From The Touchline with SRUFC’s Dave Campbell

From The Touchline with Dave Campbell
From The Touchline with Dave Campbell

Bridlington will make the short journey north on Saturday in confident mood knowing that they have yet to lose a game at Silver Royd since they won the first game at the complex when it was opened in January 2009.

In the intervening years the Seasiders have won on a couple of occasions at Queensgate, but the bragging rights have gone to the visitors on Scarborough territory.

So why are Bridlington Scarborough’s bogey side?

Back in the late 1980s when rugby union leagues were inaugurated, Brid, with a young side which had come through from juniors together, climbed from the depths of Yorkshire Three to the pinnacle of regional rugby in North One in around seven seasons if my memory serves me well; and at the time that meant progress through six leagues.

These days that elevation would involve three promotions.

Scarborough languished in Yorkshire Two at this time and played second best to their opponents when the sides did meet and for some time afterwards.

Since those days Bridlington have come back down the leagues but have maintained a positive outlook and they also won the Yorkshire Challenge Shield last season.

This season they got off to a flying start with five straight wins including the 23-18 defeat of Scarborough, pictured right: however before last week’s 22-8 win at Barnsley, they had won only two out of their previous nine games.

Scarborough on the other hand had a good run up to Christmas winning four out of five games, but went down 30-15 at Heath last Saturday.

Both sides have blown hot and cold this season and are mid-table in Yorkshire One with pretty similar records; so there is no reason for coach Jason Lowde’s charges to feel they are jinxed by their opponents or to treat the fixture differently from any other Yorkshire One game at Silver Royd.

Although the Scarborough faithful might well differ from me on that one.

A big turnout is expected for this game so get along to Silver Royd in plenty of time for the kick-off at 2.15pm.

Bars etc are open from noon.

In a rant in the Bridlington Free Press following a bruising game at Silver Royd, the then Bridlington coach Keiran Lawry had a go at the Silver Royd club in which he extolled the virtues of playing only home-grown players as opposed to what he termed Scarborough’s expensive imports?

It seems however that the Duke’s Park club has taken a different tack this season as their round-up of 2012 in the same paper last month stated, “The (Bridlington) squad has been bolstered by the arrival of more overseas players.

“Kiwis James Thompson and Morgan Kinnaird have stayed on and been joined by countryman Ezra Luxton and two South African forwards Zolani Faba and Auryn Murray.”

Rich Girking, a former star player for the club who is now Director of Rugby, at least paid Scarborough a tongue in cheek compliment in his on-line Free Press column when remarking on Brid’s win at Barnsley when he wrote, “This sets us up well for next week at local rivals Scarborough where they will be trying to gain their first victory over us since their move to ‘Silver Royd Palace’.

This made a change from the opinions of Rich’s predecessor in the job whose risible analogy compared Scarborough and Manchester City(?) as being club’s trying to buy success with lots of money and a fancy soulless ground.

Scarborough’s somnambulant start to last week’s 30-15 defeat at Heath was the reason the game got away from them so quickly; however the Seasiders failings in the early stages of the game were not helped by the fact that the first two tries they conceded came from outrageous forward passes missed by the blatantly unfit exchange referee from Northampton.

It’s a difficult job refereeing a level 7 game involving 30 fit young men and I think it behoves anyone taking on the task to be at least ‘fit’ for purpose’.