Pocklington get one over all the President’s men

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Pocklington 1st XV 38

President’s XV 26

Pocklington first XV brought down the curtain on the 2013-14 season at Percy Road with an entertaining end-to-end encounter against the President’s XV.

Competitive invitation games are impossible to plan, but the president Angus MItchell, and his team manager son Henry, gathered together a team that produced the perfect blend of well-contested rugby in a good spirit.

The invitation side took an early lead, but Pocklington soon edged ahead and then worked their noses in front. However, the President’s men, several of whom had started out at Percy Road, made their reunion notable by sticking to their task and invariably coming back, the day ending six tries to four to the hosts.

Presidential and Sheffield University centre, James Flint, got proceedings underway with a fifth minute try. Pocklington’s young side, containing a nucleus of colts, quickly replied when Jack Holbrough muscled over and Dan Elliot converted.

Pocklington impressed with some slick handling and offloads, only for a chip over to increase the lead as wing Billy Hardy won the race to touch down.

But the pendulum swung back to the President’s side as York No 8 Will Enslin blasted over from a tap penalty, Harrogate’s Mark Roberts converting from wide out to make it 12-12. Pocklington replied when they moved the ball along the line and were initially held before Marcus Britland arrived to go over.

The President’s side pressed strongly to get back on terms but a big home tackle sent the ball loose and home fly half Elliot snapped it up and scampered to the posts, then added the conversion.

Pocklington then pulled clear as teenage prop Jack Helme set off on one of his unstoppable runs from fully 40 yards to score, Hardy adding the extras for 31-12.

Still the President’s men would not lie down, Flint’s cut out pass sending wing Harry Jackson sprinting over for Pock old boy Mark Stringer to convert.

The President’s men continued to be well served by their back row and Enslin and Rich Skowronek did the approach work for another Flint try that Stringer converted to cut the gap to one score at 31-24.

There was a frenetic finale as both sides threw the ball about with abandon before it again went loose for Hardy to collect, score and convert to complete proceedings.