Selection headache for Lowde

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Scarborough RUFC head coach Jason Lowde has been having a few selection headaches ahead of this weekend’s North Yorkshire derby at York.

Only Ben Wilson and Corey Dennis are missing from his squad, as both are suffering from knee injuries, and Lowde is boosted by the return to the bench of Charlie Hoggard, Tom Harrison and Ian Williams.

Lowde said: “When you sit down at a selection meeting and work at that Matty Else and Nick Ingham will be playing in the second row for the third team it tells you that things are going the right way.

“Nick is a former first team captain, while Matty is a first team stalwart, but they haven’t been able to train, so we have had to go with the ones that have been there.

“I think they have taken it well and I’m sure they be back up pushing for a first team place in a few weeks.

“Our training sessions are still going really well, we cancelled Thursday night, but on Tuesday we had 20 down, despite the fact that it was pelting it down with rain.

“There have been a few selection headaches, but it is nice to be in that position.”

Lowde believes his side may be over the concentration problems that blighted them earlier in the season, when they conceded a number of early points.

He added: “A lot of it was down to concentration, we just didn’t focus in the early part of the game.

“Other than Huddersfield, not many teams have taken us apart, but conceding those points early on did cost us in a lot of games.

“The Wath game a couple of weeks ago showed that our structure as a team was stronger. We took the lead early, they came back, but we held firm for the victory.”

The Scarborough coach has now conceded the title, but he still has big plans for the rest of the season and the future.

“The title is out of our reach now, but I still want to finish in the top four of the division,” Lowde added.

“After Christmas we will start analysing the season, looking ahead to next term and the players we might need.

“At the moment we have an abundance of forwards, so we might need to bring in a few backs.

“I’d rather have 18 guys that graft rather than a couple of superstars because then you don’t have all your eggs in one basket.

“We do have Tom Ratcliffe who brings that bit of flair to open teams up, but we also have lads that will put the shift in, for me that’s exactly what you need.”