Pirates power past Skirlaugh Bulls

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Scarborough Pirates secured a 36-16 home win against a young Skirlaigh Bulls side to move into third place in the Yorkshire Mens League premier division.

The Pirates were boosted by the inclusion of veteran Craig Farrell and union star Tom Ratcliffe for the game at a sun-drenched Eastway.

Skirlaugh struck first with a well-worked try from winger Alex Foster to put the Bulls in front shortly after kick-off, and also furthering the tally to 16-6 at half- time with home winger Tom Jenkinson picking a try with blistering pace to bring the score within reach at half-time.

After the interval, both teams were falling victim to the heat, and the aggressive pace of the game.

Scarborough started to take control with a try from captain Dave Douthwaite, and full-back Harry Sleep picking up points for the Pirates team.

Jenkinson then started running riot, picking up two more tries to complete a strong hat-trick and seal a 36-16 win with Ratcliffe successfully kicking all five conversions, some from very tight angles.

The Skirlaugh team battled hard with a very young set of lads, also Jim Douthwaite, for the Pirates, had a blinding first team debut!

Skirlaugh awarded Sleep with the man of the match award for consistant kick returns, gaining 20-plus metres each time.