Archive | October, 2019

Scarborough entertain Malton in Shield Tie on Saturday: DAVE CAMPBELL PREVIEWS

30 Oct

2019-10-30 JONTYDURHAM

JONTY HOLLOWAY WHO SCORED A TRY AT DURHAM CITY PLAYS FULLBACK AGAINST MALTON

Picture: Jenny Brown Wood

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By Dave Campbell

Scarborough plays their first Yorkshire Shield tie for seventeen months when they entertain Malton & Norton at Silver Royd on Saturday. They won the competition beating Old Rishworthians 41-27 in the final at Brantingham Park, Hull on the 13th of May 2018.

Last season the Seasiders eschewed the county knockout competitions to concentrate on their first season in North One East (N1E) and it paid off with Coach Simon Smith’s men ending runners-up in the league and narrowly missing promotion, losing the play-off game at Blackburn.

Scarborough and Malton have yet to meet in the league but as things stand the Seasiders sit top of N1E with the men from The Gannock in ninth place. Both sides were on the road last Saturday; Malton lost 23-14 at Pocklington whilst Scarborough had a narrow 14-13 win at Durham City.

The busiest place in Silver Royd of late has been the treatment room with skipper Drew Govier’s men suffering a catalogue of injuries; for Saturday’s game the backs have been re-shuffled with Jonty Holloway starting at fullback for the injured Henry Hocking, Joe Marshall returns from injury and Tom Ratcliffe moves to outside centre from fly-half where the experienced Phil Stewart comes in. In the front row; Benny Blackall who made an impressive start off the bench at Durham plays at tight-head whilst behind him Mikey Readman and Will Rennard provide a combination of youth and experience in the second row. The substitute’s bench is packed with experience and youth with Ian Williams and Jack Anderson joined by Tom Read and Sam Pollock who could possibly make his first team debut. Ben Martin and Aaron Wilson are still sidelined due concussion protocols but Wilson may return next week.

DONT FORGET!

Saturday’s game at Silver Royd kicks-off at 2.15pm with the clocks having gone back last Sunday.

 

 

Scarborough RUFC win 14-13 at Durham City to go top in North One East.

26 Oct

Brothers Jonty (L) and Jordan Holloway scored a try apiece at Durham

TWITTER FEED: CHARLIE HOPPER

RFU NORTHERN DIVISION – NORTH ONE EAST

DURHAM CITY 13 SCARBOROUGH 14

By Dave Campbell

Having trailed 0-3 at the break Scarborough RUFC bounced back with second half tries from brothers Jonty and Jordan Holloway to grab a narrow 14-13 win at Durham City and go top in North One East this afternoon.

Scrum-half Paul Armstrong kicked City to a 3-0 lead fifteen minutes into the game and despite some good work from the visitors in a busy first half and the 38th minute sin-binning of flanker Tom Jones, the home side maintained their narrow advantage until half time.

The Seasiders struck early in the second half when scrum-half Jordan Wakeham’s box-kick found wing Jonty Holloway who stood up his opposite number and romped over to score; fly-half Tom Ratcliffe added the extras for a 7-3 Scarborough lead; however Armstrong added a second penalty for City minutes later to reduce the arrears to 7-6.

Durham’s discipline let them down throughout the game as first second row Kevin Showler and then replacement Reece Amir were sin-binned in the 62nd and 70th minutes respectively.

Prop Benny Blackall on debut almost forced his way over in the 70th minute before Jordan Holloway powered over for his second try converted by Ratcliffe for 14-6 in the 74th minute.

An injury-time try by wing Nathan Bushall for City converted by Armstrong reduced the Scarborough advantage to a single point at 14-13 but the visitors held their nerve for a narrow but deserved win on the road.

