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Saturday’s Yorkshire Shield semi-final at Selby is Scarborough RUFC’s biggest game in recent years accoridng to Tom Ratcliffe.

The utility man bagged two tries and kicked two conversions and a penalty in Scarborough’s morale-boosting 22-19 win at Doncaster Phoenix on Saturday, their first league success of 2014.

Tom Ratcliffe's joy at scoring in the second half of the Scarborough RUFC 1st XV v Driffield, SSE Yorkshire Division One game at Silveroyd. Picture by Andrew Higgins  123558y   01/09/12

Tom Ratcliffe's joy at scoring in the second half of the Scarborough RUFC 1st XV v Driffield, SSE Yorkshire Division One game at Silveroyd. Picture by Andrew Higgins 123558y 01/09/12

Now Ratcliffe has his eye firmly set on Selby and booking a place in the final.

Ratcliffe said: “This is the biggest game in the club’s recent history.

“All the boys are really keen for this game to come around.

“There have been a lot of messages banded around between the lads and I know everyone is really up for this game.”

Ratcliffe knows Selby present a tough proposition for the Silver Royd men and they’ll need to be at their best to be in with a chance of making the final.

“Selby have beaten us twice in the league this season, so it will be a tough game,” added Ratcliffe.

“They have quite a mobile pack and a good set of backs, so we will need to work hard to nullify their threat and then try to get the ball in dangerous areas and exploit their weaknesses.

“We always get great support for away games, so it would be great to see plenty of familiar faces there on Saturday.”

Coach Lee Douglas has endured a frustrating start to 2014 after his first season at the club started with a bang.

The Shield represents his side’s last chance of having anything to show for their season.

Douglas said: “If the guys prepare properly, we have a great chance.

“It’s great to still have something to play for at this stage of the season and the guys are all ready for this game now.”

There is a supporters coach going to Selby, spaces are available by calling 01723 357740.