Thu 09 Nov 2017 19:29

Pocklington were again competitive, but again came up short against more clinical opponents as they lost 20-40 at home to Harrogate.

Harrogate got the opening score from an early lineout catch and drive try. Pocklington established an early edge in the set scrum, and with back rows Karl Durkin and Jack Holbrough giving a strong lead in attack and defence they took over the initiative. For the next 12 minutes Pocklington battered at the Harrogate defence with their pick and go tactics; but Harrogate had more speed, both of hand and foot, out wide and eventually made it pay. Pock were penalised for holding on. Harrogate took a quick tap on their own 22 then whipped the ball out right where a swift chip and chase brought them a converted try. And the visitors followed it up with a midfield break that created another try on the flank, the conversion putting Harrogate 19-0 up on the half hour.

Pocklington regrouped to again attack late in the half. They were repulsed by some determined defence which denied Pocklington a breakthrough, and restricted them to a Jonty Peters penalty with the last kick of the half.

It still gave Pocklington a lift for the start of the second period and the home pack charged at the Harrogate cover with relish. When the ball came out Jonty Peters produced a show and go to carve through to the line from 20 yards.

The conversion and a penalty attempt shortly afterwards both failed, but at 8-19 Pocklington had hopes of getting back in the game. But Pocklington's lineout had occasional jitters through the afternoon, and when they failed to execute on the attack Harrogate rushed the ball to the other end where another catch and drive brought them a penalty try.

It was time for the swift Harrogate backs to step up and take their side clear, breaking through twice in midfield for a brace of converted tries.

Pocklington remained unbowed, replacement Ben Rees probed on the right with ten minutes to go then Holbrough blasted through the Harrogate pack on the left to offload out of the tackle to lock Tom Peters who surged clear to score midway out, the conversion hit the post and came back.
And when Jonty Peters intercepted near halfway to streak clear to the posts then quickly pop over a drop kick conversion, suddenly Pocklington had earned themselves a sniff of a bonus point. They threw everything they had in the dying minutes in search of a fourth try, but the visitors resolutely closed them down as their rally ran out of time.

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