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No regrets for star forward Sam Scott as York City Knights battle against drop
SAM SCOTT insists he has no regrets about joining York City Knights – and remains determined not to go from champ to chump in the space of a year.
Scott was part of the Sheffield Eagles side that lifted the Kingstone Press Championship crown in 2012, before he and team-mate Simon Brown made the switch to Huntington Stadium.
However, while the Eagles now sit on top of the table heading into this year’s play-offs, York are rooted to the bottom, and defeat at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium tomorrow night will see them relegated to Championship One, prior to the season finale at home to Batley on Sunday.
“I’ve enjoyed it at York. There’s a great set of lads here,” stressed the 23-year-old when asked if he rued making the move.
“Being where we are is not what I expected – we have underachieved a bit for one reason or another.
“I don’t think we should be at the bottom, but it is where we are. Hopefully we can dig ourselves out of it.
“We’ve got to win the next two games and hope for the best. We’ve just got to concentrate on winning at Doncaster and then think about Sunday. It’s a big week.”
Scott himself has been one of the successes of the season – the second-row tops The Press Player of the Year leaderboard. As for the team’s woes, he said: “It’s certainly not what we expected.
“A few months ago we were doing well, sat in sixth or seventh place and beating sides like Featherstone at home. It’s been disappointing, and we’ve only got ourselves to blame.
“The amount of times we’ve come off the field and said, ‘How have we lost that game?’ – it’s very frustrating. We haven’t had much luck but it’s our errors that are costing us.”
York are currently on a nine-game losing streak, though several of those matches have gone down to the wire – leaving head coach Gary Thornton to label his team “nearly men”.
Scott reckons a victory a few games ago would have brought safety by now.
“We’ve got into a losing habit but if we would have got one win, I’m sure we would have strung two or three wins together,” he said.
“It comes down to individual errors. The amount of times we’ve been in a position to win games – we should be winning. But then we can’t complete a set in the right area, or we can’t take our chance. Making errors and conceding on the back of them is increasingly regular.
“It maybe boils down to confidence, when you’re stood behind the sticks after a try thinking ‘here we go again’. But you’ve got to get out of that mentality.
“We have to stay positive. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves.”
The Knights beat Doncaster at home earlier this term, and the club’s last away win over pro opposition came at the Keepmost Stadium, albeit some 18 months ago.
Said Scott: “That does help with confidence. We know we’re capable. We know we’ve been capable over these past two months. We’ve shown against the best sides that we’re capable. We pushed Sheffield reasonably close, we beat Featherstone earlier in the year, we’ve had two close games with Halifax. The quality is there. It’s a case of not consistently delivering.
“We can win both of these games coming up, we know that. We could win them and still not stay up, but we can only concentrate on ourselves and then hope – and we’re owed a bit of luck.”
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