Scarborough RUFC player-coach Craig Farrell keen to build on derby win

LEADING BY EXAMPLE ...  Scarborough player-coach Craig Farrell on the attack in the win against York Picture by Neil Silk   113881a 24/09/11
LEADING BY EXAMPLE ... Scarborough player-coach Craig Farrell on the attack in the win against York Picture by Neil Silk 113881a 24/09/11

Scarborough player-coach Craig Farrell is looking for his side to build on last week’s win over York when they travel to Pontefract on Saturday.

Scarborough recorded their first league victory of the season at the fourth time of asking when they triumphed over their local rivals by a 22-8 scoreline last Saturday.

Pontefract have slipped to consecutive defeats in their last two outings but they sit one place and two points ahead of Scarborough in the Yorkshire One league table having started the season with victories over Huddersfield YMCA and Pocklington.

Having secured their first win of the season, Farrell feels the Scarborough squad are now in a more positive frame of mind ahead of this weekend’s clash.

The Former Hull FC, Hull KR and Batley ace commented: ‘‘The victory over York has given us a lot of confidence and we are looking forward to the trip to Pontefract.

‘‘We know that there are still elements of our game that we have to improve on and we are looking to build our performances over the coming weeks.

‘‘We played smarter rugby on Saturday than we have been doing in previous weeks, we were playing in the right areas.’’

Farrell was quick to point out that the Silver Royd side must not get too carried away with Saturday’s result and should guard against complacency.

Farrell commented: ‘‘It is very important that we don’t fall in love with ourselves after one win.

‘‘We realise that we will have to be right on it in every game this year as Yorkshire One is so competetive, but we are capable of beating every team in the division on our day.

‘‘We do however need to be more clinical and finish any opportunities that present themselves.’’

Scarborough have bolstered their squad by recruiting a number of new faces in the close season.

Farrell is of the opinion that there is now strength in depth within the squad which should provide healthy competition for places in the first XV.

Farrell continued: ‘‘We have got a lot of good players in the squad and the competition for places will hopefully spur each individual on to better performances each week.’’

Farrell made his return to competitive action in Saturday’s win after eight months on the sidelines.

Although the Scarborough centre produced a man of the match performance anchoring the midfield and organising Scarborough’s back line, Farrell was just happy to get some game time.

He added: ‘‘On a personal level I was just pleased to get through the game unscathed as it was my first competetive match since January after knee and hamstring problems.

‘‘I really enjoyed being on the park again and was happy with my contribution. Hopefully I will be able to put some back-to-back performances together now.”