Pocklington continued their development with another convincing win, this time at home against Scarborough. After a hard start to the season, the home side rested a number of players and took the opportunity to introduce a number of new and inexperienced players.
The gamble paid off from the start, as Pocklington won a turnover ball at a ruck and the ball was moved out to James Glew who skipped through for a try under the posts. Alfie Hubble added the conversion. The hosts tackled and harried the Scarborough ball carriers, forcing the visitors into handling errors, and the dropped balls were severely hindering their progress.
As the hosts wound up the pressure with a ruck on the opposition line, the ball was spun out and, when John Soanes collected it coming in at pace, the ensuing try was inevitable. Just minutes later, Soanes collected the ball on the halfway line and outsprinted the visiting defence for his second and Pocklington’s third try of the match. Joe Laudage added two more points with his boot to give the hosts a healthy 19-0 lead.
The hosts continued where they had left off, with a beautiful try, where the backs switched the angles of running to make a half break and, as Soanes was brought down, Tom Hesmondhalgh supporting on his shoulder took the ball on and finished off the move. Hubble again added the conversion.
With the game secure, the hosts rang the changes to give everybody a game, and this inevitably disrupted the flow of the match.
The visitors began to secure more ball and gain some forward momentum and eventually scored to make it 26-7. Pocklington’s reply was almost immediate as Nick Harvey crossed to score, but Scarborough were not finished yet and, after scoring a try through the forwards, they scored again as their winger streaked away for a try in the corner.
What the visitors could do, James Glew could do better as, from a Scarborough punt upfield, Glew collected the ball just outside the 22 and streaked round the entire visiting team, leaving them flailing in his wake, to score under the posts to seal a thoroughly satisfying win.
Though the side was sprinkled with inexperience, all the players stepped up to the mark giving the coaches a welcome selection headache for next week.