LEE DOUGLAS: We need to start playing as a unit

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

Saturday’s win at home to Doncaster Phoenix was another shining example of the potential we have at the club.

But yet again we didn’t perform to our full capability.

We have some supremely talented individuals at the club, but they need to start performing as a unit.

I wouldn’t say Saturday’s performance was good. There is a lot more to come from the guys and that is the frustrating element at present.

I thought we went out wide too early and didn’t stick to our gameplan very well. I like the guys to work in packs of four and that wasn’t evident during the game.

Having said that, it was pleasing to get the win.

On the plus side, the guys have really started to get stuck into their training and fitness is improving going forward.

We’re slowly but surely getting there, but I want more from the lads and it is time we started fulfilling our huge potential.

The guys really ought to be showing me more and we should have beaten Doncaster Phoenix by a more convincing scoreline on Saturday.

The most impressive thing for me since coming to the club is the really good team spirit there is among the lads at the club.

Everyone really gets stuck in and plays for each other and the cameraderie off the pitch is great.

We’re starting to see more players putting their hands up and throwing themselves into the mix for a place in the first team.

Matthew Oxtoby has really impressed me since coming with us.

He’s a really competent player and has really pressed his claims for a permanent spot in the side.

He’ll be with us again on Saturday and I hope to see even more from him going forward.

Another promising player who’ll be with us Saturday is Billy Parker.

I know he’s been with the first team squad in the past, but he’s a player who should have more appearances for us this season.

I know he’s had work commitments previously, but hopefully he’ll be another option for us going forward.

It’s always important to have good competition for places, and we seem to getting there now.

Coming to Saturday we host our good friends Bridlington at Silver Royd in the Yorkshire Shield.

Some might say the pressure is off with us being at home and it being a cup game, but one thing has been made clear to me since I came here and that is the guys are very, very ambitious.

The club has hopes of doing very well in the Yorkshire Shield and we will going all out to achieve those targets.

It is also important to get some kind of momentum and keep our good run of results going strong.

We can’t get complacent at the club or results will certainly suffer. We need to keep grafting week in-week out to keep our run going.

It’s always good to play Brid’ though. I just hope there is a better refereeing display this time.

When we beat them earlier in the season, the official was far from impressive.

It was a poor appointment as he had just been promoted to Yorkshire One level, but the game wasn’t helped by him at all.

Hopefully we’ll get a good crowd up at Silver Royd and it’ll be an entertaining match for everyone with the right result at the end.

Last word this week has to go to stand-in skipper Tom Harrison, who really impressed me Saturday against Doncaster.

He showed great leadership coming in as skipper of the side and really impressed me with his performance level.

But having said that, that is the level he should be playing at every week. If anything his performances upto that point were disappointing, going by his assets on the field.

He now needs to push on and show that level of performance for 80 minutes, hopefully starting this Saturday.

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