Pirates sunk by strong Allerton Bywater side

Scarborough Pirates

Scarborough Pirates suffered a 46-10 loss at Allerton Bywater in the Yorkshire Men's League third division on Saturday.

Scarborough travelled to Allerton for the second game of the campaign, and with a few returning players, such as Drew Govier and Nicky Brining, the team was looking good on the training ground ahead of the fixture.

Allerton Bywater struck first with an unfortunate bounce seeing the West Yorkshire side walk over, six minutes in.

Pirates in typical fashion rallied together for a quick response, seeing new arrival Jon Costine cruise over for a try, with the conversion missed.

The opening 20 minutes was very end-to-end, strong, fast, and edge of your seat rugby, and going into half time it was only 10-4 to Allerton.

The forwards were working hard, including Joe Messruther, Limo Braithwaite and captain Dave Douthwaite.

A few changes saw the Pirates very much on the back foot, strong defence at points holding back Allerton as best they could.

Fitness, structure and lack of communications were at fault for a quick flourish of unopposed tries.

With a handful of lads making vitals errors a few sloppy penalties were conceded, which saw the Pirates fall a few scores behind.

Strong ruck-work and handling skills from veteran Chris Keld and sharp crisp deliveries from Nicky Brining saw the Pirates lads start to cause a few problems down each wing and from centres.

Full-back Harry Sleep collected an early pass on halfway and he sprinted his way round and through three defenders for a comfortable try under the sticks.

Injury ravaged the visitors, Joe Holliday breaking a finger, Carl Stephenson picking up a knock and Nicky Brining receiving a gouge to the eye, which saw an Allerton player shown a red card, and play the last 10 minutes with only 12 men.

On this occasion the Allerton outfit were too strong and fast with their punishments right until the final whistle, as they raced to a 46-10 win.

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