Bullish coach Douglas aiming for unbeaten 2014

Lee Douglas is bullish about Scarborough RUFC's chances in 2014
Lee Douglas is bullish about Scarborough RUFC's chances in 2014

Scarborough RUFC coach Lee Douglas insists his side can go unbeaten throughout 2014 if they play to their potential.

Douglas’ men host Heath at Silver Royd tomorrow, and the coach isn’t just aiming for a win to start the year in fine style, he wants them to go the full year without losing a match.

“We want to beat Heath to send out a message to the rest of the league that we’re quietly going about our business and want to kick-on,” said Douglas.

“I want to finish 2014 with an unbeaten record, and I know that is a bold thing to say but this team are definitely capable of doing just that.

“In every single game we’ve played this season we’ve shown that we’re better than the opposition.

“But then at key moments we’ve switched off and played some awful rugby.

“It’s now about putting in some more consistent performances and that starts with Heath tomorrow.”

The Scarborough teamsheet has a very different look about it to that of the back end of 2013, with former rugby league professional Craig Farrell making another return to action, alongside youngster Joe Lenton, who has impressed for the Vikings and gets his chance to step up into first team action on the wing.

Douglas is buoyed by the return of skipper Phil Watson after a lengthy lay-off with a broken arm. Watson slots in on the bench alongside youngster Tommy Goodman and Czech international scrum-half Zbynek Schutz.

Douglas added: “It’s like having a new team.

“Craig is an exceptional player and it’s a massive plus to have him back playing.

“He was involved in our friendly win at Driffield and was head and shoulders above everyone else on the park, so it’s great to have him back in.

“Craig is not only a good player, but he’s a strong lad and is also very vocal which will help us out also.

“Phil has been missed and it’s great to have him back in the squad for Heath and Joe has been going about his business in the Vikings and deserves his shot.”

Scarborough squad to play Heath (2.15pm kick-off): Jeffrey, Ratcliffe, Cottle, Lenton, Farrell, Harrison, Rollinson, Taylor, Williams, Pickering, Oxtoby, Ingham, Purdy, Nightingale, Hoggard. Subs: Watson, Schutz, Goodman.