POCKLINGTON RUFC claimed the derby spoils with a 23-14 comeback win over Malton & Norton - but it was not an easy victory.

At Percy Road, hosts Pock dominated the first quarter to lead by 13 points but lost their way in the middle stages as Malt edged ahead, before getting on top again in the closing stages to pull clear at the end.

Home kicker Christian Pollock opened the scoring with a penalty then, straight back on the attack through another pack charge, Pocklington twice worked the ball blind to the right flank, where Scottish wing Lennox Baselala flew in at the corner for a debut try. Pollock added the extras with a towering touchline conversion.

Pollock continued to run the show and, when Pocklington's next incursion failed to find a way through, it went backwards from a messy scrum and the fly-half dropped a sweetly struck goal to make it 13-0 at the end of the first quarter.

However, on 37 minutes, following three scrums on the Pocklington line, the ball was finally fed to Ali Fothergill to crash over for a try converted by Paul Angus.

Just six points behind, Malton carried the momentum into the second period. They forced a penalty inside the home 22, kicked to the corner then looked after the ball until they were up and over the line through flanker Matt Bowman for a second try, Angus adding another good conversion to go ahead.

Pocklington were stung into response and, on 75 minutes, half-back David Davison sprinted under the posts, Pollock's conversion restoring the six-point advantage at 20-14. Pollock added another Pock penalty with four minutes to go.

And when Pocklington promptly went back upfield Pollock's penalty success gave them a two score cushion with just four minutes left.

There was still time for some late drama as Pocklington tried to run down the clock, including a charged down kick and penalties to either side inside the home 22, before the final whistle brought an end to proceedings.

York slipped to fifth in North One East after going down 35-15 at home to Percy Park - their first defeat in six games.

Having lost all four of their away games so far this season, the North Shields outfit appeared to be welcome opposition at Clifton Park.

But they have also had no problems scoring points home or away, and so it proved Saturday.

Despite a couple of absences, York named an experienced team, with Evan Woodworth at hooker, Luke Stockton and Cade Robinson in the second-row, and Sam Forbes and Ben Dyson-Dent in the centres outside of fly-half Declan Cusack.

It was a back-and-forth opening with Park’s accurate line-out, while York were on top at scrum time.

The scrum produced the first score of the game, when the hosts pushed Park off their own defensive scrum-feed and won a penalty after four or five tight phases. Scrum-half Toby Atkin took it quickly and got over the line. Cusack converted.

Percy Park got their first points on the board from an Ash Smith penalty after Fordes, offside at a defensive ruck, was yellow-carded.

York restored their seven-point advantage from a Cusack penalty but it was wiped completely by the start of the second half, when Park winger Ali Blair cut through the defence on a pacey out-to-in line to score. Smith converted.

Ominously, the Park scrummage looked better after York prop Will Scholey went off injured.

Smith kicked the visitors ahead with a penalty and full-back Jack Peter ran in an unconverted try in the corner before Smith extended their lead with another penalty.

York gave themselves hope with five minutes to go, Rob Hodges receiving the ball in space on the wing to run it home.

But Park notched two tries at the end of the match to earn the bonus-point victory, Smith showing good acceleration to cross before poor York discipline saw the referee add a combined 30 metres to a Park penalty, from which the visiting forwards worked it over.

York have no game on Saturday and travel to Huddersfield YMCA on November 9.

Selby sit fifth in Yorkshire One following their 19-16 home defeat to West Leeds. The Swans have a weekend off before their trip to Old Brodleians on November 9.

In the only game played in Yorkshire Four south east at the weekend, Nestle Rowntree drew 15-15 at home with Stanley Rodillians.

Trees dominated territory and possession but did not get the points on the board and it cost them.

Rods scored first after breaking away and going over near the posts. Trees got back in it with flanker Steve Rouet crossing and prop Jack Gabbatiss converting.

Number eight Zak Hardy crashed over to give Trees a 12-7 lead at the break.

The visitors drew level on 45 minutes from a clean break before Gabbatiss added a penalty for Tress.

Even though a man down through a sin-binning, Rods got more into the game and levelled with a 70th-minute penalty.

Trees next host York RI on November 16.

Leaders RI had no fixture. They host Hessle on November 9.