Douglas fired up ahead of Shield final

Scarborough RUFC coach Lee Douglas
Scarborough RUFC coach Lee Douglas
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Scarborough coach Lee Douglas insists his side are more than capable of beating Yorkshire One champions Ilkley in their highly-anticipated Yorkshire Shield final on Sunday.

Douglas has been putting his squad through their paces ahead of their crunch clash against high-flying Ilkley at York’s Clifton Park ground this weekend.

Scarborough finished their league campaign on a high with three wins from their final four league outings, beating Pontefract, York and Keighley at Silver Royd.

Douglas has been left frustrated by the spell without match action, but is adamant that if his squad play to their potential then they will win.

Douglas said: “If the guys play to their full potential, there is nobody in this league who can live with us.

“We aren’t just good enough, we’re more than good enough.

“It’s the players who need to believe it though. I believe it, it’s down to the players to know they can do it now.

“They need to understand that from one to 22, everyone will need to contribute on the day if we’re to win.”

Scarborough will be without skipper Phil Watson after the burly forward picked up an injury playing in the Andrew Stevenson memorial game a couple of weeks ago.

While Douglas admits it’s a huge blow to his side, he believes Mikey Readman is an ample replacement and knows his squad has enough depth in quality to manage.

Douglas added: “It’s obviously a massive blow to lose Phil.

“Not just because he’s our skipper, but he’s a hell of an important player for us too.

“Mikey will come in and do well I’m sure and we didn’t have Phil when we went to Ilkley earlier in the season, so we’ll just have to get on with it.”

Scarborough drew 17-17 at Ilkley in October, before losing 13-6 at Silver Royd in January, and Douglas felt aggrieved after key decisions went against his side on both occasions.

“I felt we won the game at Ilkley, we were cheated a bit,” added Douglas.

“There’s no ill-feeling there though. Ilkley won the league and fair play to them.

“I know their coach Rhys Morgan well and I’m sure it’ll be a cracking game of rugby.

“We always get great support and I’m sure that will continue at York on Sunday.”