Post comes to Pocklington RUFC’s rescue in thrilling West Hartlepool clash

York Press: Malton & Norton’s Mark Bradshaw breaks through the Rochdale defence Malton & Norton’s Mark Bradshaw breaks through the Rochdale defence

POCKLINGTON RUFC cemented second place in North One East with a 14-12 home victory over promotion rivals West Hartlepool.

The Percy Road hosts battled back to win from being 12 points down after only ten minutes, leaving it late to get the winning score and then watching as West missed two penalty attempts.

Pocklington adapted their tactics when 12-0 behind and their pressure brought a series of penalties, with Billy Hardy kicking three goals from six attempts to close the gap at 12-9 at the interval.

The breakthrough came deep into the final quarter when replacement scrum-half Graham Pickering picked up from a five-yard scrum and darted over.

Hartlepool could have stolen it, but they pulled a straightforward penalty wide then hit a post from long range.

Malton & Norton lost 22-10 at home to Rochdale in the same division.

Rochdale scored three tries in the first 15 minutes to lead 15-0 at the break.

Malton hit back on 50 minutes. Number eight Mark Bradshaw was adjudged to have been held up in the act of scoring, but from the scrum winger Leki Atiola went over.

A converted penalty try put Rochdale 22-5 in front with 15 minutes remaining and Malton could only respond with late try by centre Harry Shepherd.

Selby overcame the absence of 11 first-team players to beat Bridlington 50-14 in Yorkshire One at Sandhill Lane.

Bridlington led 14-12 after 20 minutes, Selby’s tries coming from Ben Lunt and Alex Hare, with Dan Porter kicking a conversion.

The Swans rallied to lead 26-14 at the interval with tries by Martin Protheroe and Hare, both converted by Porter, and the hosts cut loose in the second half.

Stephen Clark touched down on 50 minutes and Hare completed his hat-trick on 68 minutes, with Porter converting.

Fly-half Porter, who Brid struggled to contain, took his points tally to 20 with tries in the 72nd and 81st minutes, the second of which was converted.

Sixth-placed York were 39-0 winners at Pontefract, a victory that kept them seven points behind leaders Ilkley in a tight Yorkshire One table.

York, who led 8-0 at the break, scored tries through David Bates, Ben Johnson, Hugh Nicholson, Steve Kerr, Willem Enslin and debutant Giles Wright.

York RI lost 15-0 to Leeds Corinthians in a dour Yorkshire Four struggle at New Lane. The visitors led 6-0 at the interval courtesy of two penalties. Injury-hit RI, who lost two players in the second half, were hit by a string of penalties, with Corinthians adding three more successful kicks.

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