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Hat-trick by George Harrison gets Malton & Norton back on track
9:44pm Sunday 20th October 2013 in Sport
There was also a two-try display from York City Knights rugby league star George Elliott as the Ryedale side won 39-20 at The Gannock.
Crossleyans had the first score on the board when Malton were caught offside at a ruck on eight minutes.
But Harrison claimed his first try and James Bulmer converted.
Malt hooker Alex Whittaker was sin-binned and Crocs scored a try from the resultant scrum.
Back to full strength, Malton worked the position for Harrison to get his second try. Bulmer again added the extras.
An unconverted Crossleyans try cut Malton’s half-time lead to 14-13, but seven minutes after the restart Elliott crossed and Bulmer increased the lead with a penalty.
Ian Cooke hacked on twice before winning a foot race for the touch down, but Malton lost Ali Coe to the sin-bin and the visitors again took advantage with a converted try.
Malton quickly ended hope of a comeback through Elliott, who broke a couple of tackles in crossing from 60 metres out. Bulmer converted.
With time running out, Harrison followed up a move to round off a heartening display.
Pocklington lost for the first time in the league this season, going down 27-23 at Rochdale.
Rochdale opened with a penalty and visiting skipper Ben Rees was then sin-binned for a high tackle.
Pock’s 14 men responded with their try of the season so far, with the ball whizzing through 20 pairs of hands before wing Mark Perkins dived over in the corner and Sam Askem converted.
Rees returned from the sin-bin to extend the lead from his first touch – snapping up a Rochdale heel to plunge in for another try.
However, Rochdale struck twice in quick succession to lead 17-12 at the break. Fly-half Josh Britland levelled with an early second-half try, but a penalty and a converted try put Rochdale ten points ahead.
Pock spent the rest of the game in Rochdale’s half but had to settle for two Askem penalties and a losing bonus point.
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