 FULL REPORT AND PICTURES BY CHARLIE HOPPER IN THURSDAY’S SCARBOROUGH NEWS

Scarborough RUFC look to bounce back at Durham City on Saturday. DAVE CAMPBELL PREVIEWS

23 Oct

2019-10-23 PURDY V YORK

CHRIS PURDY TAKES A CLEAN LINEOUT CATCH AGAINST YORK

Picture JENNY BROWN WOOD

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DAVE CAMPBELL

Following last week’s disappointing result when Scarborough surrendered a 21-3 lead to lose 21-24 to York in the final quarter of their North One East game at Silver Royd, the Seasiders are on the road at Durham City on Saturday.

Coach Simon Smith’s charges are still without the services of No8 Ben Martin and centre Aaron Wilson both unable to play due to concussion protocols following head injuries; the former having missed the last three games and the latter the last two. Prop Nino Cutino was injured early in the game against York and Australian tight-head prop Benny Blackall will make his club debut as the front-row replacement on the bench. Veteran lock forward Phil Watson is unavailable and Will Leah joins Luke Brown in the second row; Chris Purdy starts at No8 and Jordan Holloway and veteran Phil Stewart join Blackall on the bench.

Durham City finished second in Durham/Northumberland Division One (DND1) at the end of season 2017-18 and should have played Scarborough in the play-off game between the runners-up in Yorkshire One and DND1. Unbelievably they refused to play the game on the date specified by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and forfeited promotion; however they went on to win DND1 as champions last season and were promoted North One East.

‘City’ have had a mixed start to the season winning three and losing four games of their seven so far. On their own patch their results have been somewhat erratic and have included the 62-10 thrashing of Pocklington and a 43-27 defeat by Driffield; last week they lost 38-17 at Cleckheaton.

If you want to travel to Durham to support Drew and his men a free coach will leave Silver Royd at 11am on Saturday. If you can’t travel, the Vikings are in action at Silver Royd as they take on Marist RUFC; Tom Harrison will return at fly-half for his first appearance since he was injured on the opening day of last season at Bradford & Bingley; also in the Vikings squad for this one are Joe Marshall, Paul Taylor and Toby Welsby. Both first and Vikings games kick-off at 3pm.

 

 

In-form York visit Silver Royd for eagerly anticipated local derby tomorrow: DAVE CAMPBELL PREVIEWS

18 Oct

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BILLY PARKER ON THE CHARGE AT WEST HARTLEPOOL

Photograph by JENNY BROWN WOOD

Surprise North One East league-leaders Scarborough entertain York at Silver Royd tomorrow in their third home game of the season. Last week, playing with a depleted line-up the Seasiders bounced back from an early 0-15 deficit to score four tries for a 29-25 bonus-point win at West Hartlepool.

York have made a solid start to the season; they lost their first two games narrowly going down 18-22 at Driffield and 18-19 against Morley at Clifton Park. They then won their next four 30-24 at Pocklington, 35-17 against Malton at home, Bradford and Bingley 39-12 on the road and Cleckheaton 49-29 at home last week. They have recruited in the close season including Kiwi second row Cade Robinson who played for Scarborough last season.

Tom Ratcliffe and Chris Purdy who were both unavailable last week return to action tomorrow for Drew Govier’s men; however Ben Martin and Aaron Wilson are still missing due to concussion; Joe Marshall is still injured. Also last week the Viking won a cracker against Goole seconds 10-8 at Silver Royd; they don’t have a game tomorrow but the Danesmen are in action at Barton.

Last season’s game between Scarborough and York produced perhaps the most exciting game at Silver Royd since the complex opened in 2009. York took an early 12-0 lead before Scarborough fought back to lead 19-12 before the Minstermen ran in a couple of tries to lead 24-19 at the break. The champagne rugby continued in the second half as the Seasiders raced to a 43-24 lead with fifteen minutes to go. The visitors came storming back to silence the Silver Royd faithful with three tries in seven mind-boggling minutes to level the scores at 43-43 with a couple of minutes to go! Game over? Not a bit of it; skipper Matty Jones barged over from close range deep in injury time and Tom Ratcliffe converted for an extraordinary 50-43 Scarborough win! If tomorrow’s game is half as exciting we really are in for a treat.

