THREE tries in 13 minutes just after half-time put Scarborough Pirates in a commanding position in a Yorkshire Premier East second versus third place match, at home to Knottingley Rockware.
Firstly Mike Picken skipped home after quick work from scrum-half James Millward and shortly after Billy Parker combined with Sam Millward and Jamie Broadmore to create a chance for hooker Chris Backhouse to go over.
The Millwards combined minutes later with Sam bullocking through and using all his experience to pop out a back-door pass to younger brother James to touchdown.
James Millward’s trusty boot continued to be lethal and the Pirates lead by a clear 18 points at this stage.
The game kicked off in swirly wind with the Pirates putting a deep ball into Knottingley territory Billy Parker pounced.
Quick play of the ball resulted in the travellers failing to halt the giant Sam Millward from scoring virtually immediately from the start.
The visitors came straight back at the Pirates and the impressive centre Aidan Silburn crashed through to draw level, with Danny Parrish kicking the goal.
The Pirates seemed determined to play entertaining rugby and at times threw some silly ball, when it surely would have been better to take the tackle.
The game swung from end to end with both sides working hard in defence. Tom Jenkinson went close with a darting break up the wing, but knocked on just short.
The powerful Broadmore and Sam Millward, created the next try, bouncing through to set up Billy Parker on 31 minutes to dive in to score. Minutes later, Broadmore was to be returned the favour with Keith Paddock and Sam Millward setting him up to crash in.
Knottingley deservedly clawed back into the match with Silburn again going over and Parrish pulling the deficit back to just 6 points just before half time – 18-12
The next 13 minutes were to be the turning point with the tries of Picken, Backhouse and James Millward, but Knottingley’s resolve was strong.
Silburn completed a fine hat- trick and Davy Holton added the goal to pull back to 36-18.
The home side were now in full flow, Paul Taylor and Saul Seavers added further strength making bursts up through the centre and Picken came into the line at every opportunity.
Broadmore made a superb burst to race 30 metres, to be halted by full back James Mitton just short.
The Pirate pressure was unrelenting. On the fifth a high ball from James Millward was touchdown by the speedy Picken.
The impressive Picken then made an amazing break, collecting a long kick, he set off diagonally across field evading three tackles to set up Jack Johnson to go over in the corner.
The Knottingley lads kept plugging away to their credit.
The veterans Chris Wagstaff and Kev Fellows combined on 75 minutes, with a clever kick through from Wagstaff being touchdown by Fellows for a consolation try.
With the clock ticking down Johnson went in for his second of the game to complete the scoring and a fine win 48-22.
Match sponsors The Scarborough Evening News named Jamie Broadmore as Man of the Match with matchball sponsors the Board Inn at Whitby giving Aidan Silburn the award for the away side with three tries and ending on the losing side.