From The Touchline: Lowde’s men earn much-needed win

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Scarborough bounced back from a run of three defeats with a powerful performance to run in five tries in a 31-13 victory over visitors Dinnington in freezing conditions at Silver Royd last Saturday.

Injuries and illness prevented Chris Purdy, Luke Raines and Charlie Hoggard taking part and a reshuffled side saw Nino Cutino, Tom Fish and Rob Sutton deputize and Matty Young, Craig Farrell and coach Jason Lowde on the bench.

The Seasiders delighted a meagre turnout with some fluent rugby and their bonus point win moved them up to sixth in Yorkshire One.

Next up for the men from Silver Royd is the trip to Old Brodleians on Saturday; based in Hipperholme near Halifax, ‘Brods’ are third bottom of the league and last week won their first league game since they disposed of Bridlington 22-12 on December 8.

Last week they gained revenge for a 25-19 home defeat by Heath by sinking their west Yorkshire neighbours 21-20; their second win on the road.

Scarborough will look to avenge a surprise 15-10 defeat in the corresponding game at Silver Royd in October when they fought back from a 0-15 deficit to battle out the fourth quarter of the game 10-15 behind thanks to a Corey Dennis try converted by Tom Ratcliffe and a Tom Harrison penalty.

Scarborough laid siege to the Old Brods’ line in the closing stages of the game but doughty defence and a less than composed effort from the home side saw the visitors hold on for their third win of the season.

If coach Jason Lowde’s charges can play with the skill and aggression they showed last week then revenge and a third league win on the road could be on the cards.

Last week 242 hardy souls turned up at a windswept and freezing Silver Royd and were rewarded with a rousing performance from Scarborough.

The powers that be at the club were worried by the size of the crowd which was less than half of the 529 spectators who turned up the week before for the 30-25 defeat by North Ribblesdale.

Was it the weather, the Six Nations games on TV or the disappointment at the home side’s reverse seven days before?

The attendance was the lowest for a league game since the complex opened on January 31 2009. I tend to think it was a combination of all three factors.

However if the Scarborough faithful are becoming fickle let’s not forget that while a great five-try win doesn’t make a team world beaters; one poor effort doesn’t turn a team into no-hopers; keep the faith.

Last weekend’s games in the RBS Six Nations Championships didn’t really live up to most people’s expectations but nevertheless lived up to the competition’s ‘curates egg’ reputation. Wales returned to winning ways with a 26-9 win over Italy in Rome; a turgid affair played in a torrential downpour in the Olympic stadium could surely only have gladdened Welsh hearts.

England struggled for long periods in their game with France at Twickenham and clinched victory and a continuing interest in the Grand Slam with a controversial Manu Tuilagi try awarded by South African referee Craig Joubert who didn’t have one of his better days. Stuart Lancaster’s men won ugly, as they say and just about deserved their 23-13 win. On Sunday Ireland threw everything but the proverbial kitchen sink at a seemingly overwhelmed Scottish side and only led 3-0 at the end of a half in which they totally dominated possession and territory. A try just after half-time by Craig Gilroy appeared to have opened the floodgates for Declan Kidney’s side but the Scots had other ideas and four Greg Laidlaw penalty goals secured an unlikely win for the Scots.

The Irish will still be wondering how they managed to lose a game they should have won by a country mile.

Scarlets’ wing sensation George North will have been relieved that father David, who ran onto the pitch after his try for Wales in the 16-6 win in Paris was nowhere to be seen near the pitch in the Olympic Stadium in Rome.

David North a former student at Scarborough Sixth Form College was a Scarborough Colt in the mid-70s and played with several local players such as Andrew Pindar, Darrell Conlin and Alf Hopkins.

Let’s hope that Mr North, whose dad was a well known police sergeant in Scarborough, supports his famous offspring from the stands in future.