Pilgrims confident

Pocklington Pilgrims......... 33


Hullensians were the visitors to the Kilnwick pitch to play the Pilgrims for what was to be yet another lively encounter between the two sides who hadn’t yet met this season, despite the Pilgrims travelling to their guests’ ground before Christmas to find only three willing opponents.

No such issues this time as Hullensians set off at breakneck speed to score under the posts and narrowly miss a conversion.

The Pilgrims, however, have gone behind in the vast majority of games this season and seem to only thrive with a little adversity. James Morton, fresh from his match-winning performance the previous week signalled his intent again with the first of two bullocking rumbles over the line to score, with Lee Whitaker converting comfortably.

Rob Parsons, eventually the man of the match, soaked up pressure from the restart with convincing tackles and, combining with the pugnacious Kenny Strangeway, they put crazy-legged winger John Scott through out wide to increase the lead, with Whitaker again slotting home from the boot.

The Hull-based visitors thundered back to remind the Pilgrims they were here for a challenge, but quickly the home forwards took advantage of a scrum five metres out and typically drove their opposition backwards for an easy pushover try for stand in No.8 Tim Hughes.

Half time saw the swirling wind drop and reduce the advantage for Hullensians, who were now struggling a little in the pack, switching prop forwards round at virtually every scrum, thanks to the tenacity of the ever-improving Wayne Grainger and hooker Danny Mudd who both had impeccable games.

Morton snatched his second try and Kenny Strangeway then popped up for his usual five points before, once again, Whitaker stroked the conversions majestically between the posts.

A consolation try from the visitors was well deserved from their man of the match, a second row who was everywhere throughout, but it was never going to trouble a Pilgrims side playing with confidence and no shortage of ability.