PHIL WATSON: Next few weeks are massive for the club

Scarborough RUFC skipper Phil Watson
Scarborough RUFC skipper Phil Watson

Saturday was our worst performance of the season as we drew 21-21 with a very strong North Ribblesdale side.

The worst thing to come out of the game was the injury to stand-in captain Nino Cutino, who might have to have surgery on his broken thumb.

Nino has been superb since I got sidelined and has stood into the skipper’s role brilliantly.

It is a huge blow that he’ll now be out for a long period of time, and we’re not exactly blessed with a lot of depth in the forward department at the club.

We have so many options in the backs and can call upon a lot of capable people to move into the team and try and claim the shirt, but we don’t seem to have many forwards.

From what I hear from Tom Harrison, our under-17s are a very strong side, so we will maybe start to look at them after Christmas.

You have to be 17 to play senior rugby and 18 to play in the forwards, so they’re nearly there.

Looking ahead to the next few weeks, we have some very important games coming up that could shape our season.

We travel to Old Brodleians this Saturday for what will be a very tough game yet again.

We’ve then got Doncaster Phoenix and Bridlington coming to Silver Royd for some more crunch games.

With the players we have missing, it is really important that the lads who come into the side pull their socks up and help us get some wins on the board.

With both myself and Nino out of Saturday’s game, maybe Christopher Purdy will finally get his chance to captain the side.

He’s been a huge asset to the club over the years and would no doubt do a great job if he was given the responsibility.