COACH’S CORNER with Scarborough RUFC head coach Jason Lowde

CAPTAIN'S LOG with skipper Phil Watson
CAPTAIN'S LOG with skipper Phil Watson

Everyone at the club is eagerly awaiting this weekend’s derby day clash against our east coast rivals Bridlington

We have had a bit of a selection headache going into the game because we are at full strength apart from Ben Wilson, who is a long-termer.

Craig Farrell comes into the side, with Tom Harrison and Mikey Readman dropping to the bench. Alex Renwick will be in action for the Vikings.

We were hoping to include Nick Ingham in the squad, but unfortunately he is away.

At every level of sport derby day fixtures are massive.

A lot of people like to dumb them down, but I love them.

Brid will have upped their training this week and we will be going out there all guns blazing on Saturday.

They currently hold the upper hand when we have played in Scarborough because we have yet to beat them since our move to Silver Royd.

The issue is that I have played in each of them, so that is a little more annoying.

The lads will all be up for it though. They all enjoy this one because it is usually our best crowd of the season, sometimes you can get around 1,000 people there.

It starts early with the pre-match meals in the clubhouse and the banter levels will be high going into the game. No doubt the Brid officials will be showing their oneupmanship.

Fortunately the days of aggro at these games has gone.

We all know that Brid are an abrasive side, who put the pressure on their opponents and feed off this.

We will obviously be looking to counter that, but because we have a lot of young lads there will be no silliness.

We will just go out there to play good rugby in what we hope will be a good game.

Consistency is the key for us because it is something that we have lacked this season.

We were very poor in the first half against Heath last week.

We left the lads with no illusions at the break and they came back in the second half, at one point we pulled back from 25-3 to 25-15, before they scored a late try.

We are a work in progress and Heath were a completely different side from the one we beat comfortably earlier this season.

It was maybe just a bad day at the office and one we are keen to put behind us ahead of this weekend’s big game against Bridlington.