Archive | January, 2020

Scarborough RUFC travel to Leeds tomorrow for North One league clash with Moortown.

31 Jan

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Scarborough RUFC are on the road tomorrow as they take on Moortown in North One East. The Leeds-based outfit, who were promoted from Yorkshire One at the end of last season currently sit in 5th place in the table one above the men from Silver Royd.

The clubs had contrasting fortunes in their last league outings two weeks ago, Moortown going down 31-17 at second-placed Cleckheaton whilst Scarborough ran in eight tries in the 50-10 demolition of bottom club Huddersfield YMCA.

For tomorrow’s game Coach Simon Smith makes two changes from the winning line-up against Huddersfield, Sam Jackson comes in for the injured Jack Anderson and Aaron Wilson starts at No8. When the teams met earlier in the season Scarborough ran out 22-14 winners at Silver Roy in October thanks to tries from Stuart Smyth (2) and Henry Hocking; Tom Ratcliffe converted two and kicked a penalty.

Elsewhere tomorrow the Vikings entertain Beverley 3rds at Silver Royd whilst the Danesmen travel to Humberside to take on Hull University. The first round of Six Nations fixtures will be shown in the clubhouse tomorrow and Sunday.

Scarborough RUFC end poor run with eight try defeat of Huddersfield YMCA.

18 Jan

Jordi Wakeham scored a hat-trick of tries against HUDDERSFIELD YMCA this afternoon

Photographs : ANDY STANDING

Injury-hit Scarborough returned to form from following recent disappointments running in eight tries including a hat-trick from scrum-half Jordi Wakeham who was in explosive form against bottom club Huddersfield YMCA.

Scarborough’s abrasive pack dominated at scrum time from the start and they surged ahead with a couple of well-worked tries (one converted by fly-half Tom Ratcliffe) to lead 12-0.  As the Seasiders dominated, winger Jonty Holloway and Ratcliffe added tries to stretch the lead to 24-0. YM recorded their first touchdown of the game on the stroke of halftime when centre Sam Fletcher intercepted a loose Scarborough pass deep in his own half and ran  the length of the field to touch down.  The visitors failed to convert and Scarborough led 24-5 at the break.

Scarborough continued to press after the break and when they gained possession on the Huddersfield ten metre line, winger Jack Anderson powerfully threaded his way through the visiting defence and cut in to score underneath the posts;  Wakeham converted for  31-5.

In a rare incursion into the Scarborough half, a YM penalty was adjudged to have gone into touch in-goal by touch judge Dave Coates; however referee Jeff Hudson standing 30 yards away judged the ball had gone into touch short of the corner flag and awarded a lineout to YM. From the throw the second row Jacob Priestley  crossed from the catch-and-drive to reduce the arrears at 10-31.


Scarborough looked the fitter of the sides in the closing stages of the game; Wakeham completed his Hat-trick, Ratcliffe scored his second and livewire centre Aaron Wilson also crossed. Wakeham sealed his man of the match performance converting a total of four tries.





16 Jan



Scarborough RUFC take on bottom club Huddersfield YMCA at Silver Royd on Saturday looking to get back on track following a mid-season slump in form.

‘YM’ were deducted 33 points at the start of the season when the Huddersfield YMCA parent club went into liquidation following a six figure tax bill from HMRC. They have lost all fifteen of their league games this season but have picked up recently with the return of some of their players who had been playing Rugby League with Hunslet Hawks; last week they gave second-placed Cleckheaton a run for their money but were on the wrong end of a 27-15 score-line. 

Last Saturday Scarborough turned in an improved performance in a gale-force wind at Percy Park.  A tight defensive display into the wind in the first half was undone by the conditions gifting the home side a couple of fortuitous tries for a 14-0 lead at the break.  A  blocked Tom Ratcliffe grubber just outside the Park 22 bounced into the hands of home centre Ali Blair who ran almost the length of the paddock to score early in the second half. Tries From Angus Frend and Tom Harrison, both converted by Ratcliffe kept the visitors in the hunt; however they came either side of a well-worked home try and the hosts went on to win 26-14. This fighting performance in which the rub of the green never came their way will have given the Scarborough camp heart for the battles to come.

