Ingham eager to spoil Ilkley party

Captain Nick Ingham dodges Heath. Action from the last home game for Scarborough 1stXV RUFC, vs Heath, at Silveroyd on Saturday. 111489j picture by Andrew Higgins 09/04/11 'in Sport
Captain Nick Ingham dodges Heath. Action from the last home game for Scarborough 1stXV RUFC, vs Heath, at Silveroyd on Saturday. 111489j picture by Andrew Higgins 09/04/11 'in Sport

SCARBOROUGH RUFC skipper Nick Ingham says his side will be looking to spoil Ilkley’s party on Saturday when they travel west for their Yorkshire One showdown.

Saturday’s fixture coincides with the grand opening of Ilkley’s new £1.6 million clubhouse and former England captain and head coach Martin Johnson is the guest of honour.

Johnson, who resigned as England coach only yesterday, is set to meet both sets of players shortly before kick-off.

Ingham said: “Ilkley are having a big party on Saturday and obviously meeting the 2003 World Cup-winning captain will be great, however, it is not our party and we will be looking to spoil it.

“Martin Johnson is going to be there for Ilkley’s benefit and although I am sure that all the players will lift their game because he is going to be in the crowd, we just have to make sure that we play well and do our jobs.

“It doesn’t matter who is there watching, we have got a job to do and we are going there to win the game.

“Hopefully Ilkley will get caught up in the occasion and get a bit carried away and that might play into our hands.

“There will no doubt be a big crowd due to the occasion, but Ilkley won’t have it all their own way as we are taking a large travelling support with us.”

Scarborough go into Saturday’s game on the back of two narrow defeats that have left Ingham extremely frustrated.

Ingham continued: “We lost by just three points on Saturday against Keighley and the week before we lost by four points at Knottingley.

“Both games were games we could and should have won and it is really frustrating that missed opportunities keep costing us victories.

“We have been working really hard in training this week at making sure we are able to finish off our chances.

“We need to start making sure that when we are in the kill-zone we don’t keep making mistakes.”

Just as has been the case in Scarborough’s two previous games, the forwards battle again looks likely to be key to both sides’ chances of success on Saturday.

Ingham added: “Ilkley have got what is probably the biggest pack in this league, so once again we will have to match our opposition up front.

“Our forwards coach Jason Lowde has had us doing a lot of work again to make sure that we are able to meet their pack head-on and take the game to them.”

Ilkley are unbeaten in their last three games and beat Huddersfield YMCA 41-6 last time out.

The West Yorkshiremen have been in great form at home this season and the only two sides to have beaten them at their Stacks Field base are the top two in Yorkshire One, Bridlington and Driffield.

l See our UK & International section on page 34 for the full story of Martin Johnson’s resignation.