Dave Campbell’s From The Touchline: Club’s Ribblesdale disappointment

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Last week’s home defeat at the hands of visitors North Ribblesdale was a huge disappointment to Scarborough’s coaches, players and spectators alike.

It was their first defeat at Silver Royd since relegation-haunted Old Brodlieans took advantage of a poor performance from Jason Lowde’s charges to grab a 15-10 victory back in October.

Scarborough's Zoe Aldcroft in action for the North of England under-18s against the Midlands at Silver Royd

Scarborough's Zoe Aldcroft in action for the North of England under-18s against the Midlands at Silver Royd

Although they fell short by only five points in the game, it was the quality of performance which was so disappointing.

Scarborough News Star Man Chris Purdy limped off after an hour and I’m told he may be out for some time.

Centre Craig Farrell missed the last couple of games but because of his unavailability to play and train, he has been only a bit player this season.

However when he is on the paddock his presence and organisational skills saw him on the winning side in the three games he played.

Following a full season of rugby union he then played a full summer season with the Pirates amateur rugby league club and then took a break in the autumn.

Tom Ratcliffe also had a season of union then league but started straight back at Silver Royd in September; he was the club’s top try scorer last season and is the leading try scorer in this campaign with 14 touchdowns; in addition he has rattled over 164 points with his trusty boot.

He has done marvellously over the last 18 months, however I think his long run without a break could be catching up with him as he looked a wee bit jaded and weary last week.

With things looking a bit uncomfortable in the bottom half of the table, let’s hope both dual-code centres remain fit and available for the vital games to come.

Saturday sees Scarborough back on duty at Silver Royd as south Yorkshire-based side Dinnington travel northeast for a league fixture which was postponed due to inclement weather back in January.

Having narrowly escaped relegation at the end of last season, it looked as if Dinnington were going to struggle in this campaign winning only one of their opening five games.

The turning point in their season was the visit of Scarborough back in early October; the home side raced to a 24-9 half-time lead and although the visitors rallied after the break,.

The south Yorkshiremen ran out 37-19 winners, grabbing a bonus point to launch a revival in their league fortunes.

Before last week’s thumping 49-19 defeat at promotion candidates Huddersfield YMCA, Dinnington had been undefeated since mid-November winning five and drawing one of their league games.

Star man for the south Yorkshiremen this season has been fly-half Johnnie West son of former Rotherham Titans back row Craig West, a Dinnington man who returned to coach and play for the club after his stint at English rugby union’s highest level.

Although they have a couple of league points less than the Silver Royd outfit and are three places below them in Yorkshire One, recent results make them favourites for Saturday’s game.

However following last week’s disappointment, I’m sure skipper Phil Watson’s men will have been grafting on the training paddock and I fully expect a hard-fought encounter with Scarborough looking to avenge that reverse in south Yorkshire back in the autumn.

Last Sunday’s Women’s Divisional Championship games at Silver Royd were a big success both in terms of the quality of rugby and attendance.

A report on the event can be found elsewhere in this edition of The Scarborough News, but it was brought to my attention that a Scarborough RUFC player had quite a bit of input to the performance of the Midland’s under-18 team that won their match with the Northern Division 22-12 on the day.  

Scarborough player and former under-15s assistant coach Alex Conlin has been involved as an assistant coach helping prepare six of the Midlands under-18s girls as part of his University of Derby Sports Coaching degree. 

Alex sent a very kind good luck message to the girls which was passed on by his mother Sam Conlin, who runs the Ruck Shop, the Scarborough club’s outlet at Silver Royd.

The girls were thrilled to hear from Alex and will no doubt be telling him all about their great day out at Silver Royd at his next coaching session.