A GAME OF THREE HALVES!! Yes - the first half the second half and Half Time.
Playing into the wind Northern started brightly although Pocklington scored with a penalty after just 3 minutes. Shane Wright, on his very welcome return from a “walkabout” in Australia, equalised and although Pocklington went ahead again with a penalty Shane knocked over 2 more penalties to put Northern in front. Northern’s backs ran well and tested the Pocklington defence and was no surprise when Tom McCullough forced his way over. With half time looming a knock on resulted in a scrum and Pocklington scored to make the half time score 13-14 to Northern.
On resumption a long kick out of defence sadly drifted into touch and as the ball had been passed back into the 22 Pocklington had a line out in the 22. The heavier Pocklington pack caught and drove but the initial drive was stopped illegally and Alan Douglas was sin binned and from the resulting scrum a penalty try was awarded to Pocklington. Before Northern could catch their breath another Pocklington try was scored and improved and Northern were trailing 25-14. Alex Clark, on his very welcome return from Westoe, had to leave the field to be replaced by Lester Bell a new recruit. Again Northern gathered themselves and although the scrum was in retreat Ed Cawthorn was able to gallop over and with a fine kick by Shane Wright the deficit was reduced to 4 points. With the odd tackle falling off Pocklington kicked another penalty and scored a bonus point try. Northern never gave in and Shane Wright, on his excellent return, kicked another penalty.
Yes the moments before half time and the minutes after that "third half "cost us the game.
A mention must be made of Patrick Douglas who, once again, answered a late call-up and gave his all as a replacement front row although his preferred position is 2nd row. He performed well and his attitude is much appreciated.
The spirit within the group is good as demonstrated on the journey back which included an hour stop in Bedale where the landlord of the Coach and Horses always is delighted to welcome us as we are so well behaved .Our home game against old rivals Percy Park next Saturday is a must-win so please come and support - remember England don’t play until Sunday!
Final score: Pocklington 35 – 24 Northern.
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