On paper the score line looks as though we didn’t turn up last Saturday and whilst it was very disappointing it does not reflect the actual performance overall. The referee after the game did say that the score flattered Pocklington! Northern competed well in line and scrums until various injuries upset the flow. The most serious was to prop Lawrence Troke who was concussed and taken to hospital but was released after through tests.
We started well and after a missed penalty we camped in the Pocklington 25 but not could breech their excellent defence .The new second row combination of Dave Whitehead and Tom Schofield dominated the line outs and from an attacking move a flick ahead rebounded nearly 50 yards. Pocklington capitalised and scored a try against the run of play. Injuries struck and Pocklington went further ahead with a well worked try. The last 5 minutes of the half was spent within 10 metres of the Pocklington line but we failed to score.
Northern never gave up and although Alex Clark and Dom Fawcett both crossed the gain line that final pass or quick recycling failed to materialise and Pocklington were quick to punish any mistakes and scored 3 further one of which was converted. Certainly the injuries did not help but the commitment by the whole squad could not be faulted. We entertain Dinnington on Saturday and we look forward for a win.
Support away from home is vitally important and in addition the Fortnum and Mason catering (thank you Richard) is worth travelling for!! Book 10th October when we travel to newcomers Doncaster Phoenix.
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