Tue 28 Aug 2018 09:17

Pocklington completed their pre-season programme as they went down 8-38 away to higher league Sheffield.

Though it ended up as a comfortable Sheffield win, under-strength Pocklington were competitive throughout and led until the closing minutes of the first half before Sheffield overhauled them in the closing minutes of both halfs.
There were players away for the bank holiday weekend, while the farming contingent were still busy. But some had a special reason to be absent - paying their respects at the Everingham wake of their former mentor, Nigel Elliot, who coached Pocklington junior sides with aplomb for 15 years.
The initial exchanges were even, but centre Jack Walters was sin-binned after just seven minutes for holding an opponent back, putting Pocklington under the cosh. With a reshuffled back line and Owen Jackson tackling everything in sight as an emergency centre Pocklington conquered adversity to keep Sheffield out and march to the other end where a lineout catch and drive saw Archie Fothergill, leading Pocklington for the first time, burrow in for the opening try (pictured).
Sheffield hit back immediately with a converted try but Pocklington regained the lead on their next attack as Jonty Peters kicked a 37 yard penalty for 8-7.
Pocklington were still ahead on 35 minutes, but the closing stages of the first half saw the bigger home outfit cross twice in quick succession to pull away to a 19-8 interval lead.
Pocklington remained competitive in the second period with flanker Will Sayer impressing on his debut off the bench, No 8 Andy Little leading a series of pack charges and Alex Smith doing a stalwart shift at scrum half in his first senior run out for two years.
Pocklington did all the early second half attacking, battering at the home line and being unlucky to not get a further score. But Sheffield then broke out to add another score and move out of sight.
Pocklington kept battling but their exertions told in the final quarter and Sheffield's greater size and strength told as the ran in two late tries to pull clear.

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