Captain Tom eyeing positive start at Selby

New Scarborough RUFC skipper Tom Ratcliffe
New Scarborough RUFC skipper Tom Ratcliffe

Scarborough RUFC’s new captain Tom Ratcliffe is hoping his side can make a flying start to their Yorkshire One campaign at Selby on Saturday.

Ratcliffe led his team to a 22-13 win in the Yorkshire Shield at Barnsley last weekend in his first competitive game as the club’s new captain.

But the skipper admits their trip to Selby will be a lot tougher than their cup tie in South Yorkshire.

“Selby away is one of the toughest games of the season, we will need to be at our best to get anything,” said Ratcliffe.

“Saturday was a good start for us. We started slowly but grew into the game, and the fact they were scoreless in the second half says a lot really.

“They (Selby) get a lot of vocal support so we will need to start well if we’re to get anything out of the game.”

Ratcliffe has captained sides before, but never at a club of the size of the Silver Royd outfit, and it’s a task he is relishing.

He added: “I have done it before, but never at a club as big as this.

“It hasn’t changed the way I train or prepare off the pitch as I get there early and practice my kicking and loosen up anyway.

“I suppose it’s been made a bit more difficult with trying to encourage lads to get to training as much as possible so we can get off to the best possible start.

“I’ve also got some good guys around me to help out.

“I had Nick Ingham with me on Saturday, who has captained the club before, so it was good to have his experience available to me.”

Ratcliffe is delighted that the club are taking three of last season’s under-17s squad to Selby with them this weekend, and he is adamant if they play well they will keep their places in the side.

“We have Jordan Wakeham, Joe Marshall and Hayden Ogilvie with us, if they do well they will keep their shirts, it’s as simple as that for them,” added Ratcliffe.