A blustery wind and cold hands did not stop Pocklington Under-10s showing noticeable improvements during a determined morning against Ripon on Sunday. With all but one of the 19-player squad available, the morning consisted of four games between the two sides.
The much-missed player remains Freddie Griggs, and the team hopes he is able to return soon.
Pock started strongly, boosted by the welcome return of Jake Farrar, and great scrummaging and rucking gave the boys the possession for scrum-half Joe Cheney to break-away for two tries for a 10-0 final score.
On the second pitch the other half of the squad was finding the going tougher.
Despite their best efforts, including those of joint player of the day Aidan Fothergill, the boys lost 20–0.
After some rotation within the squad the boys kicked-off again. The visitors continued to show their strength in depth and a tight contest in match three resulted in a 5–5 draw, with wing Callum Childs crossing the line for the home team.
The final match was also closely contested but with both sides scoring more freely, and at the whistle Ripon had managed to out-score Pock by 25 – 15. Pocklington’s three tries came from the team’s rampaging prop Jake Farrar, who received the joint player of the day trophy.
The weekend had proven to be a success in more ways than one.
As well as all 18 players having played very well on the Sunday, the race-night fundraiser at The Gait Inn at Millington on the Friday night raised a fantastic amount for the club and the team.
Thanks go to all those who attended, and especially to the evening’s organisers Laura Burley, Jill Cheney and Charlie Cameron.