Pocklington 14 West 12

By Dave Picken - December 1 2013
Pocklington 14 West 12
Colin Cheslin After scoring two excellent tries in the first ten minutes, we  failed to score any points in the remainder of the game as Pocklington slowly worked their way back into the game. In the end we had to be content with a single bonus point.

With Anth Carr managing 75 minutes in his first start since the season before last we did come within an inch of pulling off a dramatic ditch win. With just a few minutes left on the clock, and the scoreline 14-12 in favour of the hosts, we forced two penalties.

Stu Waites was inches wide with his first effort from 30 metres then two minutes later was given another chance from about the same distance - this time wide out on the right.

His effort looked to be a winner but it hit the inside of the right upright and dropped down in front of the posts to produce the biggest cheer of the afternoon from the home crowd.

We had followed up in numbers but pock were able to scramble the ball away to hold on for the win.

This was all after we had raced into a 12-0 lead in the first ten minutes, and then had to call on our defensive strengths to keep out the home side.

We managed to do so until the 73rd minute when replacement scrum half Graham Pickering put his side ahead for the first time - going over from a five metres scrum.

Seventy minutes earlier West began the scoring after surviving an opening burst by a lively Pocklington attack.

Colin Cheslin was the scorer after we forced our way up the right wing. When the ball was won by Jonny Boatman it was spun out to fly half Waites whose deft kick bounced on the try line. Cheslin was the most alert and gathered to dive over.

Waites missed the conversion, but he was successful just three minutes later after he himself had dummied and forced his way through to stun the home support.

West had had two attacks and scored from both.  However, the home side gradually worked their way back into a game where both sides wanted to run the ball only to be thwarted by offences at the breakdown.

Referee Colin Tovey was very sharp to blow his whistle if a tackled player did not release the ball in double quick time, leading to frustration for both sides.

It resulted in a number of yellow cards with West down to 14 mean for a full half hour of the game.

Jon Boatman was the first to go alongside home prop Matt Webber after the pair had squared up to each other.

Pocklington had pulled back three points with a penalty from winger Billy Hardy, who then missed two more relatively easy kicks before landing another on the half hour mark.

We had lost Liam Bailey to a neck and shoulder injury, with 17 year old Kyle Jamieson coming on as cover, before Dan Boatman found himself in the sin bin just before the break. That gave Hardy the opportunity to make it 9-12 at the break.

West’s lineout had suffered in the first half, but improved as the game went on, and the first 30 minutes of the second half were a stalemate as the two sides looked for the vital next score.

The game changer came on 68 minutes when Adam Coates was sin-binned as Pocklington set up camp in the corner.

 The home side seized the opportunity with a series of scrums which eventually saw Pickering selling a dummy and going over from five metres for his sides only try of the afternoon. Hardy missed the relatively easy conversion allowing West the lifeline of needing just three points to win the game.

The pack promptly set up a surging rolling maul up the left wing gaining the territory to force those two last ditch penalty attempts.

Pocklington: Jack Fletcher, Tim Nixon, Josh Britland, Joe Holbrough, Billy Hardy, Pete Massie, Ben Rees, Matt  Webber, Ben Stephenson, John-Paul Kelly, Tom Peters, Chris Hyde, Karl Durkin, Jack Holbrough, Joe Brown. Reps: Graham Pickering, Jamie Nicholson, Dave Birch.

Yellow: Matt Webber

Tries: Graham Pickering.

Pens: Billy Hardy [3]

West: Colin Cheslin, Scott Butcher, Andrew Cheslin, Liam Bailey, Luke Mallinson, Stu Waites, Ryan Painter, Anth Carr, Andrew Rollins, Adam Coates, Owen Bennett, Michael Hogan, Dan Boatman [c], Jon Boatman, Sam Miller. Reps: Andrew Dixon, Kyle Jamieson, Andrew Turner.

Yellow: Jon Boatman, Dan Boatman, Adam Coates.

Tries: Colin Cheslin, Stu Waites.

Cons: Waites [1]

Referee:  Colin Tovey [Central Yorkshire]


Pocklington 14 West 12
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01/12/2013 11:49
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Re: Pocklington 14 West 12
Denny Dixon (IP Logged)
01/12/2013 11:59
Sorry about the delay but away from home watching Dubai Sevens. Sounds like another hard luck story and seems as if the game could have gone either way. Could have done with these points too as we could have been looking in good fettle in the league which seems as if it will go right down to the wire at least for runner up spot. Just have to get bonus win next week guys!!! At least it would put one of the 4 teams looking to be in contention, back a few paces.

Re: Pocklington 14 West 12
02/12/2013 10:24
Hard luck lads. Sometimes its better to finish with a flourish than start with one, but at least its a point and there's nobody in this league our young team need to be frightened of.

Re: Pocklington 14 West 12
Supercodhead (IP Logged)
02/12/2013 12:07
Sounds like you should have got in their half more often>><great result at the Friarage in case you hadn't noticed>>

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