Pirates bounce back to tame the Tigers

RUGBY LEAGUE ---  Scarborough Pirates A vs. Garforth Tigers, played at Eastway Sports and Social Club, Eastfield. // Scarborough try from Zac Metcalfe. Saturday 4th July 2015. HARRY ATKINSON
RUGBY LEAGUE --- Scarborough Pirates A vs. Garforth Tigers, played at Eastway Sports and Social Club, Eastfield. // Scarborough try from Zac Metcalfe. Saturday 4th July 2015. HARRY ATKINSON

Scarborough Pirates A continued their impressive form with a 36-28 home win against Garforth Tigers.

The Pirates were a bit slow to get out of the blocks, as Garforth ran in two tries in the first 15 minutes and looked the better side.

RUGBY LEAGUE ---  Scarborough Pirates A vs. Garforth Tigers, played at Eastway Sports and Social Club, Eastfield. // (l-r) Mark Campling, David Busley and ALex Paddock. Saturday 4th July 2015. HARRY ATKINSON

RUGBY LEAGUE --- Scarborough Pirates A vs. Garforth Tigers, played at Eastway Sports and Social Club, Eastfield. // (l-r) Mark Campling, David Busley and ALex Paddock. Saturday 4th July 2015. HARRY ATKINSON

In the 19th minute big prop forward Zac Metcalfe crashed over the line to open the Pirates account for the afternoon.

There was some very physical defence from both sides, but Garforth gave way and 17-year-old hooker Toby Welsby stole in for a try.

Four minutes later Welsby scored another to make the half-time score 18-10.

Early in the second half Garforth stand off evaded some lacklustre defence and poached one to trim the Pirates’ lead back.

At the restart Garforth fumbled the ball and a foot race ensued, Mikey Simpson beat their winger and touched down for his first ever try in rugby league, that was swiftly followed by a try from Alex Paddock.

Garforth came charging back and levelled the scores at 28 apiece, but good kicking from Alex Paddock put the Pirates back in front.

With time ticking on, Keith Paddock drove the ball in to be held short, where some smart thinking by Welsby put great ball out to the short side to 17-year-old Marcus Paddock to beat a couple of defenders to squeezed in on the wing.

A bit of foul play gave us a penalty within kicking distance for Alex Paddock to get us another two points to wrap up the win.

A delighted Keith Paddock said: “This was by far the toughest game we have played this season.

“They caught is napping early on and put a couple past us. That was a wake up call and the lads really responded well.

“The heat was unreal and really took it out of you. But I’ve got to commend the lads attitude to work hard and get us a win.

“We have three lads that have stepped up form the under-17s team with Jim Douthwaite playing his first game last week. They have taken to open age really well.

“We don’t have a game next weekend as Guisley Rangers had to pull out of the league late this week. So we will be cheering the first team on instead.”