Fresh Coffey injury blow hits Scarborough ahead of Old Brods clash

Ant Coffey suffered an injury in his return to action

Ant Coffey suffered an injury in his return to action

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Scarborough snatched a late 29-29 draw at strugglers Yarnbury last week.

They thought they had begun to turn the corner as far as injuries are concerned, only to have returnee Anthony Coffey injure a collarbone in his first game for months, so he will be missing from Saturday’s line-up at Old Brodleians after that brief appearance.

Also missing from the squad is second row Mikey Readman, who suffered an eye injury at Yarnbury and Toby Welsby who is unavailable.

With Tom Harrison still injured and Tomasz Chadwick playing at centre, Phil Stewart makes a rare first team appearance at fly-half.

Coach Lee Douglas has named only 17 players with an 18th to be announced.

Old Brodleians are having a mixed season and sit mid-table in Yorkshire One; the Halifax-based outfit have yet to win this year having lost at North Ribblesdale and Malton on the road.

However, their last home outing saw them inflict a rare 17-8 defeat on third-placed Bridlington on the Saturday before Christmas.

When Scarborough and Brods met earlier in the season they fought out an entertaining 31-31 draw at Silver Royd.

They came from behind to snatch the draw but highlights of the afternoon were try hat-tricks from Tom Ratcliffe for the home side and Samoan number eight Simanu Tusinga for Brods.

Both play on Saturday so it could be another high-scoring bonanza.

Also at the weekend the Vikings entertain Beverley at Silver Royd on Saturday with a possible 3rd XV game in the offing against Pocklington.

Sunday sees the Valkyries also in action at home with Bishop Auckland Ladies their opponents. Kick-off 2pm.