Pocklington Preview

By Dave Picken - March 31 2017
Pocklington Preview The last home game of the season and the prospect of a big crowd to welcome league leaders Pocklington - they  arrive knowing that a win will guarantee them promotion...

The East Yorkshire side are seven points ahead of West with three games to go - and even if they lose at Brinkburn will still be clear favourites for the single promotion spot.

After two wins on the road - where we came back from 15-0 down in both games - we are looking to at least hold on to the play-off place. That, by the way,  would offer the prospect of a showdown at Birkenhead Park on April 29th to decide who will be promoted to the National leagues.

Both Penrith and Alnwick are waiting to pounce with the Cumbrians five points behind and no doubt confident about their trip to struggling Guisborough this week.

So it's all set up for an exciting finale. We go into the Pocklington game on the back of a tremendous last 20 minutes at Morpeth where we scored three tries to overhaul our hosts - winning 17-15 with a superb last ditch conversion from Gavin Painter.

He will be one of handful of players who will have something to prove against Pocklington - having suffered our biggest defeat for many seasons at Percy Road back in November when we went down 52-5.

An already depleted squad was hit on the day by illness to skipper Dan Boatman and winger Will Hilditch. To make matters worse Gav retired at half time with a badly gashed arm,  quickly followed by Zac Southern and John Bunter. After a well contested first half the floodgates opened with Pock aggressive at the breakdown and ruthless in their finishing.

However, their success has been built on excellent defence. They conceded a try in their win at Dinnington last week - their first in more than nine hours of rugby. Unfortunately, full back Jack Fletcher broke his leg in that game and we wish him a full and speedy recovery

We go into the game without Sam Miller, who has not yet recovered from his ankle injury, Greg Edwads and Alex Barker who was excellent as a replacement at Morpet but is  away for a few weeks. Aaron Myers starts in Sam's place with Danny Boatman moving up to partner John Bunter.

West: Zac Southern, Luke Mallinson, Liam Checksfield, Peter Youll, Rob Thorn, Gavin Painter, Ryan Painter, Anth Carr, Andrew Rollins, Ross Wood, John Bunter, Dan Boatman (captain), Carl Miller, Lee Maddison, Aaron Myers.

Changes: Adam Coates, Joe Rafferty, Joe Willis.

Pocklington: Dan Elliot,  Tim Nixon, Pete Massie,  James Flint,  Josh Britton, Matt Procter, Ben Rees (capt,)  Chris Morton, Ben Stephenson,  John-Paul Kelly, Archie Fothergill, Karl Durkin,  Owen Jackson,  Johnny Wood, Jack Holbrough, .

Changes: Tom Peters, Johnny Borja, Joe Brown

Pocklington Preview
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31/03/2017 08:46
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Re: Pocklington Preview
31/03/2017 10:17
Looks like Pocklington have a very good defence. We will have to be more imaginative than we were against Alnwick if we are to get anything out of this game. No point in keeping on banging on a locked door.

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Parental Unit (IP Logged)
31/03/2017 11:23
Looking forward to it. Good luck lads and play heads up rugby

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Bigbill (IP Logged)
01/04/2017 09:40
Best of luck hope you get the result you need.

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