Scarborough stage stirring fight-back to grab bonus-point win at West Hartlepool

12 Oct

Veteran Graeme Jeffrey in action at West Hartlepool

Picture Jenny Brown Wood

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

WEST HARTLEPOOL 25 SCARBOROUGH 29

TWITTER FEED BY CHARLIE HOPPER

Report by Dave Campbell

Scarborough RUFC travelled to West Hartlepool with a much re-shuffled side due to injury and unavailability but came from 0-15 down in the first half to grab a bonus-point victory with a spirited performance.

The Seasiders made a sluggish start conceding an early penalty and a couple of tries (one converted) to trail 0-15 before the half hour mark.

Scarborough started the fight-back eight minutes before half time with a try from fullback Jonty Holloway instigated and converted by scrum-half Jordan Wakeham and followed up with a try from fly-half Henry Hocking with Wakeham adding the extras to trail 14-15 at the break.

The visitors went ahead for the first time in the game when centre Billy Parker crashed over two minutes into the second half and Wakeham added the conversion for a 21-15 lead. That advantage lasted ten minutes before ‘West’ struck back with an unconverted try to cut the lead to a single point at 21-20.

Both sides had a man sin-binned around the hour mark when Scarborough’s veteran wing Graeme Jeffrey was shown a yellow card swiftly followed by Hartlepool’s Painter; however the men from Silver Royd stretched their slender lead to six points when wing Tom Anderson dived in at the corner for 26-20 in the 66th minute.

Wakeham, who turned in an impishly livewire performance, missed the conversion to Anderson’s try but made no mistake with a penalty in the 75th minute for a 29-20 lead; all over? Not a bit of it; ‘West’ crossed with just over a minute remaining to reduce the arrears to 29-25 but the visitors shut up shop for a third deserved victory on the road.

 FULL REPORT AND PICTURES BY CHARLIE HOPPER IN THURSDAY’S SCARBOROUGH NEWS

 

Depleted league-leaders Scarborough on the road at former rugby giants West Hartlepool on Saturday.

9 Oct

DAVE CAMPBELL’S PREVIEW

2018-02-23 SCARBOROUGH REIVEW FEBRUARY AARON WILSON

Aaron Wilson will miss Scarborough’s next three games PHOTO:  ANDY STANDING

North One East league-leaders Scarborough travel to West Hartlepool on Saturday with a side decimated by injury and unavailability; missing from the team who beat Moortown 22-14 last Saturday are centre Aaron Wilson, who was concussed in that game and will miss the next three and wing Joe Marshall with an ankle injury; influential fly-half Tom Ratcliffe and back row Chris Purdy are unavailable. No8 Ben Martin who was concussed at Huddersfield YMCA misses his second game of three and Tom Harrison who was injured in the first game of last season is not yet ready to return to action.

In a completely re-shuffled back division wing Jonty Holloway plays at fullback, veteran Graeme Jeffrey who has yet to play this season and youngster Tom Anderson plays on the wings, Billy Parker comes in for Wilson at inside centre and Henry Hocking moves from fullback to replace Ratcliffe at ten.

In the forwards Joe Nellist starts at tight-head prop and Ryan Fowler plays blind-side flanker with Euan Govier returning from injury at open side. Matty Jones, Jordan Holloway and Will Leah are on the bench.

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Graeme Jeffrey dives in to score at Silver Royd  PHOTO: ANDY STANDING

Founded in 1881 ‘West’ was a ‘senior’ club for over a hundred years and eventually played as a professional club in the Premiership when the game went professional; however they never had the financial clout of the millionaire-backed outfits in the league and eventual went back to their amateur roots. A series of relegations saw them tumble through the leagues.

Last season they won the play-off with Heath for promotion to North One East. So for they have won only one of their five fixtures beating Pocklington 24-20 in their second game of the season; last week they lost 59-14 at Cleckheaton. The men from county Durham have struggled with a catalogue of injuries this season so Saturday’s game with a depleted Scarborough side should be interesting with the team with greater strength-in-depth probably prevailing.

