Lee Douglas’ Scarborough RUFC team are looking to recover from last week’s 25-24 loss at Yarnbury with a home win against York in Yorkshire One tomorrow at Silver Royd, 3pm kick-off.
Following a promising start to the season with a Yorkshire Shield win at Barnsley and league wins at Selby and at Silver Royd against a disappointing Wath side, skipper Tom Ratcliffe’s men came unstuck last week on their journey to Horsforth where Yarnbury were full value for their 25-24 victory; a scoreline that flattered the visitors.
Although the points were clinched by a penalty nine minutes into injury-time, few would take issue with the result in a game the home side had dominated.
York, like Scarborough have two wins and a defeat from their opening games; beating North Ribblesdale 32-13 at Clifton Park on the opening day of the season then going down 22-8 at Old Brods and recording a narrow 20-15 home win over Pontefract last week.
Last season Douglas’ charges lost 27-22 at Clifton Park in November but avenged that reverse with a 36-14 win at Silver Royd in the spring.
If proof were needed, and it isn’t, that the game here at Scarborough is an amateur affair, the unavailability tomorrow of four first-teamers from last week; Matty Else, Joe Marshall, Matty Oxtoby and Ryan Pickering shows the difficulty of getting a settled side at this level. Also missing is first XV stalwart Graeme Jeffrey, who broke his hand in training on Tuesday.
On the plus side recently returned Tom Harrison, ex-Bridlington man Martin Robinson, youngster Hayden Ogilvie and newcomer Eamon Chapman are in the squad. So plenty of places to play for and a cracking local derby in prospect.