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Looking at the table I think today is a seriously big day. Some clubs could be relatively sure of safety if they win today and losses to a couple of clubs leaves them starting to get cut off.

However a certain combination of results could leave every single side from 5th downwards still in trouble.

An intriguing day ahead..

Other Senior Rugby / End of the Championship..
« on: February 12, 2020, 06:26:17 AM »
Well, certainly the end of it as a full time professional entity.

The RFU and the Premiership have both announced big cuts in funding to The Championship. Many of us think this is sensible. There is little evidence at all that it provides a pathway into the top flight and it's very clear that England can't support a 2nd level of professional teams.

I think ALL direct funding other than travel should be scrapped below premiership and cash diverted to rugby development and ground improvements.

Regional Two (North & North East) / Breaking News....
« on: February 02, 2020, 08:25:56 AM »
Preparations are being made for Yorks home fixture against Scarborough in two weeks to be moved to the safety of Silver Royd. This is following the recent cases of Coronavirus in the city.

A report sent to both clubs from Public Heath England says....."as York RUFC have players traveling from all over the north of England each week to play....their club is considered high risk. We recommend switching the fixture to Silver Royd. As Scarborough play largely home grown players then the risk of contagion is minimal. As an extra precaution, the York President will be quarantined for the next 14 days".

Hope this early notice gives everyone a chance to make arrangements.

Regional Two (North & North East) / York Champions but who will be second?
« on: February 02, 2020, 07:53:48 AM »
It looks like York will at last fulfil their potential and get a good return on investment as they cruise to promotion. In all seriousness I can't see them losing another match - or they shouldn't.

So the race is on for second spot....

Mathematically plenty of teams still in it. However having seen Moortown yesterday they will lose as many as they win. Morley seem to be dropping like a stone. Scarborough, Bradford and Malton have no chance and are all as likely to be dragged into relegation rather than a promotion race.

So it leaves Cleck and Driff. What an awful loss for Cleck yesterday?! That suggests all is not perfect there. And Drif only scraped a win against Pock and have been on a pretty ropey run of late.

Despite Cleck and Drifs indifferent form I still think it will be between those two. it could all go down to the last match of the season when Drif are away to York (gulp) and Cleck are away at the mighty Silver Royd.

Regional Two (North & North East) / B&B crisis?
« on: February 01, 2020, 06:25:38 PM »
First they lose their Tongans (with 5 weeks left on their tourist visa) to Brid...

Now their best back, Jamie Martin has walked out and returned to Brid...

Who's next to walk out??

Regional Two (North & North East) / Scores
« on: January 18, 2020, 02:45:59 PM »
Scarborough 17 - 0 YM

Not sure exactly when this happened but I believe over the last couple of weeks. Patience ran out with the coaching team that started the season and the big axe came out. The new setup had a good start against Scarborough.

Regional Two (North & North East) / B&B to Tongans depart for Y1 club
« on: January 15, 2020, 06:17:09 AM »
I understand that Bradford & Bingleys two Tongans have left are are playing the last 5 weeks of their visa at a struggling Y1 club.

I rated them as players so suspect their departure it may hamper B&B....

Strange decision at this stage of a) the season and b)their visa..

Regional Two (North & North East) / Scores
« on: January 11, 2020, 03:21:16 PM »
Scarborough losing 21-7

Have a very Merry Christmas and a truly enjoyable, fruitful and successful New Year.

From everyone at Scarborough and from BRB...have a good one. 🍷 🍺

Regional Two (North & North East) / Week off - what are teams doing?
« on: November 27, 2019, 07:35:36 AM »
Some will have friendlies, some cup matches and some resting.
What is your club doing?

Scarborough are having a week off. Chance to recover from knocks and give the players a weekend off to have break.

Regional Two (North & North East) / Score updates
« on: November 23, 2019, 03:03:24 PM »
Scarborough 7 - 3 Pocklington HT
Seems right from afar.

Regional Two (North & North East) / Morley - questions to answer
« on: November 19, 2019, 09:58:22 PM »
Firstly I'd like to make it very clear that my comments below have nothing to do with our loss on Saturday at Morley. Nobody has said that Morley weren't good for their win - we had our chances to win but didn't take them and their defence was excellent. Yes i wasn't there but I've watched the whole match on TV.

The points I'm going to raise I'd intended to post last year but didn't get round to it.

So in the run up to the Morley match we were contacted and asked a number of things.

1) Could it be a 3pm Kick off because all their matches kick off at 3pm. There was no consideration to the fact that Scarborough supporters were travelling over 2 hours and would be travelling back 45 later in the dark. OK its only 45 mins but every minute counts at this time of year. The only other reason given was something about having a pre-match meal and needing time to serve it - there were 5 tables of 6 so 30 people . Well I'm sorry but we're catering for 300 on Saturday and we can perfectly well manage to do that and have a 2.15pm kick off. But the worst thing is, if you are going to insist that that you play under lights is it too much to ask that your lights a) actually work and b) are of a sufficient standard. I would urge all clubs who are due to play at Morley before 1st March to refuse a 3pm kick off. Furthermore the playing surface was a disgrace - when I get a chance I'll post pictures. How can a club so openly and happily pay ALL their players yet be so willing to let their ground to fall apart around their ears. If any club epitomises a club with all the wrong priorities it is Morley.

2) We were written to in the week proceeding the the match instructing us to wear a different kit as ours clashed with theirs and they "always wear" maroon at home. Well I'm sorry darlings but we have a few problems with that, a) we are your GUESTS and in rugby union that means something. For a start it means that we arrive and you change kit. b) the home team has access to a full kit cupboard of shirts and therefore is better placed to react to any clash. c) This is RUGBY not FOOTBALL and in our wonderful game at this level (yes the level you are at) the home team changes.

3) This one is unbelievable. We received a letter instructing us that we are not permitted to film the match without the written permission of Morley and if it is given we must give them a copy. What deluded world do they they live in? You are at level 6 grassroots rugby. You might not like that but tough titty, that's where you are. You clearly don't like it and think that paying players is your best way to get your dilapidated, run down, old fashioned ground up a league or two - but you miss what is important in our game.

So Morley if we are in the same league next year (we'll still be here but you might be promoted). Save your ink sending a letter because we will wear whatever shirt we normally do, we will kick off at 2.15 if its winter and if we want to film we will. I suggest that every other club says the same.

Get used to the level you are at. Come to terms that you have one of the worst grounds in the league and your financial priorities are very misplaced. Other than that everything is fine....


Regional Two (North & North East) / Results
« on: November 09, 2019, 04:36:08 PM »
Scarborough BP 32- 16 Driffield

Regional Two (North & North East) / Thoughts on the weekend?
« on: November 07, 2019, 06:50:41 AM »
The world cup hanger over has just about passed now so we can get back to thinking about real rugby.

Some interesting fixtures this weekend with teams at the top playing each other. Scarborough continue to suffer with injuries and unavailability but have got a couple returning.
I hear that Driffield centre Gurkin had left and returned to Bridlington, not sure what's happened there?
Driff are never weak so I'm sure they will come with a spring in their step.

Cleck and Morley also catches the eye. Morley were tipped for the top at the beginning of the season but Cleck have over performed and are now seen as favourites for the league.

Can't really see any surprises in the other matches ....which will mean there will be several!

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