Derby day for Scarborough

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Malton are Saturday’s visitors at Silver Royd for Scarborough RUFC’s third local derby of the year.

Having been relegated from North One East at the end of last season the men from the Gannock have made a good start to this campaign.

Although they went down narrowly to Doncaster Phoenix 15-11 in the opening game of the season, they have risen to second in the table with wins over Hullensians, Heath, North Ribblesdale, Old Brods and last week Pontefract (32-26).

The only blip being a 43-13 defeat at Middlesborough on the September 27.

Starting the season with wins over Selby and Wath, Scarborough’s form has waned and their only other success was the 24-17 win at Dukes Park three weeks ago.

Last week an exciting if somewhat unstructured game at Hullensians saw the home side hold on for a 28-24 win. Tries from man of the match Harry Domett and Joe Marshall plus a superb kicking display from Tomasz Chadwick kept the men from Silver Royd in the game but the Humbersiders held on for what in the end was a deserved win.

Skipper Tom Ratcliffe missed the game with flu and Hayden Ogilvie started on the bench following a Friday evening college game.

For tomorrow’s game coach Lee Douglas has made several changes to the side due to a couple of players returning from injury and one on county duty.

Up front Matty Else starts at five while Mikey Readman is in the Vikings. In the threes Tom Ratcliffe and Graeme Jeffrey return from injury at centre and wing respectively.

Matty Young doesn’t play this week and Joe Marshall is on Yorkshire duty at Darlington against Cheshire on Sunday.

Elsewhere Phil Stewart plays for the Vikings and Matty Oxtoby is on the bench.

So just about the strongest side possible for this game; however, what has happened to Cory Dennis?

A class player, the student who plays full-back or wing was in glorious form at the start of the season having returned from Singapore.

Following a couple of weeks on the bench, he was missing altogether at Hullensians.

A club spokesman informed me that he was taking a break from rugby. If there is a problem keeping such a talented player off the paddock I hope it’s soon resolved - his club needs him.