RUGBY LEAGUE: Pirates coach Paddock proud of efforts despite Trinity defeat

A Pirates player runs into an Ossett opponent. Picture: Steve Lilly.
A Pirates player runs into an Ossett opponent. Picture: Steve Lilly.

Scarborough Pirates suffered a 42-16 against an experienced and physical Ossett Trinity side at Eastway.

The visitors brought a large and vocal following to Eastway with them and started the game on the front foot.

Their physical approach worked wonders as they took a commanding lead over their youthful hosts with just 20 minutes on the board.

The hosts rallied and battled back into the game and Marc Campling crossed the whitewash to get Keith Paddock's side on the scoreboard, Joe Messruther landing the conversion.

Another well-worked try for the Pirates saw the ball switched from one side of the field to the other for youngster Tom Burton to cross out wide, this time the conversion was missed.

In the final minute big prop-forward Zac Metcalfe powered over the line with a number of defenders on his back trying to ground him.

Jamie Cornish was named as the Pirates' man of the match.

Coach Paddock was proud of his side's efforts despite the defeat.

He said: "It was a tough game for us again. They were a very big, physical side who brought very vocal support and I think this got to the younger players a bit.

"After the first 20 minutes we settled into the game and matched them and it became a even game.

"It was a tough game to watch at time. The first 20 minutes were difficult for the lads, they were working hard putting the big contact in, but were just struggling to cope with their pace.

"Before the match I asked the forwards to give more effort than last week and they did that, and they were boosted by the return of workhorse Nathan Hakings.

"We were very soft last week in the forwards today they more than matched the opposition.

"Ossett are a well established club with a huge amount of players including ex-professionals and semi-pros, so I was very proud of how the lads played."

The Pirates face a bumper schedule over the next week as they play two games in four days with a home match this Wednesday against Keighley Albion, 6.30 kick off, before an away trip to York loco next Saturday.