Pock win comfortably

Pocklington v Dinnington
Pocklington v Dinnington



Without ever really hitting the heights of the previous week, Pocklington recorded another comfortable win to move up to third in the Yorkshire One table.

Playing a team in the lower reaches for the third successive week, Yara-sponsored Pocklington always looked to have too much firepower despite their determined opponents having significant periods on the attack. Pocklington also had to overcome an unfortunate opening when centre Travis Plumridge went down after only two minutes and had to be taken off, but they regained their composure after a substantial wait and got back on track with a well-taken try after 14 minutes.

The forwards drove infield from a lineout to suck in the Dinnington defence and the ball was moved wide left where centre Will Greenwood dummied and dived to the line, Nick Bennett converting.

After Tom Peters and Jack Holbrough had made big turnovers in defence, Pocklington moved further ahead with another try at the start of the second quarter. They pinned Dinnington on their own 22 and, from a well-constructed lineout routine, flanker Jack Holbrough was freed to weave through to score.

Dinnington also had their moments. From the kick off they had a spell of sustained pressure and, for a period, Pocklington could do no right as they were frequently penalised at the breakdown. It ended with them losing two men in two minutes to innocuous ruck offences, lock Chris Hyde and wing Dan Pickard both getting 10 minutes when adjudged to have illegally contested the ball on the floor.

However, the remaining Pock 13 then showed great resolve to not only repel the Dinnington 15 but turn the tables and add 10 more points.

Dinnington could find no way through the strong home tackling, Ben Rees and Ben Stephenson turned over the ball at a five-yard scrum to Dinnington, and the home side cleared upfield where Bennett banged over a 38-yard angled penalty.

It got even better as Pocklington, still two men light, broke from their own half from the restart. Players ran hard and backed up well, centre Joe Holbrough juggled adroitly and he put Bennett into space for the fullback to neatly chip over the cover and win the race for the touchdown, then convert himself.

At 22-0, and back up to strength for the start of the second half, Pocklington could have been expected to ram home their advantage and pull further away. But they lost their way somewhat, Dinnington defended gamely and Pocklington also butchered a couple of golden try opportunities, including dropping the ball over the line.

It took a long time to finally get it right. They were repulsed at half a dozen attacks, and the forwards failed to get through as they twice went for close-range catch and drives, before a scrum 15 yards out saw Rees and Karl Durkin combine from the base to send replacement fly half Henry Mitchell over by the posts for Bennett to convert for 29-0. 

But Pocklington could not retain the initiative and gifted Dinnington a touchdown from a loose lineout tap. As the game meandered to a finish it became littered with handling errors on both sides, but strong running out of defence by wings Pickard and Billy Hardy produced another penalty for Bennett.

However, it was Dinnington who finished the proceedings with a second score, breaking free to cross in the Oval corner from the last play of the day.