Scarborough Pirates 36
Barnsley Broncos 6
Two tries in two minutes midway through the second half put clear water between Scarborough Pirates and a spirited Barnsley Broncos side.
Firstly a clever interception for Harry Sleep on halfway saw the winger race 50 metres to touchdown under the posts on 54 minutes and virtually from the re-start a try of excellence that started with a burst up the left by Oliver Battye and quick play of the ball moving right to the powerful running centre Regan Stirk to complete the move of the game.
Jack Hakings’ boot put over both goals to extend the lead to 32-6.
The early play was dominated by the Pirates, with Jack Hakings and Jason Dunn instrumental in setting up some terrific play from the backs of the hosts.
Jack Johnson and Stirk were a threat from start to finish from centre and new boy Ali Sutton a constant threat with ball in hand.
On 11 minutes Johnson forced a Barnsley knock on, which set up the first try.
Martin Robinson darted quickly into a gap in the back line to set up Sutton to open the scoring.
Seven minutes later after Dom Brining crashed the line, Sleep raced 40 metres to score with Broncos in his wake.
Jack Hakings chipped over the easy goal to set Pirates on track, leading 10-0.
Robinson inflicted more pain on 23 minutes after Stirk side-stepped past the flailing Barnsley back-line, with Hakings again deadly with the boot.
The Pirates eased off the pedal and were to pay the price with Barnsley’s Gary Williamson being instrumental in setting up a kick and chase for Danny Bedford to chase down and dive on the ball ahead of Robinson at full back.
Mike Butcher added two and the Bronco’s had something to spur them on.
Dan Ljazouli and Stirk combined in the closing minute of the first half to create the platform for another superb passage of play.
Veterans Dunn and Keith Paddock raced forward with ball in hand ready to play, to set up the bullish Kane Seavers, who evaded the Broncos full-back to dive in the corner, securing a 20-6 half-time lead.
The Broncos had been rocked with a couple of bad injuries in the first period which affected their concentration.
A more positive approach saw them taking the game at the Pirates in the early stages of the second half.
Antony Paul latched onto a long pass and it took a strong last-gasp challenge from Tom Jenkinson to thwart him just metres from going over in the corner.
Williamson impressed with every touch of the ball to give the Pirates back-line plenty to think about.
Butcher used his initialtive much better, kicking long on five to turn the Pirates around.
Clearly a change was required, with Pirates coach Chris Keld throwing on Alex Conlin and Dave Douthwaite to drive the ball clear.
Debutant Ben Lawry began to grow in confidence with his new team-mates, taking the ball out of danger to the 30-metre line. Dunn tried a clever short kick which was gathered by Barnsley’s Paul.
The Broncos set up a gameplay to move the ball left quickly. It was from this play that the Pirates would secure victory. Firstly Sleep’s interception, then the move of the game completed by Stirk, put the game beyond the Broncos
Seavers completed the scoring with his second of the game on 70 minutes to earn him the nod for Man of the Match from Atlas Ward Managing Director Nigel Pickard.
The former Hull centre has improved with each game this season for the Scarborough side and collected the award for the first time this year.
Notable contributions came from stand-off Billy Parker, who drives his side forward at every chance. He is benefitting from the timed runs of Sutton and Stirk to open up spaces.
Douthwaite, Conlin and Brining were again unsung heroes with workmanlike performances in the forwards and Robinson has brought an assured head to the backs.
Williamson was selected as Broncos Man of the Match by sponsor Dave Ash, of Phoenix Builders.
The next Pirates action at Eastway Sports will be on Saturday July 23 with the visitors being local rivals York Loko for an epic derby encounter.