Pirates slip to home defeat against Terriers

Scarborough Pirates in action
Scarborough Pirates in action

Scarborough Pirates slipped to a 36-10 defeat in their opening Yorkshire Mens League Division Three game of the season against Boothtown Terriers.

The Pirates were not aided by the fact that DaveByerley suffered a nasty knee injury during the game.

The Pirates try to take down their man

The Pirates try to take down their man

Both teams made strong starts to the game, with some solid, crunching defence and good ball movement.

Scarborough were first to crack, letting in a soft try as a result from some sloppy marker work.

The game began to switch from end to end with some good exchanges, but once again Scarborough buckled and conceded another try.

With 20 minutes on the clock, substitute hooker John Costine scored with his first touch of the ball on his debut, this unconverted try left the score at12-4.

With spirits lifted, the Pirates put together a couple of completed sets, half-backs Chris Keld and Joe Holiday switching the ball from one side of the field to the other for centre Alex Paddock to put full-back Jamie Cornish, running a sweet line, through a huge hole only to pulled for a forward pass.

Forwards Nathan Hakings and Dave Douthwaite were to strong for the Terriers to deal with running up huge metres.

Again good movement and holding up of the defensive line saw opposite centre Harry Sleep put the ball out to winger Carl Stephenson with only the line in front of him, took a shot from a sniper and fell short of the line knocking on.

Boothtown picked up from a scrum and skinned the Pirates wing and centre to race for the line and score.

Scarborough although behind 16-4 on the board, were definitely on top on the field.

The second-half was very similar, with Scarborough running hard, Jamie Fleming Liam Braithwaite, Zac Metcalfe and Joe Hitchcock bagging loads of metres.

Fatigue was setting in midway into the second half and this led to Scarborough conceding in four more tries.

In typical Pirates style, with a never-give-up attitude, full-back Cornish took the the first hit up from a penalty.

He earned another penalty to scoot 50 metres up field, with centre Sleep backing up to take the next drive and hot foot his way over the line to complete the scoring.

Coach Keith Paddock said: “I was very pleased with the lads’ efforts. We didn’t know what to expect with this team being new to summer rugby.

“They are from rugby league heartland and were competing in the premier division of the Pennine League, so I knew the would have some pedigree.

“Saying that they were no better than us, they just did things a bit smarter.

“We had some really good shape in the first half, causing them a lot of problems we just couldn’t complete.

“I think we just tired in the second half which just compounded our mistakes.

“There was some really big performances from a number of our boys.

“We wish Dave Byerley well as he had to be taken to hospital with a hyper extended and dislocated knee.”