Scarborough go top in NORTH ONE EAST with 22-14 defeat of Moortown at Silver Royd!

5 Oct

HOOKER STUART SMYTH SCORES AGAINST MOORTOWN

SCARBOROUGH 22 MOORTOWN 14

By Dave Campbell

In-form Scarborough RUFC grabbed top spot in NORTH ONE EAST at Silver Royd with victory over Leeds-based outfit Moortown yesterday.

The men from Silver Royd raced to a 14-0 lead with tries from Hooker Stuart Smyth in the 5th and 14th minutes of the game; fly-half Tom Ratcliffe converted both. Increasingly influential scrum-half Jordan Wakeham was instrumental in both tries and added a third assist when he released fullback Henry Hocking to sprint over in the 18th minute.

A big turnout was royally entertained by both sides who looked to play expansive rugby but defences held sway and Scarborough reached the break without conceding.

The third quarter of the game saw the handling from both sides deteriorate, however Moortown reduced the arrears with a converted try in the 62nd minute and it was game on. Scarborough conceded a string of penalties midway through the half before the visitors cut the deficit to five points at 19-14 with a converted try in the 71st minute. 

With the Seasiders nervously holding onto their narrow five point lead  in the closing stages,  Ratcliffe put the issue beyond doubt, sealing a 22-14 victory with a penalty three minutes before the end.

FULL REPORT FROM CHARLIE HOPPER AND PICTURES FROM ANDY STANDING IN THURSDAY’S SCARBOROUGH NEWS.

Huddersfield YMCA 17 Scarborough 35 full report by DAVE CAMPBELL

4 Oct

Scarborough scrum down in 35-17 win at Huddersfield YMCA

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

HUDDERSFIELD YMCA 17 SCARBOROUGH 35

By Dave Campbell

Scarborough continued their promising start to the season with a 35-17 bonus-point win at a rain-sodden Huddersfield YMCA on Saturday.

The Seasiders made a great start when the YM kick-off went directly into touch; from the resulting scrum on half way fly-half Tom Ratcliffe hoisted a huge Garryowen into the home 22 which was fumbled. Scrum half Jordan Wakeham dinked the ball over a flat defence and Ratcliffe surged through to collect and score. The big ten added the extras for 7-0 with less than two minutes on the clock.

In a downpour the visitors had the lion’s share of territorial possession in the early stages and it was no surprise when Ratcliffe added to his personal points tally with a penalty in the 12th minute for a 10-0 lead.

The Seasiders seemed to be in control with half-backs Ratcliffe and Wakeham running the show; however a rare incursion into visiting territory wide on the YM right saw the ball moved infield by YMCA right wing Will Burns-Smith for centre Gavin Stead to power over and convert his own effort to reduce the arrears at 7-10 in the 22nd minute.

Undeterred Scarborough kept up the pressure and camped in the home half; however when Ratcliffe put a towering kick into the YM 22 it was superbly fielded metres from his own line by Burns-Smith who scampered downfield leaving a trail of would-be Scarborough tacklers in his wake; he was eventually caught by visiting centre Aaron Wilson who effected a tap tackle just inside the Scarborough 22 but Smith offloaded to Stead who crossed and added the extras for a 14-10 Huddersfield lead somewhat against the run of play in the 33rd minute.

Having lost No8 Ben Martin injured in the second quarter Scarborough had to re-shuffle their pack with Billy Parker usually a centre, coming on in the back row and from there on in, the forwards were re-shuffled with replacement prop Sam Peate and Will Leah joining Parker. Chris Purdy who turned in a powerful performance in the second and back rows was outstanding.

A searing break by winger Jonty Holloway almost regained the lead for the visitors but following a ruck on the YM line, Ratcliffe slipped the ball inside to centre Angus Frend who went in between the uprights. Ratcliff converted for a 17-14 Scarborough lead.

