Next up at Silver Royd on Saturday are Leeds-based outfit Yarnbury RFC, who are Scarborough’s Yorkshire One opponents on the club’s first Ladies Day.
In the recent past Yarnbury were promoted from Yorkshire Two at the end of season 2013/14 and were narrowly beaten 20-13 by Gloucester club Newent in the final of the Senior Vase.
Last season the honours were even between the clubs with Yarnbury winning 25-24 at their place at the start of the season and Scarborough winning 35-27 at Silver Royd in the first game of this year.
The West Yorkshiremen have a long string of injuries at the moment and it’s been reflected in their results with three heavy home defeats 21-36 to Heath, 5-47 to Bridlington and last week’s 8-52 drubbing by Old Brods.
However, they did win their only away game so far, beating West Park Leeds 18-11 at The Sycamores.
With two wins and a draw behind them skipper Tom Ratcliffe’s men travelled to unbeaten Bridlington last Saturday without the services of Ant Coffey, Tomasz Chadwick, Jordan Wakeham, Paul Taylor, Phil Watson and Drew Govier and turned in a creditable performance and despite having had Eamon Chapman sin-binned and Craig Farrell taken off injured, led 15-9 at the break.
They conceded a couple of early second-half tries and although they gave their all, Bridlington grabbed a narrow 22-18 victory with a late penalty.
When the teams were announced on Wednesday, the Silver Royd faithful were wondering why last season’s first fifteen player of the year Eamon Chapman was not on the team sheet.
Apparently the Aussie-born back row had been in contact with Guernsey Rugby Club in the Channel Islands and has decided to move on to sunnier climes.
This was a big disappointment to all at Scarborough as he had committed to play or the club this season.
It is a blow to lose such an experienced back row player but I have every confidence in the club’s youthful trio of loose forwards Drew Govier, Ben Martin and James Leach, who have done so well this season.
There seems so much in terms of injury and unavailability goes on between selection and kick-off, however here is the team news as of Tuesday after training.
Leach moves to No8 to replace Chapman whilst Phil Watson and Govier return to the pack.
Wakeham returns at scrum-half as does Chadwick at inside centre to be joined by Coffey, who has recovered from a calf injury and plays at outside-centre for the injured Ratcliffe.
Paul Taylor, Ben Martin and Matty Oxtoby are on the bench.
It’s England’s ‘cup final’ on Saturday night as they take on Australia at Twickenham with only a win being good enough to keep them in the World Cup.
The exit of the host nation at this stage would be a sporting and financial disaster as far as the success of the tournament is concerned and for the popularity of the sport in this country which would affect every club.
England have won four out of the five most recent games between the countries so history is with them. However I suggest you get up to the J.M. Guthrie on Saturday evening, get behind your team and keep everything crossed