Sat 17 Oct 2015

Pocklington RUFC
Guisborough RUFC

Pocklington dug deep for a 10-8 home win over newly promoted Guisborough in North 1 East.

Guisborough play a high tempo game and they stunned Pocklington at the start. The visitors collected the kick off and 20 offloads later they touched down on the right to take the lead inside two minutes.

Pocklington had to tighten up their tackling, and five minutes later a big hit on halfway freed the ball, centre Josh Britland snapped it up and he burst clear down the touchline for his sixth try of the season, well converted by Nathan Saltmer. Pocklington came straight back from the restart and teenage scrum half Saltmer kicked a straight penalty to extend the lead.

Guisborough remained dangerous with their slick offloads and only a last ditch double tackle prevented another visiting score as Pocklington defenders knocked the ball out as Guisborough went over the line.

Pocklington regrouped and started to take control with their strong tackling and solid set piece work. They looked certain to score at the end of the first half as the pack drove up the left then the backs were released left only for wing Pete Massie's hamstring to give way as he went for the corner, leaving it 10-5 at the break.

Guisborough closed the gap to two points with a penalty just four minutes into the second half. However, the longer the game went on the more it became an arm wrestle, with Pocklington tackling and fitness overcoming Guisborough's threat on the break. Pocklington turned up the pressure in the closing quarter, coming close on half a dozen occasions as they battered at the Guisborough line, before settling for the narrow win in the end.

The victory took Pocklington two places up the North 1 East table to eighth, leapfrogging over Guisborough and local rivals Driffield.