Douglas confident as Kiwi pair arrive

Scarborough RUFC's new Kiwi signings. From left, Blake Nightingale, skipper Phil Watson and Benji Cottle
Scarborough RUFC's new Kiwi signings. From left, Blake Nightingale, skipper Phil Watson and Benji Cottle
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Confidence is high among the Scarborough RUFC ranks heading into Saturday’s season opener at Keighley, according to new head coach Lee Douglas.

The Silver Royd side have enjoyed a superb pre-season after beating Driffield before beating Old Rishworthians 44-7 in the Yorkshire Shield.

They open up their Yorkshire One campaign with a tricky tie at Keighley on Saturday, but Douglas, who has Kiwi pair Benji Cottle and Blake Nightingale available after their arrival this week, is confident of a good result.

Douglas said: “We’re really looking forward to getting going now.

“Keighley will be a tough test for the lads but we’ve got a fairly strong squad here and have had a good pre-season, so hopefully we can carry that forward now.

“I’m excited to get going. I couldn’t have asked for more from the lads in pre-season, they have been more than receptive to the new ideas I’ve tried to implement and have really taken to the patterns of play I’m trying to adapt.”

Douglas has been excited by what he has seen since taking on the role of head coach at Silver Royd at the end of last season, and is adamant that the first team aren’t looking to settle for mid-table obscurity in Yorkshire One this season.

Douglas, who once coached Scarborough’s East Coast rivals Bridlington, added: “We want to do something in Yorkshire One this season.

“What that something is will be up to the players and their efforts on the pitch.

“We’re certainly not there to make up the numbers though, that’s for sure.”

Douglas’ confidence is shared by skipper Phil Watson, who goes into his second season leading the side with bullish ambition.

Watson is delighted with how pre-season has transpired and is chomping at the bit to get under way now.

“We’re got high hopes this season at Scarborough,” said Watson.

“Confidence is high after a good result on Saturday in the Shield and Lee (Douglas) has really stamped his authority on the team since taking over.

“Things are looking good and we’ll be hoping to get a good start in at Keighley.”