Pocklington Colts completed their 2013-14 programme in style and laid down a marker for next season with an emphatic victory over Darlington that was full of running rugby and spectacular tries.
The Colts fielded a side of Under 18s who will all be available next year, and they also received a new strip before the kick off from new sponsors Brooks Macdonald Asset Management (pictured).
The boys went on to do the crowd and the sponsor’s party proud as they blew Darlington away from the off to be out of sight by the interval at 40-0 thanks to six first half tries.
David Davison revelled in a new role at fly half by spreading the ball wide at every opportunity, but it was his chip over that got things underway as fleet-footed centre John Soanes collected on the full to cross for the first touchdown.
Wing James Glew has a big first step that frequently takes him outside his man, and twice in quick succession he hit the afterburners inside his own half to leave the visitors trailing in his wake with thrilling sprints down the touchline before rounding to score under the posts.
Darlington were shell shocked as Pocklington’s pack produced good set piece ball up front, No 8 Eddie Dixon rampaged athletically from the base and the Pock midfield produced an unstoppable blend of rapier and broadsword.
Soanes scored a 70-yard effort that had everything, taking an inside ball to step, shimmy and swerve through half a dozen tackles.
Then ebullient scrum half Tom Hick darted over from another inside ball; and back row Connor Allen, who also soared majestically in the lineout all day, took a quick tap and finished himself. Kicker Joe Laudage thumped the conversions gleefully from near and far to land five out of six first half attempts.
After playing such breathtaking rugby, Pocklington took their foot off the pedal somewhat in the second period, and Darlington came more into it, scrambling over for a consolation try after a spell of pressure.
But Pocklington were not finished as Michael Gilbank’s break and stunning cut out pass sent wing Shaun Williamson scampering over in the left corner.
And they fittingly finished on a high, turning the ball over on the last play of the day for centre Charlie Sleigh to unleash his trademark hand offs deep in own half then power 80 yards to the line.