From the Touchline with Dave Campbell: Double disappointment at Silver Royd

SRUFC's communications director Dave Campbell
SRUFC's communications director Dave Campbell
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Being a fairly new convert to Twitter; I’ve had an account for ages but hadn’t really used it much, I was fairly busy last week letting the Twitterati know that Scarborough’s postponed league game with Huddersfield YMCA would be played at Silver Royd last Saturday.

Locally and nationally cyberspace was alive with hubris re: the positive outcome of Scarborough’s game with YM and England’s potential Grand Slam game at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

I fancied England to win narrowly in Wales and knew that the Seasiders would have to do something special to secure victory against a side which was top of Yorkshire One but my confidence wasn’t such as I would have put my money on the outcome of either game.

As it was, England’s Grand Slam hopes were dashed by a rampant Wales who recorded their biggest ever victory in the history of the fixture winning 30-3 while true to form, Huddersfield won 38-13 at Silver Royd.

Both victorious sides thoroughly deserved their victories but secretly I’m a superstitious man and still wonder if the cyber hubris Henries didn’t jinx their teams.

Scarborough are back on the road on Saturday as they make their second trip to Pontefract this season, this time on league business; tries from Tom Ratcliffe and Matty Young saw skipper Phil Watson’s men to a 20-13 victory in the Yorkshire Challenge Shield on the Saturday before Christmas.

Earlier in the season Ratcliffe chalked up 30 points including a hat-trick of tries in the 35-5 demolition of ‘Ponte’ at Silver Royd.

Nino Cutino also crossed that day. Both sides go into Saturday’s clash on 47 points in the middle of the table and have struggled lately.

Pontefract have won only once in their last six games but remarkably before that poor run started they won 26-25 on the road at Huddersfield YMCA on the January 12.

In common with their opponents Scarborough have won once in their last six games and only twice this year so this game should be a case of both teams looking to find some kind of form.

With two wins against the west Yorkshiremen so far this campaign and an improvement on the lack of concentration which saw them concede a couple of early soft tries last week, I expect coach Jason Lowde’s charges to have a fruitful trip west on Saturday.

There are two games at Silver Royd on Saturday; the Vikings who have won their last eight games including a 12-0 success against Hullensians Hawks last week, take on BP Chemicals and the Danesmen entertain Pocklington.

All games kick off at 3pm.

Congratulations are due to Bridlington who progressed to the semi-final of the RFU Intermediate Cup defeating Lancashire side Eccles 27-12 at Dukes Park last Saturday.

Brid have demonstrated the strength of Yorkshire One rugby by defeating several sides from higher RFU levels whilst being a mid-table side in their own league.

They travel to play Leicestershire side Coalville RUFC on the 30th of the month with 80 minutes rugby between them and a final at Twickenham.

On a sadder note the club announced the death of player Dom Elliott, who died suddenly last weekend at the tragically young age of 23.

The postponement of Scarborough’s game with Huddersfield YMCA on the March 9 and the playing of the game last week meant that the Shield quarter-final with Dinnington due for that day was postponed.

At the time of going to press the game has provisionally been arranged for the March 30 (Easter Saturday) but final confirmation of this date has yet to be made.

Up to date information on this fixture can be found in the electronic platforms of this newspaper or the Scarborough RUFC website or Twitter feed.

It’s only weeks away now until the Scarborough RUFC/Breakaway Tours mini-rugby festival returns to Silver Royd.

This event has been a sure winner for the club since they moved to their new complex and this year the fun returns on the April 13 and 14.

Bumper crowds are expected on both days with a feast of mini-rugby plus a host of attractions including Laser Quest, rides and slides.

For the less active a Barbeque and many other food outlets will be available.

For more information ring 07557 339655 or visit Breakaway Travel on the web.