A Regan Stirk hat-trick was the icing on the cake of a superb performance by the Scarborough Pirates in their 42-6 home win against West Bradford Barbarians.
Stirk started his haul immediately, catching the swirling ball from the kick off, just 10 metres inside his own half close to the touchline.
He ran infield looking for a gap and with a quick side step, broke the defensive line with ease, racing away to score under the posts with no more than 15 seconds on the clock.
Tom Ratcliffe added the goal for an early lead.
Two further early tries were to dent the Barbarians hopes of an away day win, as Craig Farrell got into his cunning style, throwing dummies everywhere and acting quickly to play the ball to firstly put in Tom Jenkinson on the left wing to race un opposed to score and then to spring a gap in the line for Ratcliffe to capitalise.
Ratcliffe’s golden boot added the extra points for an 18-0 lead on 10 minutes.
Credit to the visitors as they raised their game to play their best rugby of the match.
Moving the ball out wide right they created chances quickly. Winger Karl Spring raced clear. He kicked as full back Harry Sleep closed him down and the referee Kenny Walton played advantage as Sleep clearly checked the run of Spring, centre Liam Jacklin raced on just coming up short of the line.
A second break through the right winger was thwarted by Adam Lee and Shane Young, forcing a knock on with a powerful hit.
From the scrum and early on the third tackle, Jack Hakings launched a huge kick up field as he spotted the Barbarians full back Kris Fawthrop up in the line. Hakings had noticed that Jenkinson’s pace was a threat.
Jenkinson chased hard and Fawthrop chose to kick the ball to touch rather than drop on the ball.
A costly error, as Martin Robinson at loose forward, gathered from the scrum re start to charge over to extend the lead to 22-0 on 34 minutes.
West Bradford seemed to be working to a game play, driving left to leave space right.
With half-time approaching this eventually paid dividends with the kick through again being deployed and Spring getting his try.
Reece Scott despatched the kick to go into the break trailing 22-6.
Groundhog Day arrived for West Bradford as the second half started.
Hakings cleverly kick a short ball the 10 metres, chasing up himself and gathering the ball in the tackle. Farrell popped up the ball to Stirk who again side stepped the static back line of Bradford to score in 40 seconds on the re-start.
Hakings took over the kicking responsibility with Ratcliffe off the field to restore the 22 point advantage.
The flags were at full sail, the Pirates turned up the pressure and the Barbarians had to continue to defend furiously to keep the score down. Jamie Broadmore had been a problem throughout as his crashing style sprung the defence time after time.
A Broadmore break seemed a certain try with Sleep backing up well, but in full flow, Broadmore could not find the composure to put in the full back.
As the quarter point of the game approached, Farrell again put in the elusive Stirk to complete his hat-trick, with Hakings boot adding two more.
Four minutes later, Farrell wriggled through three challengers to record his first of the day and sixth of the campaign.
The visitors’ misery was concluded as Ratcliffe chipped over a lovely ball for Sleep to add his name to the scoresheet in the final minute to complete a polished performance in front of a 300-strong crowd at Eastway 42-6.
Match Sponsors MKM and Phoenix Builders selected Jamie Broadmore as man of the match for his hard and committed display in the pack, an amazing performance considering it was a year to the day that he had broken his kneecap.
The sponsors apologiesd to hat-trick hero Stirk, who claimed the match-ball.
Team: Sleep, Jenkinson, Battye, Johnson, Marsden, Farrell, Ratcliffe, Douthwaite, Backhouse, Broadmore, J Hakings , Robinson, Stirk, Young, S Outhart, Lee, L Brining, D Brining.