Pocklington entertained Beverley RUFC along with Nottinghamshire touring team Ashfield RUFC on Sunday. Pocklington played both teams for 15 minutes each way with Beverley up first.
With a number of key core players out of the Pock starting XV, the forward pack had a few squad members playing in new positions. Max Payne and McCauley Wright both rose to the challenge of different starting roles in the first and second rows. The backs were to show the way with good running throughout, with top scorer Seb Bijster going in for two more touchdowns, man of the match Isaac Bolton grabbing another two, and scrum half Callum Mooney securing the fifth. New player Sam Hendry ran and tackled well all day in defence, in addition to making good ground into the Beverley half. Beverley ran in one try in the first half but did not trouble the Pocklington try line again due to good defensive play throughout the match from Pocklington.
Ashfield U14s ...............30
Ashfield had earlier run in seven tries against Beverley, so Pocklington had a good idea of their strengths, and pressure from the outset was identified as key to stopping the touring backs running with the ball in hand. Applying pressure from the kick off worked, and the first try came to Isaac Bolton, running through a couple of loose tackles. Sam Pattison kicked for the extra two points. It took a further 20 minutes before another strong run from man of the match Seb Bijster gave the home team more points with a towering conversion from James Harrison. The Ashfield squad were very powerful and ran in six tries in the period between the two Pocklington tries, helped by some poor home passing and unlucky kicks. A successful tour for the Notts team and good experience for Pock U14s.