One of Scarborough’s longest serving players, Nick Ingham is ready to grab his ‘last chance’ to play at Twickenham with both hands.
Scarborough RUFC host a rampant Blackburn side in the last eight of the National Intermediate Cup at Silver Royd on Saturday, and despite the visitor’s impressive season to date in the North Lancs/Cumbria League, Ingham insists the hosts will go into the game with no fear.
“Blackburn might be on a good run, but they aren’t putting 100 points past the teams in our division, so there won’t be any fear on our part,” said Ingham.
“They have a three-hour journey over here, which won’t be helped by the A64 being closed, and then they have to play on our pitch in front of our supporters.
“Home support could be huge for us so it would be great to get a bumper crowd at Silver Royd for the game.
“I’ve had people who don’t even watch rugby coming up to me and asking about the game, so there’s a lot of interest in it in the town, which is great.
Blackburn might be on a good run, but they aren’t putting 100 points past the teams in our division, so there won’t be any fear on our partNick Ingham
“This is probably the biggest game I’ve been involved with at the club.”
Ingham, a former club captain, has been receiving many plaudits for his performances this season, and he’s hoping to carry his good run of form into Saturday’s huge cup clash.
He added: “I’m enjoying my rugby this season and I hope that continues.
“It’s great to be able to play without the pressure of captaincy, which Tom Ratcliffe is doing a great job with, and I feel I’ve been putting in good performances.”
The big forward admits the current side doesn’t have any superstars of the likes of Craig Farrell, Ruan Ras or Marcus Edwards, two of the men Ingham has shared a Scarborough dressing room with, but is full of praise for the team-ethos of the current set-up.
Ingham added: “This side doesn’t have any superstars, so we know we can’t rely on them so we all contribute.
“We have a team of quality players , I’m confident we can do the business.”
Ingham admits this is last chance saloon for him to get to Twickenham after he missed out on playing there for The Navy.
“This is my last shot to get to a big cup final, to play at Twickenham would be exciting,” added Ingham.
“We have a long way to go yet, we have to get past a good Blackburn side on Saturday and then another game to win.
“We can’t take our eye off the challenge of beating Blackburn on Saturday.
“Everyone knows we’ll need to be at our best to win, but we’re up for the task.”