From The Touchline: Rock-bottom Acklam eyeing first win

Kiwi skipper Matty Jones scored a try in his first game back at the club at Yarnbury. He makes his return to Silver Royd tomorrow against Acklam.
Kiwi skipper Matty Jones scored a try in his first game back at the club at Yarnbury. He makes his return to Silver Royd tomorrow against Acklam.

Acklam travel south to Silver Royd tomorrow looking for their first win on the road this season.

The Middlesbrough-based club slid to big defeats at Old Brods (59-0) and 36-0 at Keighley last month.

However they have fared better at home, beating North Ribblesdale 21-17 and going down 23-12 after a hard-fought encounter with Heath last week.

The Teesiders threw away a hatful of try scoring opportunities and failed to cash-in on their first half possession.

Heath took tentative control after the break and led 23-5 near the end. Acklam fly-half Daniel Ashton rounded off the scoring with a brilliant solo effort he converted himself, so he’s one to watch this tomorrow.

Skipper Matty Jones made a good start to his second spell at the club, scoring a try in the team’s first away win of the season at Yarnbury last week.

Scarborough got off to a flying start, racing to a 17-0 lead early in the game but appeared to run out of steam after the break and Matty’s late try just gave the visitors the edge in a 29-25 bonus-point win.

As you probably know, my domestic situation has restricted me to home games for the time being, but my spies tell me that the Seasiders wilted after Isaac Faamau limped off with a pulled hamstring after half-an-hour and struggled for fitness in the second half.

If you follow social media you will know that young Jordan Wakeham spent several days in Scarborough Hospital early this week and is still recovering.

He’s on the mend and will, I’m sure, be back in action soon. Alex Rowley, a product of the club’s mini and youth setup makes his first team debut in his place at scrum-half.

Also missing tomorrow is Faamau, nursing his hamstring and Graham Hogg, who is still waiting for clearance to play from the medics.

Nino Cutino makes his first appearance back at the club and Aaron Wilson, who started off in our minis, makes his first team debut.

Scarborough and Acklam’s last meeting at Silver Royd on the September 14 2013 saw the Seasiders win 52-0.

Good news for the club is the return from long-term injury of ex-captain Phil Watson, he turns out for the Vikings at Driffield.

The Danesmen are also in action against Driffield but at Silver Royd, they take on the woldsmen’s 4th XV. All three games kick-off at 3pm.

On Sunday the Silver Royd club’s ladies team, the Valkyries entertain visitors Workington Ladies in the first round of the National Knockout competition.

The local women were let down by Bradford Salem, who couldn’t raise a team last Sunday, so they’ll be hoping their game goes ahead. Valkryies-Workington kicks-off at 2.45pm.