Pock aim to complete double over Percy Park

Pock 1st v Percy Park
Pock 1st v Percy Park

Pocklington’s 1st XV travel to Tyneside on Saturday to take on Percy Park in North One East, looking to complete a league double over their hosts.

When the two sides met at Feathers Field back in October the game turned out to be a real cliffhanger, with Mick Watson’s charges eventually triumphing by a 23-17 scoreline.

The hosts looked in charge at 17-3 up after Jack Holbrough and Archie Fothergill touched down. But two tries in the second half from the visitors left Pocklington hanging on, a pair of penalties from Nathan Saltmer eventually proving the difference.

Park’s ground in North Shields has been unplayable for a month due to rain and frost, though they have been able to get in some non-league match action by borrowing Newcastle Falcons’ 4G pitch.

And the Tynesiders’ inactivity has allowed Pocklington to leapfrog them in the league standings into fifth place, leaving Park four points and four places behind them, but with two postponed games in hand.

However, with milder conditions forecast for the weekend, the prospects for the game going ahead at Preston Avenue are good.

Pocklington Panthers, who were frozen off last Saturday, are at Hull Medics this week.

The Pilgrims, who enjoyed a high-scoring encounter at Hullensians last weekend, host Hull University.

Sunday’s home action includes the under-14s entertaining Doncaster, while the under-16s tackling Whitby.