Pocklington 52 West 5

By Dave Picken - November 27 2016
Pocklington 52 West 5 A torrid second half produced one of our biggest defeats for years as the wheels well and truly came off. We are still top of the league but only because Penrith's home game with Guisborough was a victim of the frost ..

Already short of a number of regulars through injury and holidays, we arrived at a bitterly cold and foggy Feathers Field without the services of skipper Danny Boatman and winger Will Hilditch who had both become ill overnight. 

After a competitive first half worse was to come with the loss of playmaker Gavin Painter to a gashed elbow followed by replacement fly half Zac Southern and second row John Bunter. 

With Carl Miller in at No 8 for the missing skipper, and Luke Mallinson on the wing for Hilditch, we did get off to a great start with both players featuring. 
Miller broke from a scrum 30 metres out and fed Matt Siddle with the young scrum half making ground to open the chance for Mallinson to race in at the corner. 
Sadly that was to be the end of our scoring for the afternoon. 

Pocklington's response was immediate with Jonty Peters slotting a simple penalty. The centre then made it 10-5 on the quarter hour as the home forwards drove down the right.The ball was moved left where Peters went in at the corner flag and then sent in a superb touchline conversion. 

Gavin Painter and Peters  were both wide with penalty shots before Jonny Wood forced his way towards the West line with quick ball seeing centre Joe Holbrough power over midway out. 

Both sides had chances with Rob Thorn prominent with some strong runs  and at half time the scoreline of 15-5 did not look unsurmountable for the visitors. 

However, Painter was withdrawn at half time with his gashed elbow and shortly after the restart skipper for the day Andrew Rollins was yellow carded. Pock took advantage when we failed to release winger Jack Walters after a run down the right wing with Peters making it 18-5. 

Zac Southern had moved to fly half to replace Painter only to succumb to a double hamstring injury with Liam Checksfield taking over. 

Three times we had the ball and good field position, but on each occasion Pocklington defended strongly before breaking out to score. From a lineout on halfway the backs and forwards combined up the middle then No 8 Jack Holbrough sent his brother Joe diving in, Peters converting.  
Pocklington again turned defence into attack and as heads went down skipper Ben Rees slid through a long grubber kick - fullback Jack Fletcher winning the race for the touchdown and the try bonus point. 
The floodgates opened in the gathering gloom, the forwards twice carrying strong up the middle before releasing the backs left for Fletcher to accelerate to the corner. 

Jack Holbrough's muscular charges continued to do damage and another lobbed final pass put Rees under the posts, Peters converting.  

Then with the last play of the day Fletcher raced down the right wing  and switched inside for replacement flanker Owen Jackson to sprint under the posts to bring up the half century with17-year old Peters knocking over his fourth conversion to seal our misery. 

Two home games coming up and Dinnington and Malton and Norton will be fancying their chances after this.
Pocklington: Jack Fletcher, Josh Britton, Joe Holbrough, Jonty Peters, Jed Jackson, Matt Procter, Been Rees, John-Paul Kelly, Dave Birch, Johnny Borja, Tom Peters, Joe Brown, Jonny Wood, Jack Holbrough, Karl Durkin. 
Reps (all used): Chris Morton, Owen Jackson, Ben Stephenson. 
Tries: Peters, Joe Holbrough (2), Fletcher (2), Rees, Jackson. 
Cons: Peters (4) 
Pens Peters (3). 
Yellow: Brown. 

West: Zac Southern, Rob Thorn, Liam Checksfield, Eldon Myers, Luke Mallinson, Gavin Painter, Matt Siddle, Tim Blades, Andrew Rollins (capt), Ross Wood,  John Bunter, Joe Rafferty, Alex Barker, Lee Maddison, Carl Miller. 
Changes:  Adam Coates, Joe Willis, Adam Brown. 
Tries: Mallinson. 
Yellow: Barker, Rollins  
Referee: Andrew Ashwell (Notts, Lincs and Derby Society)

Pocklington 52 West 5
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27/11/2016 12:05
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Re: Pocklington 52 West 5
Rozzy 1 (IP Logged)
27/11/2016 12:15
Sounds awful ...it shows you can't always cover for so many absences. But we are an amateur team and players have lives to lead away from the game.
The next few matches will be a real test of character to see if we can bounce back.
Let's hope the injuries aren't too serious.

Re: Pocklington 52 West 5
28/11/2016 11:02
Can't throw a team together at the last minute against sides like this.
Hopefully it's a one off and normal service will be resumed with two home games to come.
I am sure the lads are smarting and will want to bounce back.

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