Scarborough return to action following the break for the Rugby World Cup final with a short trip down the A64 to take on York at Clifton Park on Saturday in Yorkshire One.
York have made an indifferent start to the season with a few good results on the road including an 11-10 win at Malton, but they have lost their last three games at home to Bradford Salem, Heath and Bridlington.
Their last league outing on the road saw them go down 39-26 to struggling Yarnbury.
Scarborough are struggling with injuries and are still without Harry Domett (knee), Ant Coffey (ribs) and influential prop Paul Taylor, who continues to be plagued by back problems.
However, they have some good news as Tomasz Chadwick, who has been suffering from a long-term hamstring problem, returns on Saturday. He plays in the centre with Alex Renwick making up the Seasiders’ seventh different centre pairing in nine league games.
Up front Andy Rossol returns to the back-row and teams up with Drew Govier and James Leach while newcomer Isaac Faamau starts on the bench with Alessandro Zavatti and Joe Lenton. Paul White is unavailable for this game.
It seems incredible but I’ve yet to see Scarborough beat York away from home in over 30 years covering the club; however the games have always been close.
On their last couple of visits to Clifton Park, the Seasiders have surrendered early leads to lose 19-14 last year and 27-22 the season before.
This season Scarborough have made a marginally better start than their opponents so could my patience be rewarded on Saturday?
Elsewhere the Vikings and Danesmen are also in action against York 2nds and 3rds at Silver Royd and Clifton Park respectively, all games kick-off at 2.15pm.
After their triumph in the National Cup at Derby, Scarborough’s women’s side the Valkyries are back in league action at Silver Royd on Sunday against joint-leaders York RI.
Both sides are unbeaten so far this season so it should be a cracker. Kick-off is at noon.