Dave Campbell’s From The Touchline: Long, hard season ends with trip to Driffield

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A long, hard rugby season which started back in August last year concludes on Saturday when Scarborough make the short trip to Driffield.

The Silver Royd men take on the best side in Yorkshire One who lead the table and need one more win to be promoted as champions.

Second-placed Huddersfield YMCA are on 102 points, three behind the Woldsmen on 105 and would need a bonus-point win at Ilkley and Scarborough to win at Kelleythorpe to clinch the championship and automatic promotion to North One East.

The formbooks are against the west Yorkshiremen as Driffield are on a run that has seen them lose only one league game since September 15 last year.

Scarborough on the other hand have had a season that has lacked consistency and last week having won two on the bounce against Pontefract and Wath, they were brought back down to earth by a York side that ground out victory with a powerful pack performance which saw the Silver Royd eight on the back foot for much of the second half.

Skipper Phil Watson’s men were disrupted by the late withdrawal of Luke Raines from the front row and having two-thirds of his regular back row nursing injuries in the stand; however they battled hard but were beaten by the best team on the day.

With a catalogue of injuries Scarborough will travel to Driffield knowing that they beat their hosts 21-20 on the opening day of the season at Silver Royd and they most certainly won’t be going just to make up the numbers; they will complete the double over their high-flying opponents with a win.

Jason Lowde announced his resignation as head coach after the York game last week; more on that on today’s back page.

Jason has had a long and loyal association with the club as player, skipper and coach and no doubt we’ll see plenty of him at Silver Royd in the future. More on Jason and a look back at season 2012-13 next week.

Last weekend the gods smiled on Silver Royd and warm weather blessed the fifth annual Scarborough RUFC/Breakaway Travel mini-rugby festival.

The event was an unqualified success with a couple of thousand under-12 youngsters, their parents, carers and coaches having a ball in safety at the Scarborough complex.

I attended on both days and apart from the fun the young players were obviously having, the standard of play was of a high order.

Teams travelled from all over the country including several from north of the border and the general consensus was that the facilities and organisation was outstanding and as many left after lunch on Sunday, they were already planning to return next year.

Corey Dennis will play his last game for Scarborough on Saturday and then he will be disappearing from the scene for around a year.

The Hull University (Scarborough Campus) student will travel to Singapore in the summer to spend a sandwich year as part of his degree course.

However he will be back in Scarborough next summer and hopes to continue at Silver Royd in season 2014-15.

A gutsy player, Corey is a firm favourite with the Scarborough faithful and everyone at the club wishes him well on his oriental adventure.

Later in the year the Seasiders will also lose the services of exciting young wing Matty Young who, for my money, is the most improved player at Silver Royd this season.

Matty is joining the Royal Navy but hopes to turn out for the club in the early part of next season.

If you visit Silver Royd you will notice the addition of two large arrays of solar energy panels on the roof of the club’s office block and aerobic gym area.

The installation is reportedly the largest solar energy installation in Scarborough; another energy source for what must be the area’s leading environmentally aware sports club.