Under-15s end on winning note

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Pocklington Under-15s35

Doncaster Under-15s27

Pocklington completed their excellent campaign on a winning note with their 13th victory of the season in an end-to-end encounter at home to Doncaster.

Despite missing a quartet of players away on representative duty in Northumberland, Pocklington went straight on to the attack and were held up over the line. The scrum heel promptly brought a typical Charlie Sleigh try as the stand off feigned a scissors then used his strength and eye for the gap to burst over, Joe Laudage converting.

Pocklington then pulled clear with two remarkable, long-range solo scores. Prop Lawrence Elwes and centre James Glew both received the ball deep inside their own half. Both set off on powerful runs upfield, and both were stopped several times but managed to somehow shake off their Doncaster tacklers and keep going all the way to the line to score, Laudage adding both conversions.

If the visitors’ defence had been cut to ribbons by the Pocklington strike runners, Pocklington showed greater defensive application and determination when Doncaster enjoyed a long spell of concerted attacking. But the pressure eventually told as Doncaster crashed over in the left corner.

Pocklington had a makeshift pack with a couple of backs playing out of position in the back row, but they rose to the challenge with No 8 Lewis Hobbin leading some incisive charges and industrious lock Niall Paddy being unlucky not to be awarded a touchdown after a strong run to the line.

But Glew’s ability to run round, over and through the Doncaster cover ensured that Pocklington came away with a score which Laudage converted.

Doncaster hit back with a try with the last play of the first half, but skipper Sleigh again blasted through to the line within three minutes of the restart, and it looked all over at 35-10.

However, Pocklington’s inexperienced forwards understandably ran out of steam, while their most incisive backs started to suffer from all the running they had done in the first half. The result was that Doncaster came more into the game and their pressure brought them three tries from close range, just one of them converted.

Pocklington’s 100 per cent conversion return was ultimately the difference in the scoreline, and Pocklington’s tired troops dug deep defensively to make sure they held Doncaster at bay for the final three minutes to earn the victory.