Ingham stars on Pirates debut

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Former Scarborough RUFC skipper Nick Ingham shone on his debut for Scarborough Pirates A team at Eastway on Saturday.

Ingham collected the man of the match honour in the Pirates’ 36-28 defeat of South Humberside Rabbitoahs, despite the game being his first rugby league outing for 20 years.

He is now looking to push on in the sport, learning his trade along the way.

Ingham said: “I played in a friendly game between the firsts and the seconds a couple of weeks ago, but this was my competitive debut.

“It was my first game of rugby league for 20 years, I’m new to the club and new to the game. It is a case of easing my way into it.

“I am learning as I play, I’ve been putting in the tackles and the yards, the main thing it I’m enjoying it.

“The good thing is there is no pressure. Having been captain at Scarborough RUFC, that role does include a lot. For the Pirates I am just playing rugby.

“I do have a lot of friends at the club as well, including Craig Farrell, Tom Ratcliffe and Nick Burgess , and that is making it easier to slot in.

“It is good to be able to watch the experienced players like Keith Paddock as well, it gives you a great insight into things.”

Ingham is another advocator of the revolving door between the rugby league and rugby union clubs.

He added: “Scarborough RUFC and the pirates are two clubs, there are two codes and two different games.

“There is a lot of work being done behind the scenes by Dave Marsden and Craig Farrell, allowing a mix between the two.

“The Pirates are a great club, so if the players move between the two then it will be good for everyone.”