Tue 03 Oct 2017 17:15

For the second week running Pocklington took an early lead against Cumbrian opposition but ended up well beaten, going down 50-3 at Kirkby Lonsdale.

Once again Pocklington tried hard but came up short. They are currently severely under strength - ten front line players on the injured list - but they are also struggling to adapt to life at National League level. They are making their first up tackles but are coming up against sides adept at offloads to create openings, then with the pace to turn those openings into scores.

That was amply demonstrated in the first quarter at Kirkby Lonsdale. Pocklington charged onto the attack and took the lead with a sixth minute penalty from fullback Dan Elliot. Pocklington continued to retain the territorial advantage, setting up camp in the Lonsdale half without really threatening a breakthrough. In contrast, the home side made just two brief visits over halfway in the first 22 minutes and each time came away with a try.

Pocklington back rows George Wagstaffe and Owen Jackson and lock Archie Fothergill worked hard in attack and defence to get Pocklington back on track, while debutant front row Euan Walker made a good impression off the bench. But Lonsdale showed equal endeavour up front from their committed forwards, and had greater firepower behind racing in in for a third try to make it 17-3 at the interval.

Things got worse for Pocklington after the break as Londale's pressing game increasingly forced Pocklington errors that the homesters were quick to exploit, dropped Pock passes handing Lonsdale three scores as they moved out of sight at 38-3.

Pocklington battled on and continued to have decent spells on the offensive. But they were unable to turn pressure into points, and Kirby Lonsdale were content to absorb Pock's attacks then hit them on the counter, tactics that brought the home side two more late tries and a comprehensive victory.

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