Battling Pirates lose out at Cutsyke

Zac Metcalfe went over for one of Scarborough Pirates' tries
Zac Metcalfe went over for one of Scarborough Pirates' tries

Scarborough Pirates' trip to Yorkshire League Division Two leaders Cutsyke raiders proved to be one to forget.

The Eastway-based club went down by a 58-16 scoreline, due mainly to the fact that the match-day preparations went out of the window.

Keith Paddock said: "We travelled to the game in cars and one car got stuck in traffic meaning we had to delay kick off. That meant that pre-match preparation wasn't the best.

"Overall it was one of those game where the score does not reflect the game. I was proud of the lads.

"We have lost our regular stand-off and scrum-half for the rest of the season which meant young Joe Holliday and Joe Messruther were put in their place, they both did very well.

"The team was a young side for the majority of the match, but they contained and outplayed a big aggressive physical side.

"Our forwards were strong and defended hard, the backs moved the ball well and also defended hard.

"I need to give a mention to Tom Burton for his fearless attack and defence and Nathan Hakings, his ball carries were strong taking three or four players to stop him every time.

"There are a few things to rectify for next week."

Cutsyke came out all guns blazing with some really strong running from the forwards and quick plays of the balls, which left the Pirates three tries down in the first 10 minutes.

The Pirates then woke up, kicking to Cutsyke's young winger who knocked on giving the Scarborough side great field position. They kept play close to the ruck in centre field and hooker Nicky Brining spotting Marcus Paddock, who stepped over uncontested.

From that point on the Pirates dominated the game for the last 20 minutes of the first half and first 20 of the second.

Front-row forward Messruther crashed over and big Zac Metcalf did the same to put the Pirates within four points.

A poor defensive read left a gap behind the play of the ball letting Cutsyke's second row glide through the line to score.

This didn't faze the Pirates at all and the desire was there for all to see.

With about 15 mins to go Cutsyke started to get a bit niggly, with their front-row allegedly taking a swing at Messruther after a crunching tackle from the Pirate. Messruther reacted and it ended in a 26-man free for all. Messruther got a yellow putting the Pirates down to 12 men.

This put a twist on the game, with a strong support egging their side on Cutsyke turned up the heat.

The Pirates suffered a trio of blows late in the game in the shape of injuries, which allowed Cutsyke to run riot and finish the job.