Scarborough RUFC’s youngest senior players will once more be stepping into the breach for Saturday’s first game of 2016 at West Park Leeds.
Seven teenagers will be in the squad to face Yorkshire One’s bottom club as the Silver Royd club’s injury list rules out seven regular first-team players, at least a couple of them until next season.
With James Leach, Paul Taylor, Phil Watson, Tom Harrison, Harry Domett, Alex Renwick and Anthony Coffey all crocked, Jacob Young, Jack Ireland, Ben Martin, Drew Govier, Hayden Ogilvie, Toby Welsby and Jordan Wakeham who are all under 19, turn out for the Seasiders.
Park were promoted from Yorkshire Two at the end of last season but have struggled on their return to the Yorkshire top flight.
The west Yorkshiremen went into their last game of 2015 without a Yorkshire One win but surprisingly beat fellow strugglers Yarnbury 22-11 away from home to end a run of 11 straight defeats.
Former Silver Royd favourite back-row Chris Lee, now at West Park, played a big part in the game.
Scarborough won the corresponding fixture 31-23 at Silver Royd back in September thanks to tries from Tom Harrison, Matty Young and Drew Govier.
Harrison, who was injured in the penultimate game before Christmas and misses Saturday’s game also added 16 points with his prolific boot.
With such a long injury list, the gods of the infirm haven’t looked kindly on the Seasiders this campaign, however coach Lee Douglas’ faith in his young charges bodes well for the second half of the season.