A brave performance by the U16s

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Harrogate Under-16s......................................14

Pocklington Under-16s....................................12

Pocklington produced a brave performance against the odds at Harrogate but missed out on a result by a single conversion.

Pocklington knew they were up against it as they travelled to Harrogate with the bare bones of a side due to injuries, unavailabilities and representative calls. Harrogate had no such problems and fielded a squad strong on quality and quantity, whereas Pocklington had to play numerous players out of position to cover the gaps.

But the Pocklington boys raised their game and charged down the left in the opening minutes and were almost over in the left corner.

Pocklington’s makeshift front row of Ed Wilkinson, Aaron Young and Grant Walker stuck to their task to give their side a solid set piece platform and James Thompson, usually a forward, organised Pocklington’s defensive effort from centre. Pocklington had plenty of territory, but Harrogate twice found the cutting edge to run in two converted long-range tries to lead 14-0 at the interval.

Pocklington upped their efforts in the second period and fly half Dan Elliot’s step and acceleration took him clear to score and convert, then second row Toby May charged down a kick and won the chase for the touchdown.

That put Pocklington within two points, with 15 minutes to go, and gave them hopes of overhauling the home side. But though they created three or four chances in the dying minutes, the breakthrough never came and Harrogate were able to scramble the ball away to earn their narrow victory.

Meanwhile, Pocklington RUFCs Aaron Tait (pictured below) took another step on the representative ladder when he played for The North of England under-16s against The Midlands at Newcastle-under-Lyme on Sunday.