Lee Douglas: Team rolled their sleeves up for win

SRUFC coach Lee Douglas
SRUFC coach Lee Douglas
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We rolled our sleeves up on Saturday to get a 13-7 win at home to Middlesbrough and we face another tough game this weekend at North Ribb.

North Ribb have improved of late and it is always a tough game up there so we will have to be on top form to get a win.

I was happy with the result on Saturday at Silver Royd, and the fact that we battled for the win against Middlesbrough, who gave it their all.

We showed a lot of character to grind out the win.

They had four players sin-binned for slowing down play, the referee was strong enough to punish them for their tactics.

We are without two of our more experienced players, Paul Taylor and Charles Hoggard, for the game at Settle on Saturday, but I am hopeful that both of them will be back in contention for the National Intermediate Cup quarter-final at home to Blackburn a week on Saturday.

We realise that the Blackburn match will be tough as they are flying high in their league and are involved in a promotion battle, whereas we are scrapping around for third or fourth place in our division

Lee Douglas

Unsurprisingly we have one eye on that game already, as it should be a great match, and hopefully we should have a good-sized crowd turn up to cheer us on.

We realise that the Blackburn match will be tough as they are flying high in their league and are involved in a promotion battle, whereas we are scrapping around for third or fourth place in our division.

They put 100 points on the board in their win last week, and no matter who the opponents are it takes a huge effort to get that many points in a game.

Another team who earned a big win at the weekend were the Scarborough RUFC ladies team, the Valkyries.

They hammered visitors Acklam 92-0 on Sunday and are in great form.

The ladies are fully committed to training and turn up in good numbers.

Zoe Aldcroft, a former Scarborough RUFC junior, also made her England under-20s debut in the defeat at France at the weekend.

It is always great to see players who started their rugby career at the club as a junior get to such a high level, the investment in junior rugby is vital to a club like ours and hopefully over the time this investment will continue to pay off.