From The Touchline: Readman and Hogg back for York trip

SRUFC preview by Dave Campbell
SRUFC preview by Dave Campbell

Scarborough travel to York on Saturday looking to continue the run of good form which sees them challenging for promotion from Yorkshire One.

Last week they had a real battle on their hands at Hullensians where it took an injury-time try from Ben Martin to clinch a narrow 15-8 win.

The home side took an early 5-0 lead but a Matty Jones try converted by Tom Harrison who added a further penalty saw the Seasiders lead 10-5 at the break.

An attritional second half saw the Humbersiders shave the lead to a couple of points with a penalty goal; a real end-to-end final quarter saw Martin snatch the late winner of a dour encounter.

They say ‘a win is a win’ but Lee Douglas’s men will have to improve if they are to come away from Clifton Park with the points on Saturday.

The Seasiders will be looking for a repeat of the result from the first home game of the season when they came out of a hard-fought game on the right side of a 20-17 scoreline.

Graham Hogg and Mikey Readman return to action for this one and young Joe Holliday who made a promising start on the wing at Hull, is also in the squad.

Scrum-half Jordan Wakeham, who left the field injured last week and returned to supply the pass for Ben Martin’s try, is surprisingly in the 18.

The Vikings don’t have a game this weekend, but the Norsemen are in action under floodlights tonight at Pocklington; kick-off 7.30pm.

On Sunday the Valkyries take on Bishop Auckland ladies at Silver Royd at 2pm.

The Scarborough women, who beat ‘Bishop’ 13-12 on the road in their first game of the season, will be full of confidence following their 27-6 win at West Park Leeds II last week.