Ingham refuses to blame ref for Brid defeat

Scarborough RUFC stalwart Nick Ingham tries to barge his way through the Brid line. Picture: Andy Standing.
Scarborough RUFC stalwart Nick Ingham tries to barge his way through the Brid line. Picture: Andy Standing.
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One man who wasn’t prepared to blame the referee for Scarborough’s defeat was club stalwart Nick Ingham, who answered the SOS calls of coach Lee Douglas to turn out for the away side.

“Using the referee as a scapegoat is unforgivable,” blasted Ingham.

“Can we place a little blame on him for some of the decisions that went against us, yes we can. But we have to be able to adapt to the decisions of the officials and react.

“The Bridlington v Scarborough game is a mental challenge as much as it is a physical one, and although the Brid side we played on Saturday was one of the softest I’ve come across for many years, perhaps some of the guys didn’t cope with the mental aspect of playing a derby.”

Ingham retired two seasons ago, or thought he had, throwing away his kit and keeping a pair of boots handy only for his coaching duties at Silver Royd.

But then came the call from Douglas following the suspension of Mikey Readman, and Ingham was happy to stand in for the York and Brid games.

“I retired after the National Cup semi-final defeat a couple of years ago, that was a good point to walk away at the age of 33,” said Ingham.

“But I played last season to help out and Lee phoned me to ask me to play against York and then the Brid game too.

“I thought I did OK against York and was happy to play again at the weekend, although I’m feeling it now.

“It was a frustrating game though, after making a very good York side look average last week, we under-performed in what is one of the biggest games of the season at Bridlington.”