Pocklington maintain fine start with Old Crossleyans success

NPOC - Pock 1st v Old Crossleyans at Percy Rd. sat 14 sept. Pock in Green
NPOC - Pock 1st v Old Crossleyans at Percy Rd. sat 14 sept. Pock in Green

Pocklington made it two wins from two starts in North One East as they beat visitors Old Crossleyans 24-19.

They made really hard work of getting the victory despite dominating for long periods, and had to come from behind to edge it in the closing minutes.

NPOC - Pock 1st v Old Crossleyans at Percy Rd. sat 14 sept

NPOC - Pock 1st v Old Crossleyans at Percy Rd. sat 14 sept

Pocklington knocked on from the kick-off to give Crossleyans the chance to get the first points on the board with an early penalty.

But it was all Pocklington for the rest of the first half as they opened up the visitors’ defence on half a dozen occasions.

But the good approach play was wasted by forced passing and dropped balls as Pock bombed a series of clear chances.

The only success came at the end of the first quarter after Yara-sponsored Pocklington had again attacked strongly down the left flank.

When the ball came back fly-half Pete Massie, who was always a threat as he sniffed out gaps, switched from open to blind then fed inside to returning centre Joe Holbrough who was tackled a couple of yards short but had the strength and momentum to roll over the line to score.

Pocklington remained in the driving seat through to the interval, aidd by two Crossleyan forwards going to the sin- bin, but their only reward was a penalty for wing Billy Hardy to make it 8-3.

Pocklington should have been out of sight but Crossleyans clawed back to within two points with another penalty after the break.

Pocklington regained the initiative and forwards and backs combined in a series of thrusts for the line on the right before the ball came out left where Holbrough went over for his second touchdown, converted from wide out by Hardy.

Pocklington kept launching high tempo attacks, but Crossleyans also had some dangerous individual runners.

And after Holbrough had been yellow-carded for a strong tackle deemed dangerous, Crosleyans kicked another penalty to stay in touch.

Crossleyans determined defence and Pocklington’s attacking profligacy then saw the pendulum swing dramatically in the visitors’ favour with 15 minutes to go.

A Pock raid broke down inside the Crossleyans 22 and the ball was taken to the other end where the visitors’ patience and persistence was eventually rewarded with a converted try to snatch a 16-15 lead against the run of play.

The pressure was now on Pocklington but they camped in visiting and wing Hardy edged them back into the lead with nine minutes left. Twice Crossleyans kicked off, and each time Pocklington drove back upfield to be rewarded by Hardy nailing the penalty to get his side back ahead.

Deep into injury-time Crossleyans were on target with their fourth penalty to snatch a losing bonus point, but Pocklington closed the game down to ensure the win.