Scarborough Pirates claimed a superb 29-16 win at Hull Dockers.
The Pirates went on the road to tackle the Dockers and once again they found it hard to keep the hosts at bay as the visitors were slow out of the blocks.
Like the previous week’s game a series of penalties gifted the opposition the opening score.
The mistakes continued and Hull put another six points on the board before the Pirates were finally stung into action and Craig Farrell blasted through to give them their first points. Tom Ratcliffe converted.
The Pirates still hadn’t got their game together though and Hull were using quick play-the-ball to wreak havoc in the Pirates midfield.
Another score from Hull, some stern words from Coach Chris Keld and the Pirates responded, this time captain Adam Lee forceed over from close-range.
The Pirates were starting to get their act together now and after a good drives from Jamie Broadmore and Sam Hakings, the ball went wide and Tom Jenkinson touched down.
Ratcliffe converted from the touchline and the half ended 16-16.
The second half began much better with the Pirates controlling the ball, cutting out the penalties and getting to grips with Hull’s fast play. Scarborough began to play some fast, flowing rugby with Jack Hakings and Martin Robinson making inroads into the Dockers defence.
It was the Pirates who were now attacking quickly from play-the ball and a clever slip pass from Brining fed Robinson to go over, Jack Hakings converting.
The Pirates defence was tested by Hull during this period but was superbly led by Farrell and some big hits from Alex Conlin and the effervescent Jack Johnson kept them at bay.
The game was still evenly balanced with 10 minutes to go when Dave Douthwaite broke the line, support was there in the form of the inevitable Ratcliffe who raced through to put the Pirates two scores clear. Ratcliffe converted his own try.
With time almost up the Pirates found themselves on the Hull 20 and on the fifth play the ball went back to Ratcliffe for a cunning drop-goal to put the game beyond doubt.
The final whistle went and the Pirates had won a thoroughly entertaining and hard-fought match.
Coach Chris Keld refuse to give a man-of-the-match on the grounds that this was a great team effort and everyone had played magnificently.
However there were two performances that are worth mentioning.
Firstly Farrell, whose experience and canny play, especially in defence, holds the team together when they are under the greatest pressure, and secondly Martin Robinson, stepping in as fullback in place of the injured Harry Sleep, whose Pirate spirit was never better illustrated than his try-saving tackle in the final moments and whose attacking verve was a thorn in Hull’s side all day.