SCARBOROUGH RUFC go in search of their first victory of the Yorkshire One season on Saturday when they travel to Dukes Park for a derby encounter against Bridlington, 3pm ko.
Dave Beck’s side tasted derby-day defeat both times the teams met last season, the last game at Brid seeing the hosts emerge with a 26-18 win.
Bridlington sit top of the Yorkshire One table having secured wins against Pontefract and Huddersfield YMCA.
Scarborough are are still bedding in a number of new faces following a large turnover in personnel during the close season and will need to up their game on Saturday if they are to overcome the division’s early pacesetters and secure east coast bragging rights.
The Silver Royd club’s starting line- up for last week’s game with Castleford included no fewer than seven players who are new to the club this season.
However, there is no doubt that Scarborough’s new arrivals are all very much aware of the significance of the derby games with Brid.
Fly-half Tom Harrison said: ‘‘This is without doubt the biggest derby game of the season.
“There is quite a lot of pressure going into this one, especially for the new players who don’t want to let anyone down. We know that whatever happens Scarborough cannot be losing to Brid.’’
Rob James, another of the club’s recent signings, is also fully aware of the importance of Saturday’s encounter.
The Aussie centre added: ‘‘I was told when I first came to the club ‘Make sure that you beat Brid!’
‘‘I have been warned what to expect but I am used to playing in grudge matches and I am really looking forward to it.’’
Although there are plenty of positives to take from the first two league games, the fact remains that the Silver Royd club are still without a win.
Harrison continued: ‘‘There are only so many positives that you can take out of defeat.
‘‘The last three games have been like our pre-season and now we have all played a few games together there can be no more excuses.’’
Rob Hazledine will start at full-back at Dukes Park, replacing Graeme Jeffrey and Scarborough’s line-out specialist Wayne Adams comes into the second row in place of Matty Else.
Brid head coach Kieran Lawry is expecting a tricky game but is confident that his side can achieve a result.
Lawry said: ‘‘Despite their shaky start having lost both games, Scarborough will be heading to Dukes Park determined to give a good account of themselves.
‘‘I firmly believe however, that if we play to anywhere near our potential then we can make it three wins out of three and stay at the top of the table.’’