Coach Simon Smith still has his injury worries but is able to pick a strong line-up which includes Phil Watson who was unavailable last week. In the corresponding game at the start of the season Scarborough ran out convincing 35-14 winners thanks to tries from Tom Ratcliffe, Angus Frend and Nino Cutino, all of whom start on Saturday.

The Vikings are on the road on Saturday as they travel to Humberside to take on BP CHEMICALS; the Danesmen are at home on Saturday with their opponents yet to be confirmed. All three games kick-off at 2.15pm.



Scarborough RUFC beaten on the road at Percy Park

14 Jan

Tom Harrison scores Scarborough’s second try

Photograph:Jenny Brown Wood

Injury-hit Scarborough’s run of poor results continued with defeat at a windswept Percy Park last Saturday.

Playing into a gale force wind the Seasiders trailed 0-14 at the break and looked to harness the elements in the second half; however the men from North Shields were first on the scoreboard after the break when a Scarborough attack broke down.

The travelling support was given hope by two excellent tries, the first from centre Angus Frend and the second from fullback Tom Harrison who powered over following a sublime delayed pass from flyhalf Tom Ratcliffe but ‘Park’ ran out deserved 26-14 winners of an entertaining encounter despite the conditions.

Scarborough RUFC back on the road as they travel to Tyneside to take on Percy Park – DAVE CAMPBELL PREVIEWS

9 Jan


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Photograph: Jenny Brown Wood

Scarborough RUFC are on their travels once more on Saturday when they play Percy Park RFC at North Shields.

The Seasiders will look to bounce back from recent disappointments against a side they beat 48-31 in their first home game of the season back in September and are playing under their new Coach Ash Smith for the first time; his predecessor Lawrence Patton having returned to Newcastle Falcons. Smith who played in last week’s 47-14 defeat at Cleckheaton will be assisted by Michael Langlands and Andy Dunn who played in the 48-31 game in September.

On their last visit to Percy Park last season (December 2018); Simon Smith’s charges fought back from a 13-23 deficit late in the game to grab a draw with an Aaron Wilson try converted by Tom Ratcliffe who added an injury-time penalty.

The Seasiders have made a few changes from the side pipped at the post in injury time with a late try by visitors Kendal to lose 24-27 last week. They did however pick up a couple of losing bonus points and should travel in confident mood as they are unbeaten against the Geordies in this league.


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The team and supporters will meet at Silver Royd at 0945am for the coach journey to North Shields.

Saturday’s NORTH ONE EAST fixtures

Also on Saturday the Vikings entertain Hullensians at Silver Royd in the Merit Table; kick-off 2.15pm.

Read the latest news from Scarborough RUFC in January’s SCARBOROUGH REVIEW.

5 Jan

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Scarborough beaten by late-late try at Silver Royd!

5 Jan


Scarborough bounced back from a shaky start in which they conceded a couple of early tries to trail 0-12 after 15 minutes to lead 24-20 going into injury time in their league clash with Kendal at Silver Royd. However an injury-time touchdown from the Cumbrians snatched a bonus-point win at the death.

Kendal stunned the Scarborough faithful with tries in the 3rd and 15th minutes but the Seasiders girded their loins and came storming back with tries from centre Henry Hocking in the 17th minute converted by fly half Tom Ratcliffe and a close range efforts from a driving maul five minutes later to tie the scores at 12-12.

That parity was short lived and the visitors grabbed the lead when a defensive Scarborough clearance was charged down and Kendal wing Nick Carlton won the chase to touch down for a 17-12 lead.

Photograph: Jenny Brown Wood

Scarborough heads never went down and from a scrum wide left in the Kendal 22, scrum-half Jordy Wakeham whipped the ball infield and centre Billy Parker powered over to tie the scores at 17-17. Ratcliffe failed to convert; however Scarborough infringed from the restart and Kendal skipper Glen Weightman kicked his side to a 20-17 half time lead.

Scarborough looked the likelier side to score after the break and they took the lead for the first time in the game in the 50th minute with a try from fullback Tom Harrison converted by Ratcliffe for a 24-20 lead,

Scarborough had several fourth quarter chances to stretch their lead but it wasn’t to be before Weightman did his injury-time Dick Turpin impression snatching victory with his try and conversion.

The Seasiders deserve credit for a fight back from a poor start and earned two bonus points but the rub of the green wasn’t in their favour on the day and Kendal just about deserved their win.

NORTH ONE EAST (WEF 1800 4th January 2020)


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