After all the razzmatazz of last weekend’s Anglo-Irish Cup and an absolute belter of a game between Scarborough and league-leaders Doncaster Phoenix, both played in front of big crowds, its back to the bread and butter league stuff as the Seasiders travel down the coast to take on fellow mid-table outfit Hullensians today.
The newly-promoted Humbersiders had a tough start to their Yorkshire One campaign with consecutive away games at Heath and Malton both of which they lost.
However convincing home wins over Middlesbrough (28-10) and Old Brods (42-15) got them back on track. Last Saturday they lost 9-8 at Pontefract and are looking to bounce back with a win tomorrow to extend their unbeaten home record.
Saturday’s last gasp 16-14 defeat by Doncaster was a real blow to skipper Tom Ratcliffe’s men who had played well and overturned an 11-0 deficit to grab a 14-11 lead with a late try.
However, they were sucker-punched for the third time this season in injury time when they failed to defend an attacking line-out and conceded a try from a catch-and-drive for the second time in the game; so plenty of fighting spirit on offer but concentration and execution are still a problem.
Following last week’s performance, Coach Lee Douglas has picked the same squad as was on duty last week. Kiwi Taylor Smith who came on in the back row against Doncaster for most of the second half may start the game tomorrow, however Tom Ratcliffe who has been suffering from a flu-like illness has not trained this week and is doubtful.
So apart from Graeme Jeffrey who hopes to start training next week, Douglas has an almost full strength squad for the game.
Elsewhere, the unbeaten Vikings side which includes seven players with first team experience this season, travel to Scunthorpe. The Seasider’s third string the Danesmen, entertain Hullensians at Silver Royd. All three games kick off at 3pm.