Pocklington Colts 24 Scunthorpe Colts 22
Colts do down in thriller to last play try and conversion.
On Sunday February 5th, Scunthorpe Colts travelled to Pocklington Colts for the return fixture in the Yorkshire Colts league. In fine conditions, on a heavy pitch, they suffered their first defeat of 2017 to a last play try and conversion to a determined Pocklington side in a pulsating game of Colts rugby.
The early exchanges were dominated by Pocklington as Scunthorpe were continually penalised, allowing the home side territory and possession and even with ball in hand, basic knock ons did not help the Greens' cause. An efficient Pocklington lineout, gave them good ball and after 3 minutes they took the lead. A simple catch and drive had both flankers going right, but the home side peeled off inside, to touch down. Unconverted 0-5.
Not learning, Scunthorpe gave up decent field position when in the ascendency. Ill discipline would march them ten, and not releasing in tackle would be their downfall time after time. It came as no surprise that Pocklington extended the lead on 22 minutes. Simple pick up and gos would get Pocklington in the attacking zone and after five or six dives for the line, they eventually went over. Converted 12-0.
The next score was crucial and Scunthorpe knew it. Prop Connor Graves was dragged into touch a yard out from the line. Scunthorpe were on the attack and now forcing mistakes from the home side. It took a typical Aiden Legge charge on 26 minutes, to bring the Greens back into it, with a Matty Boden conversion in front of the sticks. 12 -7. There was no further score in the half, despite Scunthorpe using their forward running game well, wrong options were taken time and time again, when cool heads would have brought reward.
Scunthorpe started the second half fast, when a Jess Matthews kick through had the home side back peddling. Eventually winning some decent lineout ball, Scunthorpe drove forward, only to lose ball in contact when it was passed out. On 5 minutes, the Greens made their own luck with a beautiful flowing move. Archie Swain from the scrum win to Matthews, who did a lovely runaround with Charlie Van Gils. Matthews put fullback Boden through a gap and he charged into Pocklington's 22. Releasing winger Piers Sciolti, he was eventually halted ten yards out but had the skill to throw it back. The supporting Matthews did well to hack it foward and fortune favours the brave and the lucky, as it popped up perfectly for him to regather and touchdown. Unconverted 12-12.
Scunthorpe then followed that with a back to back try. The restart was taken in by Graves, recycled back to Swain after another Legge drive. The scrum half got the backs moving and it was finished by Morgan Turner wide right. All in all, a 60 yard team try. Unconverted, Scunthorpe now led for the first time 12-17.
Pocklington would come back, in the only way they knew. Relentless pick up and gos, gaining only a few yards each time, but Scunthorpe could not stop it. On 20 minutes they drew level with what must have been twenty phases of this simple rugby, before they touched down to make it 17-17 with the conversion missed.
With 15 minutes remaining, the Greens had the answer. Battering the Pocklington team with line space and enthuiasm. Twice with great field position and lineouts secured, they should have took the lead but a lack of control by the players at the back meant drives were not completed and chances lost. Still on the Pocklington 22, a conversation with number eight Bram Hollingsworth and skipper Lewis Meyer with fly-half Matthews would bring unexpected rewards. The ball secured from the scrum, the talked about drop goal attempt was on, but it was slightly sliced and went just to the right of the post BUT the ever alert Morgan Turner followed up and won the race to catch the bouncing ball and touchdown. With 3 minutes left Scunthorpe led 17-22, but crucially the conversion was missed.
Securing the restart, the Greens could not see it out. Pocklington won the lineout on Scunthorpe's 22 and it was obvious what they would do. Slowly gaining ground forward and moving left towards the posts, with time up but the game allowed to continue, the blues from Pocklington went over under the posts and their kicker held his nerve to make it 24-22.
The inability to stop simple drives had cost the Greens the victory but maybe Pocklington just wanted it more in the end. Morgan Turner deserved his two tries and yet again Jess Matthews shone at number 10.
1. Aiden Legge
2. Jack McGrath
3. Connor Graves
4. Stephen Middleton
5. Matthew Wormold
6. Lewis Meyer
7. Joshua Sarsfield
8. Bram Hollingsworth
9. Archie Swain
10. Jess Matthews
11. Piers Sciolti
12. Charlie Hunt
13. Morgan Turner
14. Devon James
15. Matty Boden
16. Kristan Martin
17. Owen McNeil
18. Isreal Spry-Brittain
19. Charlie Van Gils
Report by Carl Meyer.