Coach Lee hails play-off success as his greatest in a Pirates shirt

Pirates player-coach Adam Lee warms up for their big play-off final. Picture: Peter Smith Photography

Pirates player-coach Adam Lee warms up for their big play-off final. Picture: Peter Smith Photography

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Proud Scarborough Pirates coach Adam Lee has described his side’s 38-26 play-off win against Hunslet at Castleford’s Mend-a-hose Stadium on Saturday as his finest moment in the club colours.

Lee’s men battled back from conceding an early lead to beat a determined Hunslet side 38-26 and seal promotion to the Yorkshire Mens League premier division.

Lee said: “It was the best day I’ve experienced, both with the Pirates and playing rugby league.

“I’ve played at Twickenham for the Royal Engineers and had some great days with the Pirates, but Saturday tops the list.

“Everything from the amount of people who came to support us, to the performance and the way the day was organised, it was brilliant.

“It had the hairs on the back of my neck up, it was special.”

The Eastway side were roared to success by around 200 travelling supporters, who Lee paid tribute to.

He said: “I was a bit overwhelmed by how many people came over to support us on the day.

“We had about 200 there and they made a huge difference. They were like our extra man and they played a massive part in our success.

“I have to thank them massively for coming. They were brilliant, made loads of noise and I know how much it meant to the lads.”

Lee is now looking forward to seeing his side challenged by the step-up to the premier division, but the player-coach expects the Eastway side to more than hold their own.

He added: “It’ll be good to be able to get a solid pre-season in with the lads with us not playing in the winter league this season, so that will make a big difference.

“I watched the premier league final after ours and they looked a bit sharper and fitter than the group one teams, but I expect we’ll be able to match the sides up there.

“We always aim high and next year will be no different for us.”

Lee also thanked the club’s sponsors and also All Points Electrical Services after they weighed in to buy the players special warm-up tops for the final.

Lee added: “The continued support of our sponsors is much appreciated. We couldn’t run without them.”

Another one of the Pirates’ sponsors, Sinclair Heating, pledged £10 per point the Pirates scored to the Ellie’s Fund charity, even rounding the figure up from £380 to £400 after their win.