LEE DOUGLAS: Joe Marshall will get his chance

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We had the frustration of our game at North Ribblesdale being called off last weekend.

Unfortunately that means we won’t be playing our much anticipated Yorkshire Shield semi-final at Selby this coming weekend anymore as the league schedule takes precedence.

We have to get on with it though and just remember that it’s the first game we’ve had called off so far this season, and when you consider the amount of rain we’ve had, that’s not a bad effort at all.

The guys just have to re-focus on North Ribblesdale again now.

Yes, it will be tough to forget about the Shield semi-final for a few weeks, but we have some important league games to play in the meantime.

There’ll be no changes to our side from that which we named last week, and the guys should be going there full of confidence and without any fear.

Yes, North Ribb is a long old journey and sometimes that can have a negative effect on a team going to play there.

But they’ve been on a bit of a poor run and seem to be sliding down the league, so if the guys perform well and stick to the gameplan, we’ll no doubt come away with a positive result.

I think the extra time we have before the Selby game will suit both sides to be honest.

We’re both good rugby sides who like to play a fast, expansive game, and it would be a much better game if we can get on a decent surface.

So hopefully the next couple of weeks will allow their pitch to dry out a bit and the semi-final will be an exciting affair.

Selby have very good backs and we have a good spread of talent through our side, so it promises to be an exciting cup tie.

It also gives us the chance to have a little look at some players in different positions and some different players.

Those will certainly include young outside-centre Joe Marshall, who would have had his chance by now in better circumstances.

Joe has really impressed everyone in training and in his matches with the club’s youth sides, and I certainly hope that when his chance does come that he carries that ability and confidence forward.

The club have also started to work towards promoting women’s and girls rugby in the area, which is absolutely fantastic news.

Promoting and expanding the game, whether that be with seniors, juniors or women, is exactly what we should be doing as a club.

Scarborough RUFC is a fantastic club and I have absolutely no doubt that the women who are involved in the early stages will receive all the help they need from the club’s fantastic support staff and volunteers.

There is only one way this can go and that is up.

It’s great that we’re trying to get more women playing the sport.

It is a great sport and we should be doing all we can to get more people involved, especially at Scarborough.

There is a hell of a lot of talent in the area at all levels and it’s great that the club are now looking to get the women and girls involved.

Who knows, we might unearth another star like Zoe Aldcroft.

If we get a national or county representative in the near future then it’s certainly paid off and a job well done from everyone involved.

So good luck to all the girls involved and to any other females who are keen to try a new sport, give rugby union a go, you won’t regret it.