Scarborough Pirates edged out at Heworth in first game for over three years
Scarborough Pirates returned to action on Saturday with a hard-fought 24-20 loss at Heworth.
This was the team’s first match in over three years, but it was the home side who took the lead early on.
Zac Metcalfe’s side replied instantly through Liam Braithwaite, who crashed over from short range for 4-4.
The momentum was firmly in the visitors' favour as they took the lead for the first time in the game. Alex Paddock collected the ball and powered his way over the line for an 8-4 lead.
The Pirates defended resolutely and managed to hold onto their lead as half-time approached.
Heworth came out for the second-half and took full control of the game. They scored four unanswered tries to lead the game 24-8.
The reformed visitors began to mount an inspiring comeback as the game approached the final stages.
Substitute James Fleming managed to break through the defence and scored his first try of the season, with Paddock converting from out wide.
With the score at 24-14, Tom Read created space for Nathan Hakings who crossed over to reduce the deficit.
The try was converted again by Paddock, but it was too little too late for the Pirates and they fell to their first defeat of the season.
Player/coach Liam Braithwaite: “The lads showed great passion and determination, you wouldn't of thought we was a team that was out for three to fouryears, there was about five lads who made their first open age debuts and also a few more making their Pirates debut.
"Even though we lost, it was a performance I am very proud of, only losing by four points from a team two leagues above us.
"Toby Welsby had a solid performance winning man of the match but was close matched by Nathan Hakings, but the overall team performance was superb I just can't wait to get the season started.”