Skipper Watson’s warning ahead of Phoenix clash

Scarborough RUFC captain Phil Watson
Scarborough RUFC captain Phil Watson
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Scarborough RUFC skipper Phil Watson has fired a warning to his teammates ahead of their Yorkshire One clash at Doncaster Phoenix tomorrow afternoon.

The Silver Royd men have endured a terrible start to 2014, but still have hope of ending the season on a high as they take on Selby in their much-anticipated Yorkshire Shield semi-final next weekend.

Watson has warned his players that this is their last chance to battle their way into the side for the crunch cup tie.

Watson said: “The players know this their last chance to fight for their shirt for that semi-final next week.

“We’ve got three key players out of the game tomorrow in Tom Harrison, Blake Nightingale and Matty Oxtoby, so it’s really on the lads going to Doncaster to show why they should be in the side for Selby.”

The Scaborough skipper missed out when they beat Phoenix 26-23 in November as he was suffering with a broken arm, but their hosts tomorrow have enjoyed a surge in results and currently sit in third in Yorkshire One.

Watson added: “They’re a good side with a big pack and although we got a good result against them at home, tomorrow will be a very tough task.

“Everyone at the club wants to pick up some wins so we can move up the table and prove that we’re a lot better than our league position suggests.

“Lee (Douglas) wants us to keep playing to the strategy, we haven’t turned in to bad players overnight, so we’re confident we will turn things around.”

With Tom Harrison and Blake Nightingale injured, Phil Stewart continues at fly-half, while Charlie Hoggard and Matty Else provide extra muscle in the forwards.

Youngsters Tommy Goodman and Joe Lenton are named as replacements, with Czech import Jan Tieber also on the bench.

SRUFC to play Doncaster Phoenix: Tom Ratcliffe, Harry Domett, Benji Cottle, Craig Farrell, Graeme Jeffrey, Phil Stewart, Zbynek Schutz, Nino Cutino, Mark Hopper, Paul Taylor, Mikey Readman, Phil Watson, Chris Purdy, Charlie Hoggard, Matty Else. REPLACEMENTS: Tommy Goodman, Joe Lenton, Jan Tieber.