SCARBOROUGH skipper Nick Ingham is expecting Castleford’s new look side to be looking to avenge last season’s Silver Royd mauling when the two teams meet on Saturday.
Dave Beck’s charges ran Castleford ragged last time they made the trip to the east coast, trouncing the West Yorkshiremen 50-11. However, Cas have strengthened their squad in the close season and Ingham is expecting a different game this time around.
Scarborough’s captain commented: ‘‘We gave Castleford a fifty point drubbing last time they came here but we are not underestimating them.
‘‘They have recruited over the summer and they are going to be out to prove themselves after what happened last season. I am sure they will still be smarting from that trouncing.
‘‘However, we are confident. We played well at Driffield last Saturday and we are traditionally very strong at home. We are expecting a good turn out for the first home league game of the new season and it is always nice to win in front of a big home crowd.’’
The Silver Royd side are still bedding in a number of their own new recruits following a large turnover in personnel since the end of last season.
Ingham said: ‘‘We are in a transitional phase at the moment. We have lost so many important players from last year and it is never easy fitting so many new faces into a team. It takes time for everyone to settle in. Players are still getting used to one another at the moment but we have made some quality signings and the signs are already very encouraging.
‘‘All of the team, the new players included, have been training very well. There is a fresh look about the squad and we did really well against a strong Driffield side last week. There were so many positives to be taken from that display and there is definitely a buzz about the team going into Saturday.’’
Tomorrow’s game will be of particular significance for former Castleford forward Phil Watson. Scarborough’s new number eight faces his previous club for the first time and Ingham commented: ‘‘It will be a huge game for Phil and he will obviously be looking to put in a performance against his old side.’’