Archive | November, 2019

Scarborough RUFC lose local derby with Pocklington 21-12 at Silver Royd this afternoon

23 Nov

Jordi Wakeham scores Scarborough’s first try against Pocklington PHOTOGRAPH BY JENNY BROWN WOOD

Scarborough played with the southerly breeze in the first half of a game dominated by defences in soggy, rainy conditions at Silver Royd this afternoon.

The Seasiders’ pack was shoved off the first scrum of the afternoon conceding a penalty and struggled thereafter in this facet of the game. However they took the lead early in the game when scrum half Jordi Wakeham charged down a clearance and followed up to score wide on the right. Fly-half Tom Ratcliffe added the extras from the touch line.


Thanks to their cohesive front five Pocklington dominated possession in the second quarter. Terrific Scarborough defence kept their line intact with a penalty from fly half Christian Pollock being the  visitors’ only first half score.

Pocklington dominated possession from the restart and took the lead with a try from No8 Marcus Britland in the 52nd minute converted by Pollock for a 10-7 lead.

Pock stretched their lead to 16-7 going into the last ten minutes with a further two penalties from Pollock.

Scarborough got right back into the game with a try from debutant Komiti ‘Via’ Tuilagi to reduce the arrears to 12-16 with four minutes to go but after having the put-in at a scrum in their own 22 they lost control and Britland crossed to seal a 21-12 win.

Via Tuilagi scores on debut PHOTOGRAPH: JENNY BROWN WOOD

Coach Simon Smith’s men defended well without the ball throughout a game played in difficult conditions and stuck to their task. However Pocklington had the Lion’s share of possession and deserved their first away win of the season.


Jess Bray bags hat-trick in Valkryies’ 74-22 defeat of Northallerton DAVE CAMPBELL REPORTS

20 Nov


The Valkyries continued their good start to the season with a massive 74-22 win over Northallerton at Silver Royd last Sunday.

The Scarborough women ran in eight first half tries with Sam Knight, Jess Bray(2), Kitti Rudall, Sam Lewis, Mel Gerachty-Shewan, Casey Hoath and Sophia Topham touching down; Topham converted five for a 50-7 half-time lead.

Lewis and Shewan added a try apiece after the break with Jessie Brookman also touching down whilst Jess Bray completed her hat-trick;  Jen Arnell converted two. Northallerton ran in three second half tries in a spirited repost.

League-leaders Scarborough RUFC look to bounce back against Pocklington on Saturday PREVIEW BY DAVE CAMPBELL

20 Nov

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Following last week’s narrow 9-15 defeat at Morley, Scarborough will look to bounce back as they take on Pocklington in North One East at Silver Royd on Saturday.

Pocklington lost their first four fixtures of the season against Moortown and York at home and West Hartlepool and Durham City on the road. They recorded their first win beating Driffield 27-25 at their Percy Road HQ on the 5th of October but that was followed with defeats by Morley and Kendal. November started with the 23-14 home defeat of Malton but that was followed with a 20-27 reverse at Bradford and Bingley.  Last week they beat Cleckheaton 27-12 at home.

Last Saturday a sluggish Scarborough performance saw their opponents Morley run in three first half tries on a boggy surface at Scratchered Lane. However three penalty goals from Tom Ratcliffe kept the visitors in the hunt but Morley’s defence was resolute and they ran out 15-9 winners. However Scarborough earned a losing bonus point which kept them top of North One East. Last season Scarborough won 36-29 at Pocklington in October with ‘Pock’ getting revenge with a 25-7 win at Silver Royd

Coach Simon Smith has made only one change from last week’s starting line-up, Jack Anderson coming in on the wing for Joe Marshall who plays for the Vikings at Hornsea. Sam Pollock is front row replacement on the bench with Jordan Holloway and Komiti Tuilagi who is backs replacement. Elsewhere Henry Hocking returns from injury with the Vikings as does Tom Harrison. The Danesmen are in action at Pocklington; all games kick-off at 2.15pm.



Scarborough RUFC remain top of North One East after narrow defeat at Morley

16 Nov

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A close-fought encounter at Morley’s Scratcherd Lane this afternoon saw league-leaders Scarborough battle-back from conceding three first half tries to come up just short at 9-15 in a hard-fought second half and lose on the road for the second time this season.

Scarborough made the ideal start with a 3rd minute penalty from fly-half Tom Ratcliffe to lead 3-0. The visitors’ advantage was short-lived and an unconverted try nudged the Leeds-based outfit a 5-3 ahead in the 6th minute. Morley continued to turn the screw and only determined Scarborough defence held them at bay.

Scarborough lock Luke Brown was yellow-carded in the 26th minute and it took only two minutes for the home side to cash in on their numerical advantage as they went over for an unconverted try to stretch their lead to 10-3.

Morley continued to press and drove over from a catch-and-drive for 15-3 in the 35th minute; however the Seasiders had the last word of the half when Ratcliffe struck a penalty from within the Morley 22 to reduce the arrears to 15-6 at the break.

