Under-10s travel across the Pennines for friendly games

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Having shared the spoils with Manchester Rugby Club when they visited Pocklington at the beginning of April, Pocklington Under 10s travelled across the Pennines to battle their friendly rivals on their own patch for their end of season tour.

The day dawned bright, and the first of the three matches kicked off at 11am.

Our boys were on top immediately breaking the Manchester lines and repelling their attacks. Billy Spruyt scored twice and Harry Forman once before Manchester crept back into the game to make it 15-10 at the whistle.

After being on top in match one, Pock found themselves playing catch up in match two, as the pendulum swung in the home team’s favour.

Manchester’s two tries in each half were answered by scores from Patrick Jessop and Will Grewer. This 20 minute contest finished 

The final match started as the second had ended, with Manchester exploiting holes in the visitors’ defence.

Olly Grainger thought he could do the same, and broke through from the re-start to make it 5-10 to Manchester at the break. The second half swung backwards and forwards in a try-fest with two more Manchester tries countered by three more for Billy Spruyt and a second of the day for Harry Forman. The match ended breathlessly at 25 - 20 to Pocklington.

It had been a great morning of rugby, and the day continued with the fabulous hospitality of Manchester Rugby Club. Their manager, Tim Holmes, presented Pocklington’s captain Johnny Raper with a commemorative trophy, and a second to Patrick Jessop as player of the day. Within their own presentation, Pock U10s voted Billy Spruyt top tourist for his entertaining participation in all aspects of the tour and his five tries. The team would like to thank all at Manchester Rugby Club for our two very enjoyable fixtures.

The season came to an end at the weekend with the team’s awards presentations being held following the very enjoyable Coaches v Pilgrims match at the club.

Player of the Year was awarded to Johnny Raper, who also collected the Player’s Player award from the rest of the squad. The Most Improved Player award for the year was given to John Burley.

A presentation was also made to the sponsors for the team, Danny Whelan from PlanIt and John Burley from RM English.