Pocklington 18 West 19

By Dave Picken - November 22 2015
Pocklington 18 West 19 This game hinged on two kicks - taken almost from the same spot. At the end of the first half Gavin Painter's conversion attempt veered wildly as it was caught by the wind. Lots of people thought it had missed, but the touch judges (eventually) said it hadn't. Then, at the end, Pock's Nathan Saltmer lined up his own conversion to win the game - that definitely missed.

We had been leading 19-13 going into the final stages only to lose skipper Danny Boatman to the sin bin for coming in at the side as the home pack attacked.

Pocklington opted for a line-out from the resulting penalty, and that paid off as prop Chris Morton was bundled over from the catch and drive. Saltmer had been reliable with his kicking all afternoon, but this attempt from out on the right was just wide of the left hand post.

On a heavy pitch, and with a bitingly cold wind, both sides made plenty of handling errors.

Pocklington had been the quickest off the blocks and raced into a ten point lead. Saltmer gratefully accepting a penalty opportunity after just two minutes - quickly followed by the first try of the afternoon.

Peter Youll was tackled in midfield with the ball going loose. Josh Britton hacked on, and in a mad scramble on the West try line it was fellow centre Billy Hardy who benefitted from a kind bounce. Saltmer adding the extras.

With  Aaron Myers putting in a tremendous tackling shift we fought our way back into the game.

We got our first score on 18 minutes when the big Pocklington pack were shunted backwards on their own scrum. When the front row popped up referee Andy Baker gave Gavin Painter the opportunity for his first three points of the afternoon.

Pocklington restored their ten point lead when Joe Rafferty was penalized for not rolling away, but our reply was instant. A deft kick through the middle was chased down by Gavin Painter, and, as full back Matt Procter fumbled, the West fly half collected and looked to be in under the post until a despairing tackle stopped him ten metres out.

The West pack piled in in support. However, play was quickly halted for a penalty, which Painter converted after receiving lengthy treatment to a head injury.

He was on the mark again after a Youll break into the home 22, which saw Joe Rafferty almost get over the line as the ball was recycled.

We kept up the pressure - going ahead for the first time just before the break. It came after as number of attacks on the home line were repelled before Myers cleverly drew the defence to send Adam Coates crashing over from five metres.

Painter's conversion attempt was to be the last action of the half and it brought controversy throughout the break.

Both touch judges were slow to put their flags up after the ball veered sharply right as the wind caught it. Referee Baker had turned away, assuming the attempt had failed, only for the home touch judge to race over to confirm the two points.

So, with the home crowd still chuntering at their own touch judge, we turned round with a slender three point lead, and were up against it when Gavin Painter was almost immediately sinbinned for coming in at the side and kicking the ball away.

However, we held out and went further ahead with another successful penalty on the hour. Skipper Danny Boatman had opted for penalty kicks at goal all afternoon, and he did so again when Pocklington were guilty of killing the ball as the West pack attacked just 15 metres out.

We were still only one score ahead, and had two breakaways where we could have increased the lead.

Joe Willis did well to pick up a ball in his own half and he raced away from three defenders before he was caught. He popped up a pass to Stu Waites, who was in support, and who looked to have been tackled before the ball arrived. He was somewhat surprised to be judged to have knocked on.

Ryan Painter also made a break from the opposite wing as Myers and Bailey were first to dropped balls, but he was beaten to his kick ahead by the home full back.

It looked like we may rue those lost opportunities when Pocklington rumbled over from that catch and drive in the closing minutes.

Saltmer chose to aim to the left to account for the wind, but the elements favoured us as the ball went narrowly wide.

This was a tremendous effort by the lads who were unable to play the fluent game which had destroyed Wheatley Hills. With Aaron Myers leading the way, they worked hard all afternoon and toughed out both the muscular opposition and the conditions.

Pocklington: Matt Procter, Charlie Wilson, Josh Britton, Billy Hardy, Nathan Saltmer, Josh Britland, James Thompson, Chris Morton, Ben Stephenson, John-Paul Kelly, Tom Peters, Josh Papa, Joe Brown, Ed Davison, Matt Davies.

Reps (all used): Billy Higgins, Dan Elvidge, Shane Sellers.

Tries: Hardy, Morton.

Cons: Saltmer (1)

Pens: Saltmer (2)

West: Stu Waites, Luke Mallinson, Greg Edwards, Peter Youll, Joe Willis, Gavin Painter, Ryan Painter, Michael Hogan, Andrew Rollins Adam Coates, Owen Bennett, Joe Rafferty, Chris Atkins, Aaron Myers, Dan Boatman.

Reps (all used): Callum Johnston, Liam Bailey, Ross Wood.

Tries: Coates

Cons: G Painter

Pens: G Painter (4)

Yellow: G Painter, Boatman.

Referee: Andy Baker (Yorkshire).


Pocklington 18 West 19
Official West Hartlepool RFC (IP Logged)
22/11/2015 11:53
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Re: Pocklington 18 West 19
Rozzy 1 (IP Logged)
22/11/2015 14:09
Well done to the lads, and well done to the Pock touch judge for his honesty.
Bet he was popular with his mates in the club afterwards!
Makes you wonder where we'd be if we'd played as well at Alnwick and Morpeth.

Re: Pocklington 18 West 19
Parental Unit (IP Logged)
23/11/2015 11:02
Gripping stuff wish Id been there. Well done fellahs.

Re: Pocklington 18 West 19
23/11/2015 15:36
Glad I wasn't .. sounds too tense for me.
Is there a first team game this week or is the next one Percy Park in a fortnight?

Re: Pocklington 18 West 19
west girl (IP Logged)
23/11/2015 23:48
Percy Patk is the next game. Shame I missed the game it sounds good but I'm off somewhere a little warmer!

Re: Pocklington 18 West 19
24/11/2015 11:43
Thanks. Thought that must be the case

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