Big freeze scuppers centre pairing chance to shine at Silver Royd

Tom Ratcliffe leads the comeback for Scarborough on his way to scoring a try in the second half. Action from Scarborough RUFC 1st XV battle to catch Castleford, at Silveroyd on Saturday, ending 32-39 to Cas'. Picture by Andrew Higgins 113685j 10/09/11
Tom Ratcliffe leads the comeback for Scarborough on his way to scoring a try in the second half. Action from Scarborough RUFC 1st XV battle to catch Castleford, at Silveroyd on Saturday, ending 32-39 to Cas'. Picture by Andrew Higgins 113685j 10/09/11

THE second postponement of Scarborough’s Yorkshire One clash with Pocklington in as many weeks denied the Silver Royd faithful the opportunity to witness a potentially thrilling treat.

Try-machine Tom Ratcliffe and Kiwi magician Marcus Edwards were set to be paired at centre for the first time on Saturday, in a partnership that had the potential to produce some highly exciting rugby.

073999v sport'Scarborough Rugby Team.Marcus Edwards.

073999v sport'Scarborough Rugby Team.Marcus Edwards.

Edwards, returning to the side after an absence from first team action since before Christmas, was due to replace the unavailable Craig Farrell in the Seasiders’ starting line-up.

However, four inches of snow on top of a frozen playing surface scuppered the pair’s chances of linking up in the midfield.

A disappointed Ratcliffe said: “I think it would have been great linking up with Marcus in the centres.

“Craig Farrell and myself have been playing really well together in the centres - with us both having a rugby league background we have a decent understanding and often run the same lines - but I was still looking forward to playing on Marcus’ shoulder on Saturday.

“I played outside Marcus on the wing when he was at outside-centre earlier in the season and I scored a hat-trick that day - all of my trys were set up by him.”

Kiwi legend Edwards added: “I have played in the same side as Tom a few times this season but we haven’t played together in the centres before.

“It would have been interesting playing next to Tom. You can see why he has scored so many trys this season, he is an awesome player.

“I was looking forward to a game, it has been quite a while since I last had a run out.

“However, playing in the snow is not something that appeals to me at all.

“I have played in the snow once before, during my time at Scarborough.

“It was awful, there was already snow on the pitch and then it started snowing while we were playing.

“It is very difficult to play rugby when your hands are so cold that you cannot feel them.”

Scarborough’s fly-half Tom Harrison was also excited by the prospect of playing with the partnership of Edwards and Ratcliffe outside him for the first time.

Harrison said: “Marcus and Tom are both extrememly talented individuals and are probably the two most attack-minded players in the side.

“I don’t think that we would have changed the way we play, but Marcus is a ball player so it would have been like having two playmakers in the back line.

“It always makes my job so much easier having such good players outside me.

“With Craig Farrell and Paul White to come back in we have got a lot of options in the backs at the moment.

“After three weeks off we all just want to get back to playing rugby, even if it is in the snow.”