Scarborough aiming to bounce back from opening defeat

Graham Hogg made his debut for Scarborough in last week's defeat at Selby. Picture: Andy Standing
Graham Hogg made his debut for Scarborough in last week's defeat at Selby. Picture: Andy Standing

Scarborough RUFC will be hoping to bounce back from last week’s opening day defeat to Selby when they host York on Saturday.

Lee Douglas’ men slid to a narrow Yorkshire One loss at Sandhill Lane last time out; the Seasiders had a huge amount of possession but couldn’t find a way through a well-marshalled home defence and lost 10-6 on an afternoon of torrential rain.

Their entirely new midfield of Tom Harrison, Maloni Moata’ane and YDO Graham Hogg had never played together before and it showed in a somewhat disjointed performance.

Hogg kicked a couple of penalty goals but a horrible day at the office was compounded when Mikey Readman was sent off for a bit of fisticuffs right in front of the referee.

However, they’ll have to put that disappointment behind them when they take on York at Silver Royd tomorrow.

Last week, the men from Clifton Park who are fancied for promotion this season, opened their account with the 30-5 bonus-point home defeat of visitors Heath. Last season, having been trounced 31-12 by Scarborough on home soil in November, the Minstermen got sweet revenge with a narrow 13-5 win at Silver Royd in March.

For Tomorrow’s game coach Douglas has named a squad which includes David Downes, Mark Hopper, Joe Marshall, Richard Scales, South African Ethynne Terblanche and Nick Ingham.

With Matthew Else unavailable, Ingham will probably be drafted into the second row with Terblanche starting in the back row. Perhaps a couple of sessions on the training paddock this week will improve the side’s communication in what should be a cracking game.

Also in action on Saturday are the Vikings who take on York at Silver Royd; both games kick-off at 3pm.

The game between the club’s women’s side the Valkryies and Acklam scheduled for Sunday is postponed due to the visitors being unable to field a side; the game will be played at the end of the season.

Therefore, the Valkryies season will kick off on Sunday the 18th of this month when they travel to county Durham to take on Bishop Auckland.