LEE DOUGLAS: I’m hoping for a repeat of my Shield success with Bridlington

Scarborough RUFC coach Lee Douglas' weekly column
Scarborough RUFC coach Lee Douglas' weekly column

All roads lead to York for our Yorkshire Shield final against Ilkley on Sunday.

Nothing really changes, it is another game, but there will obviously be a different feel about it.

There will be a buzz about the place as the guys are all really excited to get out there now.

But we need to keep things as normal as possible and prepare the guys as well as possible.

They’ve been working hard on their fitness and hopefully it will show on Sunday.

I’ve been here before when I was coach of Bridlington.

We won the Yorkshire Shield in my last season at the club and I’m certainly hoping for a repeat performance this weekend.

One thing we all know is that a mediocre performance will not do.

We need to be at our very best in order to stand a chance of beating Ilkley.

The forwards are always where a game is won and lost, and that will be no different on Sunday.

That physical confrontation is key, and the guys in the forwards will need to front up and meet Ilkley head on and win that battle and create some good ball for our backs.

We have some exciting backs who we hope will do some damage.

They will be looking to do exactly the same though.

We’ve obviously lost our captain Phil Watson, and that is a blow.

I haven’t decided who will replace him and lead the side out on Sunday just yet.

We have plenty of candidates in the squad to do that task and I’m sure whoever get the nod won’t let anyone down.

Our supporters have been fantastic this season.

You can’t go anywhere in our league and not see familiar faces everywhere.

I hope all our supporters enjoy their day on Sunday.