LEE DOUGLAS: New faces have sparkled this season

SRUFC coach Lee Douglas' column
SRUFC coach Lee Douglas' column

Despite the injury problems that have checked our progress this season, there are still plenty of positives to discuss.

I think a sixth-placed finish in the Yorkshire One league table is a fair reflection of our performances this season, as we have been hampered by the loss of key players such as Harry Domett, Tom Harrison, James Leach and Paul Taylor through injuries.

Not having the likes of Taylor, in particular, hit us hard as he has a big effect on the team. A lot of the other players look up to him, and he leads by example.

Losing Phil Watson halfway through the season also robbed us of another leader.

But then when you see how well the likes of Isaac Faamau and Liam Murray have played after joining us this season, this has been a great boost for us, and Allesandro Zavatti also impressed when he got himself into the team after getting fit, he looked like a different player.

The younger lads who have stepped into the first-team have been immense for us throughout the league campaign, and with four of them heading to university after the summer, they will be sorely missed.

Hopefully, they may be able to come back home to Scarborough on the odd weekend to help fill in when we have players injured or unavailable.

It is great to see the junior side of the game going so well at Silver Royd.

When these young lads step up and get to gain experience at such a great club it is very good to see.

I think we need to realise what a great club we have here with an excellent atmosphere, and a club which is actively involved with the community.

Saturday’s last-gasp loss at Selby must have been good for the spectators as it was a ding-dong battle.

The referee made some strange decisions throughout, which affected both sides, but I cannot see why he awarded the injury-time penalty which secured the win for Selby.

You have to credit the hosts as they gave their all and they thought they needed a win to stay up, but as it turned out they would have escaped relegation anyway.