Pocklington Colts gave it everything against higher league West Park in the quarter final of the Yorkshire Cup but it wasn’t their day and they were edged out 13-10.
Pocklington got a flying start as speedster Matt Springett galloped over for an early try, but West Park, who are in the top half of the division above Pocklington, quickly took advantage of some hesitant home defence to make it 5-5 at the break.
There continued to be nothing between the sides with Pock and West Park both adding a further try, Pocklington’s coming from good back play finished strongly by centre Jack Walters.
But the crucial difference came when West Park landed the only kick of the day.
Pocklington saw two penalty efforts from Dan Elliott go agonisingly close, but the single success from the West Park kicker saw them go through into the semi-finals.
Pocklington Under-16s were up against some strong running York backs and were frequently penalised at the breakdown as they lost 33-5 to York, while the Under-15s and Under-13s games were called off as York’s pitches were waterlogged.
There was no problem with the conditions back at Percy Road where Pocklington Under-14s had an excellent 34-10 victory over local rivals York.
Pocklington grabbed an early lead through centre Seb Bijster, and there was some free running, end-to-end play in the opening quarter as the backs on both sides revelled in the open spaces of the front pitch.
York stayed in touch with a try of their own but the longer the game went on the more the incisive home backs came to the fore.
Bijster grabbed another first half touchdown, Harry Lamb Kirk also went in for a brace of tries, while Matt Childs and Callum Mooney both crossed, with James Harrison adding two conversions.
Pocklington Under-12s were edged out 42-28 in an entertaining, high-scoring encounter with West Park at Kilnwick Park.
Last season, Pocklington Under-10s came within a single try of West Park, then lost to them 10–0 in December.
Sunday’s encounter was eagerly awaited to see if Pocklington’s recent improvement would take them closer to a victory.
The two sides played four quarters with squad rotation delivering results of 5–5, Callum Childs scooping up a loose ball before sprinting home, 0–30, 0–5 and 5–15, Billy Spruyt powering over for the home try.
The draw in the first game against West Park, one of the most organised sides in the county, was good reward and encouragement for the boys’ progress.
From a morning of notable performances, Will Grewer and Billy Spruyt were jointly awarded the player of the day trophies.