Morley made a positive start to the second half and looked as if they’d stretch their lead; however great defence by the visitors maintained the status quo before Ratcliffe’s boot once more reduced the arrears at 15-9 in the 55th minute.

Trailing by only six points the Seasiders pressed for most of an absorbing second half but Morley defended as if their lives depended upon it and held out for a deserved 15-9 win. If my statistics are correct this was the first game in which Scarborough have failed to score a try since Simon Smith took charge in season 2017-2018.





14 Nov

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Benny Blackall  picture: DAVE CAMPBELL


Players from both sides were shocked and sickened when Scarborough prop Benny Blackall sustained a horrific injury just before half-time in the Top of the table derby between Scarborough and Driffield at Silver Royd last Saturday.

The visitors were leading 13-7 at the time and the game was held up for about an hour until the young Aussie was taken to hospital. When the game was restarted flanker Euan Govier broke away and released his brother Drew who sprinted over; fly-half Tom Ratcliffe added the extras for a narrow 14-13 Scarborough lead.

Driffield regained the lead at 14-16 with a penalty before Scarborough scrum half Jordan Wakeham darted over to regain the lead at 19-16. A Tom Ratcliffe penalty followed by a superb drop goal stretched the lead to 25-16 before a late try from hooker Stuart Smyth converted by Ratcliffe sealed a 32-16 bonus-point win. Jonty Holloway scored and Tom Ratcliffe converted Scarborough’s first half try.


I’ve visited Benny in hospital a couple of times this week and considering his nasty injury he is in good spirits and hopes to be discharged this week.



Last week’s proceedings were traumatic for all concerned but the boys have been working hard in training this week before Saturday’s trip to Morley. Last season the Seasiders beat Morley 50-17 at Silver Royd in November. However when they travelled to Morley late in the season the home side raced to a 26-0 lead in as many minutes. A terrific fight-back saw Scarborough take the game to Morley; however they had lock Cade Robinson red-carded in the second half and eventually lost the game 31-39 gaining a penalty bonus point for scoring fIve tries. Morley have had a good start to the season and currently are sixth in the table; last week they won 14-10 on the road at Cleckheaton.

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Coach Simon Smith has made only one change from last week’s starting line-up against Driffield; Phil Watson starts at lock replacing Will Leah who is on the bench with Jack and Tom Anderson. DONT FORGET THE GAME AT MORLEY KICKS OFF AT 3pm.




Top of the table clash at Silver Royd this afternoon. Dave Campbell previews SCARBOROUGH -v-DRIFFIELD

9 Nov

Aaron Wilson returns against Driffield this afternoon

Photograph: Andy Standing

Scarborough RUFC returns to league action this afternoon against Driffield looking to bounce back from last Saturday’s 10-31 defeat in the Yorkshire Shield at Silver Royd.

The Seasiders show several changes from last week’s injury-hit squad; in the backs Aaron Wilson, missing three weeks with concussion, returns to play on the wing, Billy Parker returns from injury at inside centre with Tom Ratcliffe moving back to his usual berth at fly half. Jonty Holloway continues at fullback for the injured Henry Hocking.
Up front Matty Jones plays at loose head prop, last week’s man of the match Luke Brown is back in familiar territory in the second row whilst Euan Govier and Chris Purdy return to the back row Benny Blackall, Jordan Holloway and Jack Anderson are on the bench.
Last season honours were even in North One East with both sides winning on the road; Driffield 42-26 at Silver Royd and Scarborough 27-22 at Kelleythorpe.
On their last league outing Driffield lost 28-37 to visitors Cleckheaton at Kelleythorpe whilst Scarborough won 14-13 at Durham City to nudge Driffield out of top spot in North One East.

Don’t forget kick off is at 2.15pm

Malton & Norton progress in the Yorkshire Shield with 31-10 win at Scarborough.

3 Nov

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Scarborough’s Luke Brown wins a lineout in the SCARBOROUGH-MALTON game yesterday.

PHOTOGRAPH: Jenny Brown Wood 

Injury-hit Scarborough whose last appearance in the Yorkshire Challenge Shield was a win in the final 17 months ago, limped out of the competition at the first time of asking yesterday brushed aside by Malton and Norton who ran in five tries in a 31-10 win at Silver Royd.

The men from the Gannock crossed twice in the opening quarter to lead 12-0 before a terrific try from in-form Scarborough wing Jonty Holloway playing at fullback reduced the arrears at 5-12. However Malton bounced back with another converted try to lead to 19-5 at the break.

The visitors were reduced to fourteen men when flanker Matt Bowman was yellow carded in the 49th minute before the Seasiders reduced the arrears to 10-19 with an unconverted try from wing Jack Anderson in the corner in the 63rd minute.

A converted try by wing Jack Bulmer stretched the visitors’ lead to 26-10 late in the game before an injury-time touchdown from No8 and skipper Sam Triffitt saw his side to a well-deserved 31-10 win and progress to the next round of the competition.

Read the latest on Scarborough RUFC in November’s Scarborough Review!

3 Nov

My FROM THE TOUCHLINE column in this month’s SCARBOROUGH REVIEW free at a supermarket near you!

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