SRUFC half-season review: Mixed bag for Douglas’ men

The emergence of 17-year-old Jordan Wakeham, above celebrating his first try for the first team, has been a massive boost for coach Lee Douglas
The emergence of 17-year-old Jordan Wakeham, above celebrating his first try for the first team, has been a massive boost for coach Lee Douglas
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The first half of the season finished in disappointment last Saturday when Scarborough were knocked out of the Yorkshire Shield at Silver Royd by visitors Bridlington.

This result neatly brackets the first half of the season which started with a 22-13 Shield win at Barnsley at the end of August and ended with Saturday’s exit from the competition.

Between those games coach Lee Douglas’ charges have strung some results together winning four of their six opening games then losing four in a row.

Three of those defeats were by four points or less which demonstrates a lack of concentration at times and an inability to shut games out.

They finished the first half of their league campaign in style with four straight wins and a draw at Wath to climb from the lower half of Yorkshire One to fifth on December 13.

Discipline has been a problem and a seven-week ban for influential back Harry Domett sent off at Middlesbrough has been a real blow.

The injury to Tomasz Chadwick in the same game has yet to clear up and he could be missing well into 2015.

Three forwards; Kiwis Jesse Macdonald and Taylor Smith and Aussie Eamon Chapman have joined the club; all three have been regulars with Chapman, a dynamic back row whose performances have seen him win a string of man of the match awards, making a big impact.

Discovery of the season so far has undoubtedly been 17-year-old Jordan Wakeham who came on as a substitute scrum-half at Barnsley and has made the position his own.

So a bit of a curate’s egg of a first four months with consistency, control and better attendance at training being the aim for the second half of the season.

Tellingly, they have lost to all four teams above them in the league and they will look to put that right in the New Year starting with the visit on January 3 of fourth-placed Yarnbury, who won the corresponding fixture 25-24 back in September.

Also to come are the opening fixtures in the National Knockout Cup; so plenty to look forward to and if they can put Saturday’s 36-22 Shield thrashing behind them and rediscover their pre-Christmas form then it could be a Happy New Year at Silver Royd.