Close clash of close clubs for Pock Under-14s

Pocklington U14s................ 24

Selby U14s...........................22

The weather was great and all were looking forward to the only fixture this season against local team Selby.

Close games had unfolded in the past and this had the opportunity to go the same way.

Pocklington had to make a few changes to the front row with John Germain playing the whole match as hooker for the first time to gain more experience. Sam Pattison played fly half during the match to gain experience in that position too.

With a few injuries, Pocklington U14s took to the field adamant they would perform better than a disappointing away match in Sheffield last week.

The pack were not as strong as the Selby U14s but held their own, the Selby forwards made ground every time they went forward but the backs failed to capitalise upon it. Although the first eight were not the quickest to the breakdown, when they had the ball they passed it and used full width of the pitch on numerous occasions.

Top try scorer, Seb Bijster, ran in three tries in the match with strong runs through the Selby players, with Callum Mooney scoring his own try from a well weighted and well positioned kick. This showed his skill with a great follow up, tackle and dive over the touchline. Mooney and Harry Lamb-Kirk kicked the conversions.

George Grosvenor made ground every time he had ball in hand, and more than once, ripped the ball from the opponents grasp. Full back Charlie Watson continued to grow into that position with great catching all day, a few darts up field dodging tackles and the all-important kicks when under pressure.

The Selby squad gave away a few penalties which allowed opportunities for the Pocklington team to gain ground and recycle ball.

Josh Bytheway endeavoured to charge down kicks, apply pressure at key times and win ball at most breakdowns which won him Man of the Match.

James Clark was given Outstanding Performance award.