U17s fail to kick on

Whitby Rugby Club U17s on the burst against Pocklington'picture: Ruth Shutt
Whitby Rugby Club U17s on the burst against Pocklington'picture: Ruth Shutt

Pocklington U17s 20

Whitby 28

Pocklington made a blistering start at home to Whitby in their latest Yorkshire league encounter, but they were eventually overhauled by their opponents in a well-contested game.

Sam Britton’s penalty after just three minutes got Pocklington underway and they soon moved further ahead as captain Jack Walters blasted over.

When Dan Wade stormed in for Pocklington’s second try it put them 13-0 up inside ten minutes. However, Whitby finally got the journey out of their system to cross for a converted try on the quarter hour, and though Pocklington produced some strong defence, Whitby eventually made their pressure tell just before the break, their second conversion success edging them a point ahead.

Britton peppered the posts with a couple of long-range penalty attempts as it continued to be a feisty affair that kept the crowd well entertained.

Whitby had some powerful runners and broke through for a third converted try to increase their lead to eight points. But Pocklington responded gamely and, after Tyrone Jessop had made a couple of strong charges to take the home side onto the attack, Walters cut through for his second try with Britton’s conversion again pegging the margin to a single point.

But as both sides wilted in the heat, Whitby struck for the final time in the dying minutes to wrap up the victory.