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Injury-hit Malton & Norton no match for unbeaten leaders Pocklington RUFC
10:01am Monday 14th October 2013 in Sport
A depleted Malton & Norton side were no match for Pocklington at Percy Road as the home side notched their sixth successive win.
The victory took Pock top of the table as previous leaders Cleckheaton saw their game at Wheatley Hills abandoned due to an injury to the referee.
Injuries again caused havoc for Malton, with the starting XV bearing little relation to that originally selected.
There were debuts for scrum-half Harry Owston and wing Nick Daley, while skipper Sam Triffitt played at centre instead of in his usual back row spot.
Pocklington always looked likely winners after going 12 points up in as many minutes and they were in the driving seat leading 22-0 at the interval.
But Malton’s determination, combined with Pocklington’s attacking profligacy, meant it was more even in the second period with both sides having spells of pressure.
It was all Pocklington in the opening quarter. They missed an early penalty and were held up over the line before number eight Matt Davies opened the scoring when he drove over from the base of the scrum in the eighth minute.
The home backs broke through from the restart and the forwards took over for flanker Karl Durkin to stretch out for the try.
Wing Billy Hardy added the conversion then kicked a straightforward penalty after Malt flanker George Harrison was sin-binned.
Pocklington ended the half well on top as their forwards and backs combined for left wing Tim Nixon to cross in the corner, Hardy converting from the touchline.
Malton came more into it after the break before Pocklington again camped on the visiting line until skipper and scrum-half Ben Rees pirouetted out of the tackle to score from close range, Hardy converting.
The visiting side were frustrated by some of the referee’s decisions and that boiled over just before the break when coach Chris Creber was dismissed from the touchline for his comments.
Malton’s best spell saw them apply sustained pressure without being able to break through, and Pocklington took play to the other end, only to twice drop the ball with the line in sight.
Malton’s endeavours were finally rewarded when Triffitt charged down a kick and regathered, and Malton kept the ball alive to send wing James Bulmer racing over in the corner for a consolation try.
Pocklington spent the closing stages battering at the Malton line.
Handling errors and dogged defence prevented a further score until the last minute, when the pack completed a pushover drive touched down by lock Dan Wilson.
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