Injury-hit Scarborough look for Christmas cheer with victory over Bradford & Bingley at Silver Royd DAVE CAMPBELL PREVIEWS

14 Dec

2019-12-08 aaron scores against malton away

AARON WILSON SCORES AT MALTON LAST WEEK  Photograph JENNY BROWN WOOD

Over two seasons of practically unbridled success has seen Coach Simon Smith and his charges looked upon relatively kindly by the gods of match fitness. Apart from a long serious injury to Tom Harrison incurred on the opening game of last season at Bradford & Bingley, the Seasiders have had a fairly settled side whilst being promoted from Yorkshire One, winning the Yorkshire Shield and reaching the play-off in their first season in North One East.

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BENNY BLACKALL (LEFT) and VIA TUILAGI

This season has been a completely different kettle of fish with a mounting serious injury-list which has seen players vital to the club’s success at level six injured for extended periods of time. Starting the season missing outstanding players who had moved on, new skipper Drew Govier’s men including new YDO Stuart Smyth, Aussie Angus Frend and Kiwi Henry Hocking climbed to top the table a month ago. Since then new recruits Benny Blackall and Via Tuilagi were seriously injured in their debut games whilst outstanding young players Ben Martin and Aaron Wilson have been missing from action due to concussion protocols; experienced forwards Nino Cutino and Phil Watson have also been sidelined and were joined by both Govier brothers Drew and Euan last week.

Scarborough now sits fourth in North One East despite their injury woes and although they are on a losing streak of three games for the first time since Smith took over, they gained three bonus points from them.

This afternoon’s visitors to Silver Royd are Bradford and Bingley who sit in mid-table with thirty points having lost three of their last four games; last week they were on the wrong end of an 18-12 score line at home to fifth placed Cleckheaton.

Having trailed 12-24 to Malton at half-time at the Gannock last week, Scarborough fought-back to level the scores at 24-24 late in the game only to be floored by a late try which gave the home side a 31-24 win. For tomorrow’s game Angus Frend comes in for Tuilagi who dislocated his shoulder last week with Billy Parker joining him in the centre and Jack Anderson on the wing. Up front  Tom Read starts in the second row with Will Leah at blind-side flanker, Drew Govier returns from injury at open-side and Aaron Wilson at No8. Nino Cutino, Sam Pollock and Lewis Cowlishaw will undergo fitness tests before the game and may join Jordan Holloway and Henry Hocking on the bench.

In Thursday’s SCARBOROUGH NEWS , Simon Smith finished off his column looking for a performance full of grit and determination to pick up a win which would represent an excellent first half of the season and a great 2019 on the whole. Have no fears Simon; it HAS been an excellent first half of the season AND UNDOUBTEDLY a great 2019!

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