Scarborough RUFC will play host to Halifax-based side Old Crossleyans this Saturday at Silver Royd, 2.15pm kick-off.
The ‘Crocs’ were relegated from North One East at the end of last season and have struggled somewhat this season in Yorkshire One.
They have yet to win on the road and I don’t really know what happened when they were walloped 95-27 at Bridlington but they bounced back last Saturday at their Bloomfield Avenue HQ with the 19-16 defeat of fellow strugglers Yarnbury.
Last weekend Scarborough travelled to York looking for further progress in Yorkshire One and the big travelling contingent was not disappointed.
Three classy tries wide tries following terrific work from the midfield and a further eight points from the boot of Tom Harrison saw the Seasiders lead 23-5 at the break.
Unfortunately they lost the services of James Leach with a knee injury just before half-time but fortunately had Kiwi Isaac Faamau on hand to take his place on his debut. And although the home side had a bit of a revival midway through the second half, a beautifully executed flicked pass out the back of Faamau’s hand released Tom Ratcliffe for his second try and a fourth touchdown for a bonus point late in the game.
Tomasz Chadwick made a really promising return from injury, Alex Renwick had a great game at centre and scored a spectacular try; Tom Harrison was named man of the match.
For the visit of Old Crossleyans, Scarborough coach Lee Douglas makes only one enforced change from last week’s starting fifteen, and that is Isaac Faamau at number eight, who came on for James Leach, who suffered a knee injury last week.
Ant Coffey has yet to return from a rib injury but hopes to be fit for the game at North Ribblesdale on November 21.
Harry Domett is unlikely to play again until sometime next year. Mark Hopper, Ben Martin and Toby Welsby are on the bench. Also in action at Silver Royd are the Danesmen who entertain Hull University while the Vikings travel to Humberside to take on Hullionians Ramblers. All games kick off at 2.15pm.
Last week on social media and in the Scarborough News online I let it be known that in my 30-odd years covering Scarborough RUFC for the local paper that I had never seen the first team beat York at Clifton Park. A few of my followers took that to mean that Scarborough had never won at York in that period of time.
I wasn’t sure if that was the case so I went back through the records and of course Scarborough never played them for many seasons as they played several leagues above them, on further inspection I noted in the RFU results website that apparently the Seasiders beat York 15-13 at Clifton Park on the last day of the 2008-2009 season.
Looking back I think I was on holiday at that time and probably missed it. None of that stopped me celebrating the win with a wee dram.
I went along to Silver Royd on Sunday to catch the Vakryies league game with York RI and although the local girls were beaten 12-0, a good turnout were rewarded with an exciting game deservedly won by the more experienced visiting team.
Unfortunately Hayley Evans suffered a nasty collarbone injury which will probably keep her out of action for the rest of the season.
Sam Knight was named Player of the Match.
The Scarborough faithful won’t see skipper Cathy-Ann Myers’ side back in action at Silver Royd until December 13 as they have been drawn at Hull in the cup on Sunday November 22 and travel to Barnsley for a league game a week later.