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Pocklington power to fourth successive North One East win
10:58am Monday 30th September 2013 in Sport
RAMPANT Pocklington RUFC overpowered Northumberland opponents in the second half for the second week running to record a six-try bonus point win.
Following on from the previous weekend’s 42-20 win at Northern, the East Yorkshire side were 38-10 victors at home to Morpeth in North One East on Saturday.
Morpeth opened the scoring with a fifth-minute penalty, but Billy Hardy soon levelled matters with a home penalty.
Good attacks then brought Pocklington a try for their wings on either flank, Tim Nixon blasting through on the left and Hardy diving over in the right corner.
However, Pocklington also wasted a number of other good scoring opportunities with poor handling and it was into the second half before their made their superiority tell.
The arrival of replacements Mark Briggs and Sam Allen also boosted Pocklington’s attacking threat.
Debutant lock Briggs made big inroads with his powerful charges up the middle and threequarter Allen’s elusive interventions created openings out wide.
After the home forwards had battered at the Morpeth line, lock Tom Peters stretched out for a well-deserved touchdown, then the ball was spun wide for centre Jake Bishop to cross on the left.
Pocklington’s handling continued to let them down on occasions but, in between, they launched some thrilling attacks and another Briggs’ blast paved the way for Hardy to go over for his second try, which he also converted.
Hardy added another penalty before Karl Durkin’s thumping tackle sparked a 50-yard raid down the right which ended in Allen diving in at the flag.
Morpeth’s young side were under the cosh from Pocklington’s pace and power, but the visitors stuck at it and claimed a late consolation try from a tap penalty.
Third-placed Pocklington are one of three teams boasting a 100 per cent start to the campaign.
Malton winger Tom Newitt crossed for two tries and fly-half Charlie Ramsay converted both scores.
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