Pocklington hit by Yorkshire knockout derby blow against Beverley

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POCKLINGTON RUFC crashed out of the Centurion Yorkshire Cup after a 31-17 preliminary round derby defeat by visitors Beverley.

The home side missed an early penalty chance at Percy Road and Beverley opened the scoring when they threw the ball wide and full-back Richard Bussey went in at the corner for Phil Duboulay to convert.

Pock held out as Beverley tried to drive over from seven successive five-metre scrums then, at the other end, Pocklington wing Billy Hardy won the race to a kick ahead to make it 7-5.

Beverley then pulled away with two close-range pack tries in quick succession through prop Alex Ogilvie and flanker James Holland, both converted by Duboulay.

Things unravelled for Pocklington at the start of the second half.

They failed to secure the kick off and Beverley again got the ball smartly along the line for Bussey’s second score.

Then Pock’s restart went straight into touch and, from the resultant scrum, Beverley broke away for Tongan wing Leki Atiola to cross.

Pocklington also had two players sent to the sin-bin but dug deep to dominate the final half hour.

Despite having 13 men to Beverley’s 15, the home side pulled a score back when wing Phil Knight ran in from half way and Joe Holbrough converted.

Home centre Tim Nixon also crashed over only to have his effort disallowed, but Pocklington did have the final word when Holbrough linked up from full-back to burst over.

Beverley will now host Wheatley Hills in the first round.

There was a minute’s silence before the game in memory of former Pocklington player John Bradshaw, who died recently.

Meanwhile, York booked a second round tie at home to Bridlington after trouncing Redcar 52-5 in the Yorkshire Shield at Clifton Park.

The visitors opened the scoring on six minutes after good handling, but York got on the scoreboard with a penalty from Ben Johnson.

However, Johnson missed a conversion attempt from wide out after Joe Kirker rounded off some good winger inter-passing to touch down the home side’s opening try.

Eddie Bradshaw then waltzed through three tackles to score under the posts, Johnson converting.

Johnson then kicked a penalty after four phases of driving rugby, and he piled on another ten personal points before half-time from a try, conversion and penalty to make it 31-5.

After the break, Bradshaw scored his second try wide on the right, using his pace from half way, and Johnson converted.

Redcar piled pressure on the York line, but the defence held despite a yellow card for Ben Hepworth.

York rose to the challenge of playing a man down, and a good driving maul towards the Redcar line resulted in a penalty try, which Johnson improved.

Peter Martin followed Hepworth into the sin-bin but Willem Enslin scored an 18-metre try, and again Johnson converted.

York RI turned in an improved all-round team performance as they went down 17-7 at home to Old Modernians in the Yorkshire Silver Trophy.

Old Mods touched down twice before RI star man Matt Halpin crossed for a try and Baptiste Briu converted.

The visitors then added a third try to their tally at New Lane.

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