Pock firsts end mid-table



Pocklington slipped to defeat in their last league game of the camapign at Sheffield, where they gave a typical end of season, mid-table performance. In contrast, the home side were desperate for victory to complete the great escape and avoid relegation, which had seemed a certainty a few weeks ago.

Yara-sponsored Pocklington had to make late changes and fielded a makeshift back line with no recognised wingers. They also knew that Sheffield did have their dangerman on the wing, but contrived to kick the ball straight to him in the first minute and ship a 60-yard breakaway try. It quickly got worse for Pocklington as some promising approach play ended with a loose pass to gift the Sheffield wing an interception for a second score and a 12-0 lead. 

 Pocklington finally settled down and set about repairing the damage. On the quarter hour, lively threequarter Josh Britland cut through the home defence but he was ankle tapped just short of the line and lost the ball as he stumbled over. However, Pocklington remained on the offensive and a lineout catch and drive brought a try for lock Dan Wilson that teenage fly half Dan Elliot converted.

Having got back into contention at 12-7, Pocklington promptly gave back the initiative to Sheffield. Poor tackling let the home fullback in for a converted try on 27 minutes, then an offside penalty made it 22-7 at the interval. 

 Pocklington’s patchy performance continued in the second period. They produced some moments of good rugby, but also lacked teamwork and made defensive lapses. And, after Sheffield had added another penalty when Pock again went off their feet, the home side pulled clear with two more back tries from solid set piece ball, one converted. When Pocklingtn once more infringed at the breakdown they lost a man to the bin and Sheffield kicked the goal. But Pocklington kept plugging away and they got the final score of the day when centre Joe Holbrough took the ball up and Josh Britland finished well, Elliot converting. 

The result left Pocklington in sixth place in the final North 1 East table for the second year running.