Colts come close to win

Market Harborough...........17

Pocklington Colts...............12

Pocklington went out of the National Colts Bowl in agonising fashion at the semi final stage when Market Harborough snatched the winning score with just three minutes to go.

At that stage, the scores were locked at 12-12, but Pocklington still held the trump card if it ended in a draw - they had scored two tries to none and were the away side so would have gone through to the final.

But Market Harborough threw everything into a late rally and, when Pocklington gave away a late penalty, the home side grabbed the opportunity to win it at the death.

Forced to play on a Saturday instead of their usual Sunday, Pocklington made the long trip to Leicestershire with a weakened line-up due to unavailabilites.

They had to draft in some Under-17s to make up the numbers.

But Pocklington rose to the occasion, particularly in the forwards where the Pock eight matched the massive home pack throughout, thanks to their technique and industry.

Big hits were the feature in a forward dominated first half midfield battle, with the only score coming from a home penalty on the quarter hour.

But the tackling of the Pocklington back row, fly half Dan Elliot’s astute tactical kicking and the strong carries of No 8 Toby May meant 
Pocklington not only stayed afloat but gave as good as they got.

And Pocklington took the lead in the second period when flanker Josh Britton sparked an attack.

Good offloads kept it going and, though the home side got back to kill the ball, Pock fullback James Thompson took a quick tap to score from five yards.

Market Harborough’s more limited game took them back ahead with two penalties before Pocklingtn turned the ball over on halfway and a storming pack drive ended with hooker James Pavlou 
diving over and Elliot converting.

A fourth home penalty again levelled matters and Pocklington were forced into desperate defence as Market Harborough threw the kitchen sink at them in the closing stages.

Their brave effort looked to be holding out before they were finally sunk by the home side’s late winner.