Lee Douglas: Frustrating end to a frustrating campaign

Scarborough RUFC coach Lee Douglas
Scarborough RUFC coach Lee Douglas

We went down to Pontefract with an almost jovial attitude and that was reflected in the performance.

They wanted it a lot more than we did, and while it was disappointing to lose the game, you can often ask too much of a set of players.

Perhaps a few had one eye on the summer break, I think a lot of players switched off last week.

This season has had plenty of ups and downs.

It’ll be nice to put the feet up for the summer break, but we are already putting in the hours behind the scenes to put together a squad capable of challenging for promotion next season.

That is the number one aim for next season - promotion.

We certainly want to give it a go, and while we’ll need to improve the squad slightly, it will take a huge effort from everyone involved.

There’s a good feel about the place at the moment, and it would have been a whole lot better had we beaten Bridgnorth and were heading off to play at Twickenham this weekend.

We are putting together a good team, and it’s important that the nucleus of the side are local lads.

If you’d have offered me the season we’ve had in September, I’d have said no.

There have been disappointing aspects, it was especially disappointing to lose five games right at the death, we can’t have that going forward.

The guys need to learn to see games out when necessary.

We had some good outings in the National Intermediate Cup, but I wouldn’t describe losing in a semi-final as a success, especially as I thought we were the better side for 70 minutes against Bridgnorth.

Our best performance had to be the win against Blackburn in the quarter-final. We controlled the game from start to finish and were superb that day.

Our worst performance had to be the home defeat to Malton.

We were on a good run of form and to be outplayed in the manner we were was incredibly disappointing.

I have to finish on a positive note. We have some superb young players coming through at the club.

James Leach, Hayden Ogilvie, Jordan Wakeham and Joe Marshall are continually improving and it’s great to see.

They’ve cemented their places in the first team and I hope they’ll kick on next season.