Scarborough RUFC fly-half Tom Harrison hoping to break Ribb’ run

HIGH HOPES ... Tom Harrison Picture by Andrew Higgins  114058zz
HIGH HOPES ... Tom Harrison Picture by Andrew Higgins 114058zz

SCARBOROUGH RUFC fly-half Tom Harrison is looking for his side to extend North Ribblesdale’s winless away run when they visit Silver Royd this weekend.

Saturday’s opponents have lost all 10 of the Yorkshire One fixtures that they have played away from home so far this season, and sit third from bottom in the league standings.

Harrison said: “North Ribblesdale have lost their last few games and haven’t won away from home all season, but that doesn’t mean that we will be taking anything for granted.

“We are confident that we can put in a performance and get a result though.

“We have won our last two games and we are looking to carry on winning.

“We have managed to generate a bit of momentum by winning back-to-back games for the first time since October and we need to keep it going and finish the season strongly.”

Scarborough lost out 28-27 to North Ribb’ when the sides met in October in a game that the Seasiders had more than enough opportunities to win comfortably.

Harrison is keen to make amends for that defeat this Saturday.

He continued: “North Ribblesdale is a hard place to go. It is a really long trip from Scarborough and when we visited them earlier in the season we were held up by a car crash, which didn’t help our preparation for the game at all.

“We ended up losing out by just one point at their spot, but we really should have won that game.

“We had three or four great try-scoring chances but didn’t finish them off and managed to lose the match. We are looking forward to putting that right on Saturday.”

Scarborough welcome Phil Watson back into their squad and stick with the same centre pairing of Marcus Edwards and Tom Ratcliffe that was due to start against Pocklington last week.

Harrison said: “With Marcus and Tom outside me it gives us a great opportunity to go out and play some attacking rugby.

“Having Phil Watson back in the squad is a bonus as well.

“Phil can’t play every week due to work commitments but whenever he plays he always makes a big difference.”

After their last two fixtures were cancelled due to bad weather, Scarborough’s players are raring to go ahead of this week’s game.

Harrison added: “It was great to blow away the cobwebs at training on Tuesday and have a run out and do a bit of contact work.

“It has been frustrating not playing for a few weeks, all the lads just want to get back out on the pitch now.”