From the Touchline with Dave Campbell: Busy time for all at Silver Royd

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A 33-13 win over high-flying Wath last Saturday saw Scarborough’s late season revival continue.

Five spectacular tries, four of them from the back division thrilled, over 500 spectators on a cold, sunny day - just perfect for rugby.

With the visit of touring side Cleethorpes to play the Vikings under lights on Friday evening followed on Saturday by youth rugby in the morning, Yorkshire One action in the afternoon and a charity match between Yorkshire Firefighters and the Silver Royd vets side, The Gulls, it was like a post-Easter weekend before the inception of league rugby which is now the be-all and end-all of rugby life.

The charity match was followed by a charity gala black-tie dinner in the club’s Qdos suite which brought us right back to the present.

With Sunday dominated by mini and junior rugby also played in great conditions it was a memorable weekend at Silver Royd. And the fun continues this weekend with the fifth Scarborough RUFC/Breakaway Travel Mini-Rugby Festival.

Starting with registration tomorrow evening the festival continues through until Sunday. Over 2,000 players and spectators are expected on both Saturday and Sunday with approximately 50 teams and 200 matches being played over the weekend.

Last year 621 players from under-seven to under-12 age groups took part and £1,500 was raised for the Children’s Charity of Rugby.

Many rides, entertainments and food outlets will be available and each child will receive a medal and tee-shirt with winners’ trophies going to all age groups.

Saturday sees the final home game of the season on the main pitch between Scarborough and York in Yorkshire One.

Following consecutive bonus point wins against Pontefract on the road and Wath at Silver Royd last week, skipper Phil Watson’s men should be in confident mood for this eagerly awaited local derby.

They’ll be looking to avenge a 27-13 reverse at Clifton Park where they were disrupted before a ball was kicked when they lost the services of Corey Dennis, Luke Raines and Tom Harrison who failed fitness tests before the game kicked off; however York were full value for their win.

The Minster Men have been on a run starting at the beginning of November last year in which they have lost only one game (against league-leaders Driffield) in fifteen.

Last week they were surprisingly beaten 29-25 at Pontefract who the previous week had lost to Scarborough (28-13) for the third time this season. So; was last week’s defeat an aberration or will York bounce back on Saturday?

With promotion or relegation not an issue, I’m sure that both protagonists will look to play enterprising rugby which should provide another entertaining afternoon at a busy Silver Royd.

Last Saturday as is my wont before the start of a game I enquired of the Wath coach if there were any changes to the team printed in the match programme.

He informed me that he didn’t recognize any of the Wath names.

On closer examination I noticed that the programme compiler had named 15 players and three substitutes, comprising of various Scarborough club stalwarts including Mrs Sam Conlin at fly-half and your correspondent at inside centre.

I had missed a small note in italics below the team list which read ‘Poetic licence used with team selection as Wath team not available at time of going to press.’

Congratulations are in order for Bridlington rugby club who won their RFU Intermediate cup semi-final with Leicestershire side Coalville last Saturday.

The men from Dukes Park trailed by a single point at half time but stormed back in the second forty minutes to win 16-15 and clinch a place in the final at Twickenham where they will play Brighton who beat St. Austell 31-19 in the other semi-final. 

I was informed last Saturday that cricket will be a feature of this summer’s activities at Silver Royd.

I’ll have more information next week but a Hospital-Rugby Club XI will play its home fixtures at the Complex.

As a cricket enthusiast, it adds another dimension to summer at Silver Royd; let’s hope the weather is kind to us.