Scarborough Pirates lost out 19-16 at home to West Hull in a thrilling Yorkshire Men’s League premier division encounter on Saturday.
The Pirates were looking for their first win since stepping up into the premier division, and welcomed back Jack Hakings, who has had a superb season for Newlands Park in both Saturday and Sunday Leagues, to the side.
Both teams came out with an eager attitude, deadlocked at 0-0 for the first 20 minutes.
The Pirates struck first, with full-back Harry Sleep running a well-timed option runner to hit a gap with an unchallenged 10 metres to touchdown.
Millward failed to convert.
West Hull dug deep to find themselves 7-4 up at the half-time break, after using the wind well to really challenge Scarborough’s wingers and full-back.
Both teams came back out after the interval with a point to prove now, both desiring a win.
Forward Dan Stanley provided two great tries to put the West Hull side on the back foot.
The basics were not coming together for the hosts though and a the visitors took full advantage of a few fortunate to go 19-16 up.
Exceptional work and desire wasn’t quite enough, as the finishing 12-man Pirates could not hold out the Hull outfit.
The hosts’ stand-out players were Matty Young, Nicky Brining and man of the match Dave Douthwaite.