Jason Lowde’s column: Local players are key to the club

Scarborough RUFC head coach Jason Lowde's weekly column
Scarborough RUFC head coach Jason Lowde's weekly column
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Saturday’s defeat at North Ribblesdale was frustrating for everyone involved with the first team squad.

We gave the ball away cheaply, and gave it away in dangerous areas, giving them the chance to hurt us.

We’re not going to change our playing philosophy overnight though.

We’re trying to play an expansive, attractive brand of rugby and that doesn’t always come off.

North Ribb’ is the longest coach journey of the Yorkshire One season and it’s not the easiest place to go and win, especially when you’ve been sat on a coach for around three hours.

But we are making no excuses for the defeat.

We got there in plenty of time and started the game brightly but they countered us well.

I keep saying in this column that I want to see a reaction from the players after a defeat and that rings true this week with our home game against Old Brodleians this coming weekend.

They were relegated last season and I believe they’ve struggled a bit so far in Yorkshire One.

We expect them to come up to Silver Royd with a big pack and have a good go at us so we’ll have to be ready for that and be prepared for a tough match.

We have a couple of really disappointing injury problems facing us this weekend.

Ben Wilson and Billy Parker are both unavailable with injuries and we also have Phil Austen missing through work commitments.

All three are important players for us so it is a blow not to have them available for selection. We also still have Paul White out with his knee injury too.

But we have players waiting in the wings to come in and try and impress and Jaxon Tite (pictured, above right) and Matty Young come into the side.

Mikey Readman makes the bench, as does Phil Stewart, who has made himself available following a hip injury that kept him out of Saturday’s game.

We’ve always said that bringing on local players is of the utmost importance to us as a club.

While we have a few players at the club from further afield, to have the likes of Jaxon, Matty and Mikey to call upon is great for us as a club.

If players are doing well for the Vikings then they will get their chance to show what they can do for the first team.

I have no problem whatsoever bringing players up through the ranks if they deserve their chance and that promotes competition for places at the club, which is essential in my opinion.

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