Dave Campbell’s From The Touchline column - Seasiders back on the road

Tom Harrison scored a hat-trick of tries in the defeat of Knottingley
Tom Harrison scored a hat-trick of tries in the defeat of Knottingley
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Sports fans can be so fickle; at times it really amazes me, last week Scarborough scored eight tries in the 48-11 defeat of visitors Knottingley at Silver Royd earning a bonus point and ending a run of three successive defeats.

People on the whole were in a pretty good mood as they packed into the clubhouse for an après rugby drink.

However, there were still the Job’s Comforters who sidled up to me in the bar remarking, “They made really hard work of that!” Three tries in a first half when they hardly got of second gear then five in the second 40 minutes when they certainly did. What do some people want?

Scarborough’s Head Coach Jason Lowde told me a couple of weeks ago that it was only a handful of games into a minimum two year plan and the ‘project’ was a work in progress; I’ll settle for that.

Saturday sees the Seasiders back on the road again, this time they make the 215-mile round trip to take on Settle-based side North Ribblesdale who have been blowing hot and cold this season.

They opened their account with the 41-14 home thrashing of Knottingley, followed by a good win at Old Brods, who were relegated from North One at the end of last season.

However they suffered surprising home defeats by Barnsley and Pontefract and a 47-5 reverse at York before bouncing back to win 21-16 at Brid a couple of weeks ago.

Last Saturday they recorded their first home win since the opening day of the season beating Dinnington 28-22.

Last season’s trip to ‘North Ribb’ produced an eventful day starting with four players in one car involved in a shunt accident on the journey north and ending with a 28-27 defeat in a game the players think they should have won. They did gain revenge with a 25-7 victory at Silver Royd later in the campaign but I’m sure Phil Watson and his men will look to avenge that loss on the road.

As always this is written before the Scarborough side is picked but leading points scorer Tom Ratcliffe should be available this week. Selection details can be found online at www.scarboroughrugby.co.uk or www.campbellrugby.com.

A coach leaves Silver Royd on Saturday morning with times and availability to be found on those websites or ring Scarborough RUFC on 357740.

The first round of games in this season’s Heineken European Cup kicked off last weekend with no great surprises; wins for Ulster, 41-17 against Castres on Friday evening, Racing Metro at home to Munster (22-17) on Saturday and Sale’s stirring comeback against Cardiff Blues overturning a 24-12 half-time deficit to win 34-33 on Sunday were the highlights.

But Exeter, who had been playing the likes of Cornish Pirates and Bedford only a couple of seasons ago, turned in the performance of the weekend against holders Leinster before going down 9-6. Argentinean Ignacio Mieres missed an injury-time penalty as the Chiefs came close to grabbing a deserved draw at the RDS stadium in Dublin.

Highlights of the second round of games this coming weekend should be tomorrow evening’s clash between Glasgow and Ulster, Saracens at Racing Metro and Exeter-Clermont on Saturday and Leicester at home to Osprey’s on Sunday. You can follow the Heineken Cup live on the big screens at the JM Guthrie this weekend.

And finally, on one of my visits to North Ribblesdale’s Grove Park ground, a group of us turned up at the club and found a notice on the gates at the entrance informing would-be spectators that ‘Anyone found throwing our meat pies at players or officials will be ejected from the ground.’

A wall of silence met my efforts to uncover details of the incident that led to the posting of the notice but it was either unsubtle criticism of the standard of rugby by the local fans or an oblique reference to the quality of the said meat pies.

Either way; I urge any travelling Scarborough supporters to go steady on the local savoury snacks.