Keld delight at Pirates success

Action from Scarborough Pirates' victory   Picture by Neil Silk  sn122456a 16/06/12
Action from Scarborough Pirates' victory Picture by Neil Silk sn122456a 16/06/12

Scarborough Pirates took a step closer to Yorkshire Group Four glory on Saturday with a victory against previously unbeaten Sheffield Hillsborough Hawks.

Coach Chris Keld was a happy man after the fiesty affair, which saw his side show plenty of character.

Scarborough Pirates A team skipper Kev Walker drives on against Knaresborough. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn122455b 15/06/12

Scarborough Pirates A team skipper Kev Walker drives on against Knaresborough. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn122455b 15/06/12

He said: “It was a very good performance in a game we really wanted to win.

“Sheffield made a good start to the game, their line speed in defence really caused us problems and put us off our game.

“We came back into it though when we started playing wide of the ruck and this really frustrated them.

“Things got a bit heated and I was a little disappointed that we retaliated because they brought us down to their level.

“Overall it was a real team effort, at one point, for disciplinary reasons, we only had 10 players on the pitch, so the lads deserve a lot of credit for keeping it tight.

“I thought Tom Ratcliffe was outstanding, that was definitely his best game since he started playing for us.”

The Pirates may be storming clear at the top of the table, but Keld isn’t yet counting his chickens.

He added: “I don’t want to look too far ahead at the moment, but I am confident that we will be up there at the end of the season.

“Over the next few weeks we have to play some games against teams from different leagues, but these games still count as points in our division.

“For some reason we play against teams from the division above, while Sheffield have games against the league below, so we’ll have to see how that goes.”

The victory capped an outstanding day for the club, as the A team also bagged a victory against Knaresborough in the first of a double-header at Eastway.

Keld said: “It was a great day with some great rugby played.

“For saying the weather wasn’t the best there was still a great turnout of people watching the games.

“Hopefully when the weather picks up later in the season the crowds will continue to improve.

“It really is a good day out.”