Pocklington Colts 21
Yarnbury Colts 22
A sleepy start saw Pocklington Colts knocked out of the Yorkshire Bowl at the semi-final stage in agonising fashion as their determined fightback came up just one point short.
Pocklington handed Yarnbury an early ten point lead and they were 7-22 behind at the interval.
They stormed back into contention in the second half to close to within a point, and they spent the last five minutes camped on the Yarnbury line.
But the visitors hung on with some desperate late defence to go through into the final.
Pocklington never got out of the blocks early on and Yarnbury scored twice in quick succession in the opening minutes.
Yarnbury increased their lead to 15-0 before Pock centre Jack Walters gave his side hope as he broke through on halfway and made a long gallop to the line, Dan Elliot converting.
Yarnbury were good at the breakdown and added their third try of the half to restore the margin to 15 points, but Pocklington showed a marked improvement after the break.
They played with a higher tempo and made better decisions, while wing Matty Springett and replacement fullback Peter Axup always lookeddangerous in possession. And Springett got Pock comeback underway when he outpaced his opposite number to sprint clear and score, Elliot again converting.
Pockliington maintained the momentum and their fitness started to tell in the final quarter.
Eventually, back row Lewis Robbins went under theposts from a ruck five yards out and Elliot’s third conversion cut the gap to a point to set up a grand finale.
Pocklington pounded at the Yarnbury line in a last gasp effort to turn the tables, but Yarnbury dug deep to hold out for victory.