Flying start for Scarborough RUFC’s Tom Ratcliffe

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SCARBOROUGH RUFC star Tom Ratcliffe is enjoying an impressive debut season at Silver Royd.

The flying centre has been a revelation since joining the Seasiders in the close season following his switch from the other code of the game.

When Ratcliffe crossed the Huddersfield YMCA line for the match-winning score in Saturday’s Yorkshire One clash, he scored his 20th try of the season in the process.

The former rugby league star, who has been nicknamed ‘Trycliffe’ by his teammates, said: “It has been really good fun so far this season, I have been lucky enough to score a few trys and I am pleased with how it has gone.

“I have never really been particularly prolific in the past, I did score a lot of trys at university but that was mainly due to the standard being quite poor.

“I’ve been told that the leading try-scorer last season got nine, so I am pretty pleased with my tally so far.”

Scarborough’s Director of Rugby, Mike Holder, is also delighted with Ratcliffe’s try-scoring exploits.

He said: “We are really pleased with Tom, he has done very well.

“As a team we were really short of trys last season, it has been quite a few years since anyone has scored as many trys as Tom has.

“In the past we have had quite a few players who have topped the 20-try mark.

“Ian Warwick scored somewhere in the region of 35 trys in a season during the 1990s.”

Ratcliffe has played in a couple of different positions over the course of the season, but has made a seemless transition to union rules after switching codes from rugby league.

Ratcliffe continued: “I don’t mind playing on the wing or in the centre. I am happy to play anywhere that I am needed to help the team.

“Obviously rugby league is a different game but I feel I have adapted quite well.

“Lots of aspects are very similar, it is just a case of adapting certain parts of your game to suit playing union.”

Ratcliffe is looking for Scarborough to finish off their season in style, starting with Saturday’s home clash with Pocklington.

He added: “The ambition now is to end the season well and see how high up the Yorkshire One table we can finish.

“I think that we are pretty much safe now, we don’t need to be worrying about relegation and coming off the back of two wins, confidence is high going into the Pocklington game.

“We lost narrowly to Pock at their spot earlier in the season, but we had a lot of players missing that day.

“It looks like we will be close to full-strength on Saturday and we are looking forward to it.

“The forwards battle will be key, our pack needs to match theirs and then get the ball out to us so that we can run their backs ragged.”

Corey Dennis returns on the wing for the visit of Pocklington, with Luke Raines and Nino Cutino restored to the pack and Wayne Adams taking his place amongst the replacements.