Pirates coach Lee baffled as Park march off

Pirates coach Adam Lee hands out the instructions
Pirates coach Adam Lee hands out the instructions

Scarborough Pirates player-coach Adam Lee has expressed his dismay after their opponents walked off the pitch during their Hull & District division one game at the weekend.

The Pirates were beating league leaders Haworth Park 34-4 when the away side were led from the pitch by their coach with 47 minutes on the clock, citing player protection as their reason for doing so.

Dave Douthwaite powers through to open the scoring for the Pirates. Action from Scarborough Pirates RLFC decisive win over Lambeth Lions, at Eastway on Saturday. Photo by Andrew Higgins 130121a    05/01/2013

Dave Douthwaite powers through to open the scoring for the Pirates. Action from Scarborough Pirates RLFC decisive win over Lambeth Lions, at Eastway on Saturday. Photo by Andrew Higgins 130121a 05/01/2013

A baffled Lee said: “I’ve never witnessed anything like that before and I’ve been playing rugby league since I was 11.

“It’s disappointing to see and it isn’t a good advert for rugby league to see teams doing that.”

Lee was also disappointed by Haworth’s post-match behaviour.

“It was bizarre. Their coach was stood taking pictures of the pitch,” he added.

“I went to speak to him and to their lads and they said their issue was with the referee and not with us.

“But then they didn’t stop behind for a drink like all sides are supposed to.

“It’s childish really, they spat their dummies out and left.”

Pirates captain Dave Douthwaite (pictured) also insisted the game wasn’t an overly-physical affair and that the alleged high tackle from Pirates man Jack Johnson wasn’t malicious.

He said: “I was right next to the tackle and the initial impact was on the chest, which is legal.

“I was surprised to see them walk off, it was a big fuss made over nothing really.”

Douthwaite suspects Park may have been rattled by the fact the Pirates are the only side to beat them this season.

He added: “We were always on top of the game and they might not have liked that.

“Both codes of rugby are tough, physical games, so it was surprising to see a team walk off during a game.”

Hull & District assistant secretary and disciplinary chairman Tony Randerson said the league are yet to receive formal written complaint from Park, and that he expects the Pirates to be awarded the game.

He said: “It’s subject to a management committee decision as it was abandoned before 60 minutes.

“Usually it would be replayed, but that usually only applies for a referee calling the game off, not a team walking off.

“My personal view is that the result will stand, but that is yet to be ratified.”