Lowde’s men should travel confident

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With Saturday’s league game switched to York, Scarborough should travel with confidence, their thrilling last-gasp 22-18 win at Wath two weeks ago still fresh in their minds.

The squad had a chance to restore their batteries last weekend when they enjoyed a free Saturday and I’m sure they’ll be raring to go at York.

Both sides are on 31 points in Yorkshire One but the Seasiders are above the Minster-men with a superior points difference (same as goal difference in football); both sides have won six and lost six.

The men from Clifton Park come off a run of three consecutive wins, all against sides below them in the league, their last outing saw them record a 23-12 home win over Pontefract who were beaten 35-5 in Scarborough’s last home game.

Coach Jason Lowde has included a clutch of young players who have progressed through the Scarborough ranks this season and they have acquitted themselves well so far and a great display in south Yorkshire two weeks ago included a try from debutant centre Alex Renwick; so I won’t be surprised to see a similar line-up on Saturday.

Scarborough successes at Clifton Park have been few and far between in recent years but with a return to the dynamic form they showed earlier in the season I fancy skipper Phil Watson’s men to make it three in a row this week.

The Vikings and the Danesmen are also in action at York on Saturday and at the time of going to press there is no game at Silver Royd.

As part of their outreach programme Leeds Carnegie are taking some of their home games to other Yorkshire clubs and last Sunday entertained Championship promotion chasing side Bedford Blues at Otley’s Cross Green ground.

Former Scarborough and Newcastle Falcons’ prop Darren Fearn played for the visitors and as usual his parents Shaun and Annette attended the game.

Also present were friends from Scarborough RUFC and grandparents Dot and Geoff.

The old ground at Cross Green is looking pretty frayed around the edges these days and the hardy band huddled for warmth in the old Otley stand and cheered on the visitors who went on to continue their promotion challenge with a 45-25 win when the referee called time after 65 minutes when the frozen ground became unplayable.

The result does stand but obviously the Leeds supporters in the sparse 1,564 crowd were more than displeased.

Darren’s granddad Geoff told me the visitors from Scarborough took some stick and apart from being called ‘southern cheats’ were also branded ‘traitors’ for giving support to the non-Yorkshire side.

Last Saturday an injury-time try saw Pontefract win their Yorkshire Challenge Shield first round tie with visitors Old Brodlieans.

As I mentioned in last week’s column this means that Scarborough will travel to Pontefract in the next round of the competition and if successful would be at home through to the final of the competition.

The date of the game at Pontefract has yet to be arranged.

Chief Operating Officer Graeme Jeffrey tells me that tickets are selling fast for the best New Year’s Party in Scarborough as the club hosts the Rogues of Rhythm at the J.M.Guthrie clubhouse on the December 31.

As always there’s also a fantastic gourmet buffet on offer.

There are still a few tickets available, and they can be booked by calling the club at Silver Royd on 01723 357740.