Pocklington RUFC

Pocklington RUFC

Scarborough 10 Pocklington 26

by Phil Gilbank

Pocklington's blistering start set them up for another good victory at
Scarborough, though they had to fight off a determined home second half

After the game had been twice postponed for frost, Pocklington finally
made their first visit to Scarborough's new ground. It features a
palatial clubhouse but also windswept playing area and Pocklington had
first use of the stiff breeze blowing along the cliff top.

Despite missing a quartet of regulars on a stag weekend on the
continent, Pocklington shot out of the blocks to be 26 points ahead in
as many minutes with some of their best rugby of the season. They opened up with a great try after just three minutes. From a scrum deep in Pocklington's half No 8 Dan Wilson burst clear up the blind side, scrum half Charlie Rood supplied the link and flanker Jack Holbrough hammered on into home territory. Pocklington impressive offloading continued as the ball was swirched left to the backs wher Tim Nixon's pass out of the tackle sent his co-centre Jake Bishop racing in for the try. Rook kicked a good conversion from midway out.

Scarborough were shell shocked and Pocklington in no mood to let them off the hook. They booted a penalty to the far corner and the pack closed ranks around skipper Mat Webber as he rumbled to the line to score.

Scarborough finally got going and moved into Pock territory. But good lineout work allied to Joe Holbrough big boot again drove them upfield. This time the lineout position was secured in the right corner, but the result was the same as the Pocklington forwards pulled together and drove and Webber was at the bottom of melee to claim his second touchdown, Rook banging over another big conversion.

Pocklington were playing with a level of organisation and intensity that the home side could not match, and when Scaborough launched their best attack of the half it was simply a prelude to another Pocklington score. The home backs tried to spread the ball on the Pocklington 22, but the ferocity of the Pocklington tackling saw the ball dislodged and bounce loose. Bishop scooped it up and set his sight on the home line 80 yards away, the teenage centre hardly seemed to break sweat on his long gallop, but two telling hand offs dispatched attempted Scarborough tackles and with wing Billy Hardy running alongside him as offensive guard Bishop strolled over for the score.

With Rook again banging over the conversion Pocklington were 26-0 up in as many minutes, and with the four try bonus point already in the bag.

It had been breathtaking stuff, but play finally calmed down for the rest of the first half, with Pocklington's defence holding firm aainst a late Scarborough thrust.

Scarborough rallied after the break with an early raid needing strong tackling from the Pocklington cover defence before fly half Marcus Edwards opened the Scarborough account with a penalty. Scarborough came straight back but Pocklington replied with more strong tackling, typified by Joe Holbrough's big hit on his opposite number and flanker Jack Holbrough's innumerable tackles and steals accross the pitch.

But finally Scarbrough broke through, a quick tap penalty taking them up to the line where flanker Luke Raines burrowed over for Edwards to convert.

At 26-10 and Scarborough returning to the offensive, the home side might have had brief thoughts of getting back on terms. But Pocklington's determination, organisation and fitness invariably means they can finish a game as strongly as they start. Even though Webber was sin-binned for killing the ball, Pocklington's remaining 14 men were able to throw a defensive blanket around Scarborough to again hold firm until Rook's boxed clearance and a strong kick chase lifted the seige. Hardy smashed into the Scarbrough catcher and lock Tom Peters followed up and was clear for the line but was gutted when he was brought back for having just brushed the touchline.

Having finally got back into Scarborough's half Pocklington made sure that they stayed there, maintaining their efforts through to the end with their replacements adding new energy and enthusiasm to the cause. They camped in the home half through to the final whistle to take another hard earned but well deserved away win.

The five point win sees Pocklington take over at the top of the Yorkshire One table on points difference from long term leaders, Bridlington, though the seasiders still have a game in hand.


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Other Yorkshire Division One Results

Scarborough 10 26 Pocklington
North Ribblesdale 17 15 Huddersfield Y.M.C.A.
Knottingley 29 34 York
Keighley 17 18 Bridlington
Heath 7 19 Driffield
Ilkley 48 15 Castleford
Dinnington 17 40 Pontefract


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