Jason Lowde’s column: Having Nick back is a massive boost

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I was really pleased for all the guys on Saturday. They’ve been putting massive amounts of effort in week in-week out and to end our poor run was a huge boost.

It was a great afternoon for everyone at the club and was a very enjoyable game.

As people who were at Silver Royd for the game or read the report on the Scarborough News website this week, I was forced into putting my boots back on and naming myself on the bench.

We had to make a few last-minute adjustments and the Vikings had already left for their game, so team manager Dave Smith suggested I was named on the bench and I was happy to do so. All the hard work was done by the time I came on.

Tom Fish and Tommy Goodman were outstanding out there and I just had to do my bit and fill in really.

It was great to get involved with the lads in a bit of a different way though. It’s good to know that the guys know that I am always there to fill in and put my effort in.

Having Nick Ingham back in the ranks is a big, big boost for everyone at the club. Nick brings both physicality and commitment to the ranks.

He is always first to the breakdown and he always gives 100 per cent whenever he steps on the field for Scarborough RUFC.

It’s great to have him and all his experience back and he did well again against Dinnington on Saturday.

We travel to face Old Brods on Saturday and that represents a very tough challenge. They beat us earlier in the season at Silver Royd so we’ll be out to avenge that defeat.

We’ll need to do one or two things differently come Saturday though. They had a very impressive forward pack and we failed to control them properly.

Their pack was young and full of energy, but they were also a big set of lads and we struggled a bit in the first half against them.

Their number eight was very impressive and looked to pick and run a lot, so we’ll keep Nino Cutino in the back row at open side to try and take care of him.

Sam Warren is back on the bench and I’m going to start with the team that finished the game on Saturday, they deserve it.