In front of a large Hull crowd at Haworth Park, Scarborough Pirates defeated a very useful Hull side 36-28 last weekend.
The game was evenly matched with both side fielding some old heads along side a wealth of young players, which is what the merit league is all about.
It was Scarborough who broke the deadlock on 10 minutes when Carl Stevenson pounced on a grubber kick provided by Al Paddock, with no kick added the score was 4—0. Scarborough were to go further ahead on 18 minutes when Alex Collins found the gap and raced in from 25 metres, Dunn adding the goal to make it 10—0.
The Pirates looked to be firmly in the driving seat on 23 minutes when Stevenson yet again found himself on the end of a well-placed kick to score an unconverted try to extend the lead to 14—0, however from an infringement straight from the kick-off, Haworth were allowed back in the game with a try out wide which was unconverted.
Two Rugby union converts Shane Young and Nick Ingham, who was playing his first game of rugby league, took to the field and the fresh legs made an immediate impact when, following good field position, Jason Dunn and stand-off Castleton moved the ball out wide resulting in Lee Wilson getting pulled down just short of the line but Dave Byerley finished of the play with a try which was converted by Dunn to make it 20—4.
Haworth restarted and Scarborough lost possession which resulted in Haworth’s hard working prop powering over for a fine converted try bringing the half-time score to 20—10.
The second period started with Scarborough showing great style and progressing further ahead when strong forward play from Sam Millward, Keith Paddock and Kev Walker set up good field position for the backs to throw the ball out for Kieron Tindall to score a fine try in the corner with no goal added.
Still Haworth spurred on by the crowd stepped up their game and a spell of ill discipline from Scarborough allowed them to gain ground and with their young stand-off starting to dominate play he scored the first of his two tries which followed by the conversion brought the score back to 24—16 on 53 minutes.
Haworth seamed to sense victory at this point and began to pepper the Pirates’ young fullback Al Paddock with the high ball, but he was well an truly up to the task returning it with ease. In fact he was to get the next score when the forwards lead by his dad Keith and Nick Ingham along with Alex Collins powered forward and he finished off the move running in from 15 metres, the goal was added now it was 30—16.
Haworth still didn’t allow this set back to bother them and it was the young stand-off to score next getting his second of the match and adding the points it was now game on at 30—22.
Scarborough were now beginning to lose control of the game and following the lost of two injured players the home side began to take advantage when they scored another converted try with seven minutes remaining bringing the game to within two points at 30—28.
From the restart Haworth looked to knock on but the put in at the scrumage was given to them, with time now ticking away they tried to catch fullback Paddock out by kicking long from the scrum possession, he however was again up to the task and ran it back into their half then produced the perfect pass for centre Sam Hakings to beat two men and race 40 meters to score a converted try under the posts to make the final score 36—28.
The man of the match was awarded to Ingham by the Haworth coach and both sides were congratulated in his speech for a fine game.