SIX tries in the latter stages of the first half saw Scarborough Pirates sail away to a superb 40-20 victory over an under-strength York Loko.
A brace from Kane Seavers and tries from Tom Jenkinson, Billy Parker, Sam Millward and the returning Dan Stanley set up the double win over York in this season’s derby games.
It was York Loko who drew first blood with Arran Thompson skipping through the lacklustre central defensive line of the Pirates on seven minutes to touchdown under the posts. Thomas Storey dispatched the goal and was to add two more with a penalty five minutes later to edge 8-0 into the lead.
Coach Chris Keld brought Dom Brining and Ali Sutton on to increase the running power, with York only having two replacements available to them, this was to prove to be a turning point. With the visitors looking for a breather, the Pirates struck with telling effect.
The impressive Jack Hakings put Billy Parker into a gap and as he drew the full back he spun out the ball to centre Kane Seavers to dart home on 20 minutes. Jack Hakings took charge of the goal and the lifted Pirates began to take command. It was Seavers again four minutes later who buried under legs after good tackling from Jack Johnson, had won his side a scrum put in forcing a York knock on.
The tidal wave kept flowing at the bewildered Loko when Billy Parker spotted space and broke through to off load to prop Dan Stanley to score on his return from a lengthy injury lay off, Jack Hakings again adding the extra two points.
The swashbuckling Jack Hakings was deadly and accurate throughout the game with pinpoint kicking on the fifth tackle. It was his lovely weighted punt of 30 metres that slowed perfectly in goal for speedy winger Tom Jenkinson to chase and touchdown on 30 minutes.
The scoring continued on 34 minutes with a right wing break that involved Johnson and Parker exchanging passes, with Parker put clear after a lovely lobbed pass from Johnson. Jack Hakings again struck the goal.
As half-time approached the game was put beyond York with Sam Millward’s strength too much to handle, seeing him crash over then slot the goal to take the home side in at half time 34-8
Things were to get worse three minutes into the second half when Harry Sleep side stepped his way past four York defenders to score under the posts. Millward added the goal and at 40-8 the crowd expectations were more tries.
This was not to be the case. Jack Johnson was given a yellow card and sent to the sin-bin by Castleford referee Andrew Johnston after a second high tackle. Johnston had previously warned the enthusiastic centre to keep control of his arm in the tackle as his arm kept sliding upward, unintentionally, endangering the opponent.
York made the most of the spare player, playing their best rugby of the afternoon.
Tom Storey was influential in setting up the breaks for Tom Gargan and Gareth Evans. The Pirates worked hard in defence with both Oliver Battye and Sleep called upon to put in try saving tackles. The pressure continued with Storey going over, then full back Matty Turner, with Storey adding both goal attempts reducing the deficit to 40-20.
Coach Keld put on giant prop Keith Paddock and youngster Ben Owram to good effect as in the first half, just as Loko began to run out of steam. Credit would stay with the visitors as the scoreline was to remain the same despite the several Pirate breaks.
Match Sponsor, Darren Brining of DB Decorators selected loose forward Tom Storey as Loko’s Man of the Match and for the Pirates Jack Hakings, whose kicking both from and hand and dead ball were excellent and proved to be a key part to his team’s victory.