Lowde’s men kick off with Acklam battle

Nino Cutino scored two tries for Scarborough
Nino Cutino scored two tries for Scarborough

Scarborough RUFC had their first pre-season run-out at the weekend, fighting it out in a bruising friendly clash at Acklam.

Jason Lowde fielded fielded 33 players, while their Northumberland/Durham One opponents had 53 to chose from.

Despite this, in a game of four lots of 20 minutes, Scarborough’s A team won 24-14 and the B side were edged out by 19 points to 17.

Tom Ratcliffe and Nino Cutino both scored a pair of tries for the A outfit, with Ratcliffe adding a couple of conversions.

Lowde said: “We took a bus to show the ethos, which is that we are all part of one club.

“Everyone mixed together, we had a good day and there was some great rugby played.

“It is a game under our belts, which is important and there wasn’t much respite either because we had a lot less players than they did. The lads dug deep though and the fitness work that we have done in pre-season definitely benefitted us.

“Ben Wilson had a good game for the A team, as did Luke Raines and Matty Young.

“For the B squad, skipper Alex Sharp and his brother Paul were outstanding, Nick Daley was elusive at flyhalf, Sam Warren did well in the backrow and Tommy Goodman impressed at prop in his first senior outing.”

Lowde is now anticipating another friendly test, which takes place on Saturday when Scarborough take the trip to play Middlesbrough.

The Teesside team are now playing in North One East after suffering relegation from the national set-up at the end of last season.

Lowde added: “It will be a similar sort of situation because we will be taking two squads.

“This time though we will have to take around 40 players, so a few decisions will have to be made.

“It will be a very big test for our players because they are obviously a very good side and they will probably be a little bit fitter than us as well.

“It is the perfect game to use as a yardstick to see how far we have come.”

The Middlesbrough game will be the final friendly before the season gets underway with a Yorkshire Shield tie with Selby.