As they did a year ago, Pocklington U10s enjoyed two days of rugby at the weekend. On Saturday, they hosted Manchester RUFC as a curtain-raiser to the Pilgrims game and, in front of a good crowd, the boys took on the visitors in three matches.
The first saw them draw 15–15 with one try from Will Grewer and a brace for Callum Childs. Patrick Jessop also scored twice as Pock won the second match 10–0. The final 15 minutes of the morning made it honours even as Manchester outscored Pock 20–5; Jake Farrar crossing the line for the home team.
The two teams have developed a good relationship over the last two seasons, and are looking forward to Pock’s tour to Manchester in a fortnight’s time.
Both Pocklington and Manchester then took part in the Driffield festival on Sunday. At the group stage, Pock started slowly against Selby before pulling level with a try from Patrick Jessop. A tight finish saw Selby score again to sneak it 10–5. A very similar performance led to the same score against Driffield, with Johnny Raper on the scoresheet for Pock.
The boys stepped up their game for their final group match against Beverley. Though both try-lines were threatened they went uncrossed until late in the game when Beverley scored to win 5–0. The format of the festival was such that Pock had made it through to the semi-final of the Bowl competition where they played Goole seconds.
After conceding first, the boys responded with their proven attacking power with tries from Joe Cheney, Will Grewer, Tyler Wilson and Callum Childs (two). The result of 25–5 earned the boys a place in the final against Driffield.
Both teams played great attacking rugby and both defended tirelessly as play flowed from one end to the other.
Pock’s players and hoarse supporters thought the team had won it in the last few minutes before Patrick Jessop’s run down the touchline was halted five metres out by a hard shove in to touch.
The whistle went.
Driffield’s magnanimous manager suggested that the result be declared a draw so as to celebrate a great morning and a fitting final. The boys thoroughly enjoyed receiving their medals and lifting the trophy.
Pocklington U10s would like to thank Driffield for the day and what is a great annual occasion. The boys are now hoping to take their recent good form across to Manchester in a fortnight as the season comes to its close.