SCARBOROUGH Pirates coach Chris Keld was proud of his team’s all-round effort in defeating Knottingley 48-22 at Eastway on Saturday.
Despite scoring from the first move of the game through the returning Sam Millward, the Pirates then paid the price for some sloppy play and were pegged back by the visitors for a while in a game sponsored by the Scarborough Evening News.
The home side then regained their composure and ran riot, scoring tries at will thanks to the superb play of Mike Picken and Jack Johnson, who scored two tries apiece, player of the match Jamie Broadmore and James Millward.
Keld said: “We made the perfect start when Sam scored in the first minute, but for a while we started to over-play and veered away from our game-plan allowing them to take control of the game.
“When we returned to the game-plan we had worked on in training we soon took charge of the game.
“Sam Millward was superb in his first game of the season, while his brother James, at scrum-half, was also at the centre of most of the action.
“It was a cracking team display by our lads, with second-row Jamie Broadmore, Jack Johnson and Mike Picken also playing very well.”
Keld added: “We have a big game on Saturday when we travel to face our derby rivals York Loko, who are leading the way in the Yorkshire Premier (East) table at the moment, so we will need to be on top form again for that match.”