nino Cutino who was struggling with a stiff neck and started on the bench; the Seasiders slipped 0-6 behind following a couple of Cleckheaton penalties.

 

However skipper Drew Govier’s men grabbed the lead in the 10th minute when hooker Stuart Smyth on debut crossed from close range and fly-half Tom Ratcliffe converted for 7-6.

 

A somewhat undercooked Scarborough side were brushed aside as the west Yorkshiremen ran in four tries (three converted) from Mike Haywood (2), skipper Matty piper and Jack Marshall in a dynamic first half performance to lead 32-7 at the break.

With Cutino on for young prop Joe Nellis and Chris Purdie replacing Will Rennard in the second row Scarborough took the second half to Cleckheaton from the re-start and turned the screw in a complete reverse of the first 40 minutes.

 

With Jordan Holloway replacing Purdy in the back row and Joe Marshall on for Connor Ward on the right wing the Seasiders ran in a further four tries from Smyth (2), Purdy and Jones to outscore the home side 22-0 in the second half.

 

Had the Seasiders had a more successful afternoon with the boot, they could well have completed a fantastic fight-back to win. However their spirit and attitude saw to it that  a game which looked dead and gone after 40 minutes, produced two bonus points.

 

Although disappointed with their sluggish start, Coach Simon Smith was buoyed by his side’s terrific second half performance.

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