Tom Jenkinson shone as Scarborough Pirates claimed a 28-10 victory at home to Beverley.
In extremely difficult conditions on a waterlogged Eastway pitch Pirates shocked a capable Beverley side who had defeated them by the same scoreline early in the season.
In their usual fashion the Pirates felt the need to give Beverley a flying start by handing the ball over during their first set, and then slow line speed allowed the Beverly winger Calvert to score in the corner and the kicker also added the goal to see the Pirates 6—0 down after four minutes.
The restart saw Beverley making good yards through their big but mobile forwards and with the scrumhalf adopting a good kicking game from the start Scarborough’s fullback Alex Paddock was always under pressure, Beverley were now camped on Scarborough’s line, But the Pirates came up with some punishing defensive play through the likes of Keith Paddock, Nathan Hakings and Jack Johnson, who began to put himself about, instilling confidence in his young teammates.
The Pirates managed to clear their line thanks to brave running from the centre partnership of Alex Collins and Carl Stevenson who came into the line to give the hard working forwards a rest.
Beverley continued to run the ball down the middle, and the game was evenly fought in the centre of the park between two very resolute packs who would not give an inch despite the very muddy conditions, Scarborough’s scrum-half Josh McNeil directed young forwards Tom Read and Joe Hitchcock onto the inside ball allowing them to run the angles and this seemed to create the required gaps, But on 23 minutes it was Nathan Hakings that got Jenkinson away on his first run to the line only to be pulled up for crossing.
Adam Lee, playing at stand-off, began to direct play out wide and with Keith Paddock leading by example against his former club the mix of forward and back play was beginning to pay dividends for the Pirates which frustrated the Beverley outfit and tempers began to flare, Jack Johnson was now revelling in the Physical side of things and spurred the forwards onto concentrate on being the same, which paid off on 35mins when Scarborough had drove Beverley back into their 20 meter zone, and when Lee was awarded a penalty for a high tackle on him, a quick tap saw Keiron Tindall drive for the line to be pulled down short, from the play the ball Nicky Brining’s long ball to Adam Lee saw the standoff chip a clever ball forward for Tom Jenkinson to sprint and touch down for a well-deserved try, the kick was missed and with no further score the game was poised at 6-4 to the hosts at the break.
At the break player-coaches Keith Paddock and Adam Lee had stern words for their young charges for yet another slow start, and demanded the hard tackling should continue, the order of the day was to get the ball out wide and continue to contain them down the middle of the park.
The Pirates Kicked to Beverley to restart the second half and with a good chase and bruising tackling they kept Beverley in their 10 meter zone forcing the early clearance kick which Full back Alex Paddock collected cleanly and ran it back to their 30metre line, Tom read took the drive to Beverley’s 20 meter and was awarded a penalty when he was given some attention from their prop. Adam Lee called the play and took the quick tap, with the forwards running the decoy play, the ball was passed the full width of the pitch through every pair of hands before Tom Jenkinson was sent in at the corner for a great try and Josh McNeil stepped up and “slotted” the ball over from the touchline putting the Pirates ahead for the first time at 10—6 on 48 minutes.
The restart was again well-controlled by the Pirates with James Fleming taking the drive and beating two defenders, Keith Paddock time and time again drove the ball in against the hard tackling that Beverley were able to provide in the middle of the park, but once those “hard yards” had been achieved the quick hands of hooker Nicky Brining, Josh McNeil and Adam Lee were beginning to create havoc out wide, and it was this play that sent Alex Paddock through the gap to kick ahead and with Harry sleep in support he sprinted 40 metres to score near the posts and McNeil’s kick making the score 16—6 on 55 minutes.
Beverley looked even more determined following this score but with the Pirates now completing their sets and adopting a good kick and chase game Beverley were struggling to get their hands on the ball with good field position.
It was Harry Sleep who was to score next following a massive hit from Carl Stevenson causing his opposite number to lose the ball, Sleep scooped the ball up and raced 70 metres, taunting the defenders on his way, with an easy conversion and the score at 22—6 the Pirates needed to just keep working hard to get the result.
With both wingers Sleep and Jenkinson now on two tries each it was game on who would complete their hat-trick, and that was very nearly Jenkinson when from the restart he beat four would-be defenders and crossed the field to his opposite wing, Alex Paddock spotted the move and went to support him on his inside as Jenkinson sprinted down the wing with only the full-back to beat, He selflessly delivered the perfect inside pass to Paddock for him to race in under the posts to complete the Pirates scoring, as McNeil stepped up and completed his fourth kick of the game.
The last action of the game saw Beverley’s hard-working forward Lee Falcus getting a good consolation try bringing the game to an end at 28—10.
After the game coach Adam Lee told his players that it was their “Brick wall defence” that had won them the game, and he was absolutely right, if they continue to develop and work hard at training they will see the results on a weekly basis, they must however get over their slow starts.
The man of the match was awarded to Jenkinson, closely followed by Sleep. Both were a credit to a hard-working side,
This result takes the Pirates to fourth in the table, just one place above Saturday’s opponents Bilton Sully’s who will be looking to avenge the defeat at Eastway when the Pirates knocked them out of the cup.