Wed 01 Nov 2017 10:31

Pocklington suffered another heavy defeat, but not before they had given it a real go away to Preston Grasshoppers. Pocklington took the game to the home side throughout the first half, only for nothing to go their way after the break as they went down 53-0.

Playing on a 3G plastic pitch for the first time, home grown Pocklington faced a semi-pro lineup containing former Premiership and Championship players recruited from across the north; and to add insult to injury they sawsome big decisions go against them - including having a first half try disallowed and seeing two men sin-binned for technical offences in the closing stages.

Pocklington were the first to show but Preston displayed how dangerous they were on the counter attack, breaking away down the right and despite dropping the ball in midfield scored wide left and converted.

Pocklington came again through No 8 Jack Holbrough and lock Archie Fothergill while Dan Elliot saw a penalty attempt slide just wide. And for the next 20 minutes Pocklington battered at the Preston line, only to fail to make the final breakthrough and prop Sam Garvey (pictured) was twice over the line at the side of the posts but the ref ruled held up - though most were convinced he had scored on the first occasion.

However, good sides can both defend and attack, and Preston weathered the Pocklington storm, then broke out to kick a penalty on 39 minutes for 10-0. And into first half injury time Pocklington were again outflanked for Preston to go into the interval 15 points to the good.

After shipping a try to the last play of the first half, Pocklington suffered a body blow when a slick raid saw the home side cross again in the first minute of the second.

Pocklington regrouped but Preston had a strong bench and moved up another level in the final quarter. Pocklington kept tackling anything and everything, but Preston's offloading and pace started to be decisive and a couple more scores took the home side out of sight.

Pocklington never gave in but knew it was not their day as Owen Jackson and Will Norris were yellow carded for breakdown and scrum infringments. Despite now being down to 13 men and the game long lost, Pocklington threw everything at trying to snatch a consolation score and battered at the home line again in the dying minutes. But their riposte ran out of steam and they had the ball stolen from them for Preston to go full length to rub it in with a final score.

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