With half-time beckoning; Aaron Wilson broke from deep into Huddersfield territory and from a consequent ruck on the home line the livewire Wakeham released prop Nino Cutino to power over on the stroke of half-time; Ratcliffe converted for a 24-14 lead at the break.

 The punishing conditions sapped the energy of both sides who did exceedingly well to produce such an entertaining game and consequently the only scores in the third quarter was an exchange of penalties between Stead and Ratcliffe in the 45th and 53rd minutes and Scarborough led 27-17 going into the fourth quarter of the game.

Scarborough turned the screw and camped in the Huddersfield 22 looking for a fourth bonus-point-earning try and were rewarded in the 74th minute when Parker rounded off his outstanding contribution by barging over to the left of the uprights for 32-17. Ratcliffe missed the conversion but added an injury-time penalty for a well-deserved 35-17 win.

CAMPBELL’S COMMENT

Starting with an already re-shuffled pack minus prop Matty Jones, lock Luke Brown and skipper Drew Govier Scarborough had to cope with the further disruption of Ben Martin’s first half departure with injury and they coped admirably well in atrocious conditions with Purdy outstanding. Halfbacks Ratcliffe and Wakeham ran the show with cohesion and assurance.

MAN OF THE MATCH: TOM RATCLIFFE

With outstanding contributions all over the paddock there were plenty of candidates for man of the match, including Jordy Wakeham, Chris Purdy. Aaron Wilson and Billy Parker; however Tom Ratcliffe was in the thick of things throughout and his tally of twenty points made a huge contribution to a terrific team performance.

SCARBOROUGH: HOCKING MARSHALL FREND WILSON JONTY HOLLOWAY RATCLIFFE(CAPT) WAKEHAM CUTINO SMYTH NELLIST WATSON PURDY JORDAN HOLLOWAY E.GOVIER MARTIN SUBSTITUTES: PEAT LEAH PARKER (ALL USED)

Scarborough RUFC take on Moortown at Silver Royd tomorrow DAVE CAMPBELL PREVIEWS

4 Oct

2019-09-22 DREW AND JORDI V PERCY PARK

SKIPPER DREW GOVIER RETURNS TO ACTION TOMORROW

Next up at Silver Royd in North One East tomorrow are Moortown RUFC. The Alwoodley-based club were promoted from Yorkshire One as champions at the end of last season and have made a solid start to their first season at level six. They opened their league account with a 26-17 win at Pocklington on the first day of the season and followed a week later with with the 52-24 home demolition of Malton and Norton; a week later they got a touch of their own medicine going down 54-7 at Bradford and Bingley. Last Saturday they drew 22-22 with Cleckheaton at home.

Today’s game is Scarborough’ second home game of the season; they opened their account with a narrow 29-32 defeat at Cleckheaton; however they did earn two bonus points. Skipper Drew Govier’s men have been undefeated since then, winning 26-20 at Kendal and 48-33 in their first home game against Percy Park. Last week a depleted Scarborough side missing flanker Drew Govier, prop Matty Jones, and influential lock Luke Brown came away with a 35-27 victory from Huddersfield YMCA to move into third place in the league; however talented young No8 Ben Martin was concussed in the first half of the game and will not play today.

All three of last week’s absentees return for this afternoon’s game, Drew Govier at No8 for Ben Martin, Matty Jones in the front row and Luke Brown who teams up with veteran lock Phil Watson in the second row. Joe Nellist, Will Leah and Billy Parker whose second half try last week earned the bonus point, are on the bench.

The last time today’s protaganists met at Silver Royd was on the 7th of  April last year when Scarborough won a ten-try Yorkshire One thriller 40-31.  Elsewhere, the Vikings are on the road at Beverley with the Danesmen enteraining Hull University at Silver Royd. All three games kick-off at 3pm.

Read my Scarborough RUFC column in October’s SCARBOROUGH REVIEW free in a supermarket near you!

1 Oct

The result of Huddersfield YMCA v Scarborough was not available but the men from Silver Royd had a resounding 35-17 win.

Scarborough in action at Huddersfield YMCA last Saturday

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