Pocklington RUFC face the challenge of life back in North 1 East with much of the same plus a bit of something new as they look to regroup and rebuild after the trials and tribulations of last term. And the season opens with a bang this weekend with a double header - with a home league derby between Pocklington and Bridlington on Saturday, 3.00 pm. The minis and juniors take over on Sunday as they meet for the first time.

On the playing front there have been a couple of departures, a couple of retirements and a couple of new arrivals and returnees. Ben Rees has once again been named first team skipper, though his start will be delayed following a closed season operation, while lock Archie Fothergill is the new vice-captain. After leading the Panthers to two promotions in two years, Shane Sellers skippers the side on the step up to the Yorkshire Premier division and will have Martin Scott and Michael Gilbank as his vice-captains; while Wayne Grainger again captains the Pilgrims in the East Yorkshire Merit with Phil Drew and Danny Mudd as his deputies.

There is also little change in the club's off field management. After five years as president Angus Mitchell steps aside and his presidential successor is former first team captain, Paul Rhodes. And the new president and his wife, Claire, are opening their term of office by organising a ladies day for the first game against Bridlington on Saturday, when all wives, girlfriends, mothers and lady supporters are invited to help kick-off the campaign.

The only other behind the scene changes sees Tony Penn and Sean Bass reunited as joint coaches and linking up with a new coaching coordinator, Wayne Warren.

On Sunday the club's mini and junior section makes it's 2018-19 bow. Pocklington run teams at every age level from Under 6 up to Under 18 Colts, and Sunday morning is the first training and registration day of the season. Every team has qualified and accredited coaches and managers and newcomers are welcome at all levels, just come down on Sunday morning and make yourself known.

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