Scarborough Pirates travelled to derby rivals York Lokos looking to return to winning ways after a five-week spell with no game,and they did just that with a comprehensive 44-18 victory.
Harry Sleep shone for Keith Paddock’s men, dismantling the Lokos defenders with four tries and having a hand in setting up two other Pirates scores.
It was Lokos who were to take the lead, after cries for obstruction from numerous Pirates defenders, a home attacker crossed to take a 4-0 lead.
Pirates responded not long after that with some good attack from forwards Zac Metcalfe, Nathan Hakings and Tom Read gaving them good field position.
They then received a penalty and good vision from Sleep saw him slide a kick behind the defensive line for Tom Burton to chase and ground for their first try.
The conversion was missed and the score was 4-4.
Sleep then grabbed his first try, good work from Scarborough’s forwards again gave new half-back pairing Joe Wallace and Alex Paddock space to work and good vision from Paddock saw him slide a kick behind the defence and Sleep was quickest to react, beating two Lokos defenders to score and give Pirates an 8-4 lead.
Sleep was then on the scoresheet again.
A good break from Jamie Cornish on the left wing saw him hauled down 20 metres from the Lokos line, a quick play of the ball saw supporting Burton evade two tackles and pass on to Sleep to score untouched under the posts.
Joe Messruther converted to give the Pirates a 14-6 lead.
York then crossed for a try of their own to cut the lead to just four points at half-time.
Scarborough had to shuffle players around, an injury to Joe Wallace meant Messruther stepped in the play half back.
The Pirates were soon on the front foot again, Sleep fed Tom Read, he took a well-timed pass to crash over with four Lokos defenders on his back,Cornish converted for a 20-10 lead.
Sleep then completed his hat-trick, good work down the left hand side from centre James Love saw him stopped metres from the try line.
Good work again from Burton saw him evade numerous tackles and pass onto Sleep, who still had work to do, dummying his way over for 26-14.
Hooker John Costine then crossed for the first of his two tries, dancing his way over from 10 metres out, evading numerous defenders.
The conversion was added and the Pirates led 32-10.
Scarborough then conceded two tries to bring the score within 12 points, but ferocious defence from coach Keith Paddock and captain Alex Paddock lifted the Pirates’ morale and they then went on to score 12 unanswered points.
Sleep rubbed more salt in the wounds and added his fourth of the game.
A quick tap from a penalty saw him ghost through numerous tackles and cross to the left of the uprights.
Alex Paddock took over kicking duties and converted to take the score to 38-18.
Costine then completed the scoring for the Pirates.
A chip over into the corner from Messruther saw the ball bounce kindly into Costine’s hand for him to score.
Paddock added the touchline conversion to close things at 44-18 to the Pirates.
Sleep was named as man of the match for the Pirates.
Coach Paddock: “What better game to end a long lay-off than this one. The break obviously gave everyone that passion back.
“I was happy with 90% of what we did. We were successful, but we were weak in defence in patches, which we need to work on.”