The young Harriers, last season’s colts squad, with an average age of 18 kick started their league debut with a resounding victory over Pocklington 3rds 50-19
The lads who were up against men far older, produced some outstanding rugby using their youth and speed to great effect.
The passing and support play was a joy to watch, as was some terrific, terrier like defence.
The Harriers opened the scoring with a Captains knock from Alfie Stewart, driving onto a short pass to crash over the line from short range.
This was soon followed up by two tries of differing style, the first from Man of the match, Alex Turner, who took a quick tap penalty 15 metres out to run through a woeful defence and dive over to the right of the sticks, a great individual try. The next was completely different as it began way back in the Harriers own half, from fullback Eddie Walker, who following great running, interchanged passing with support player, Scott Turner, to touch down.
There was no let up for Pocklington, as the Harriers continued to pile on the pressure in the first half with a further try coming from Sam Phelan Wild, following a great kick forward from Charlie Cartmell.
With the score line beginning to run away from them following another try in the corner from Jack McAdam, Pocklington continued to battle and it was only the line pressure from the Harriers that prevented them from scoring in the first half.
The second half continued in the same vein as the first half, with a great 40m break by Michael Walker to send Charlie Cartmell in at the corner.
Pocklington finally responded by scoring their first try of the game, following a rare Ionians error close to the line, giving Pocklington an easy try.
The Harriers fought straight back with a great 60m break away try from Michael Walker, who touched down to the right of the uprights.
Pocklington were not done yet and again came back at the young Harriers, yet again scoring from a Harriers handling error over the line, but yet again the lads replied immediately with a great Brother to brother combination between Scott Turner, who produced a peach of a kick through for his brother, Alex to collect and score.
Pocklington added one more try from a drive from close range to add to their tally, but the game was already decided as a contest, with the Harriers producing a great performance to dominate a decent Pocklington side from start to finish
A great start to their league programme and let’s hope it continues throughout the season
Updated 14:05 - 10 Oct 2017 by Steve Oxley