From The Touchline: Tough test for Scarborough

Dave Campbell previews the weekend action
Dave Campbell previews the weekend action

Last Saturday’s Yorkshire One game against visitors North Ribblesdale ended in disappointment when referee Kevin Weston sustained a calf injury five minutes into the second half and the game was abandoned.

The afternoon had started so well for Scarborough who ran in a couple of tries from Mikey Readman and Tom Ratcliffe both converted by Graham Hogg in the first 10 minutes of the game to lead 14-0. However it was all to no avail and the game will have to be replayed.

The Seasiders are on the road this week with Halifax-based Old Brodleans their opponents. Brods currently sit fourth in the league having lost only two games so far this season.

Last week their game at Heath was abandoned when one of their players sustained a neck injury and couldn’t be moved.

The game was moved to an adjacent pitch and was abandoned again because of dangerous debris on the pitch from Bonfire Night.

Brods and Scarborough have had an unusual run of results over the last few seasons with the west Yorkshiremen winning at Silver Royd in the last three seasons and Scarborough successful at Brods over the same period of time.

Last season the Seasiders turned in a gritty performance to win 18-5 in sometimes blizzard conditions at Brods’ Hipperholme ground.

Number-eight Isaac Faamau who suffered a back injury at Keighley and missed last week’s North Ribblesdale game is still sidelined and young players Ben Martin, Drew Govier and Aaron Wilson continue in the pack alongside feisty back row Richard Scales; prop Alessandro Zavatti is also included in the squad.

And it’s 100% home action on Saturday with the Vikings and Danesmen entertaining Marist and Malton & Norton respectively. All three games kick-off at 2.15pm.