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Malton & Norton coach sees red as problems pile up
10:00am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Sport
Creber was forced to make a walk of shame across the Percy Road pitch after being dismissed from the dugout for comments made to the referee just before half-time.
The Ryedale side’s frustrations grew along with the penalty count as they trailed 12-0 in as many minutes and then 22-0 at half-time away to the new league leaders.
Injury-ravaged Malt were dealt a blow in the lead-up to the game as the starting XV bore little relation to the side originally selected.
Debuts were handed to scrum-half Harry Owston and wing Nick Daley, while skipper Sam Triffitt was required to play at centre instead of in his usual back row spot.
Although they battled hard, Malton were no match for a strong and powerful Pocklington side as they stormed to a sixth successive victory.
Malton incurred the wrath of the referee in the early minutes and a series of penalties got Pocklington into a position close to the tryline.
The visitors held a drive from the pack but a pick up and drive by the Pock back row produced the first try of the game after five minutes.
Pock, who had missed an early penalty, 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, midway through the half, kicked a straightforward penalty after Malt flanker George Harrison was sin-binned.
Malt held out with 14 men but 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.
Frustration at some of the decisions being given against them was causing Malton’s normally excellent discipline to crumble.
It all came to a head just before the break when Creber was sent from the playing arena.
With the wind at their backs in the second half, Malton put up a brave fight but Pock added to their tally after ten minutes when skipper and scrum-half Ben Rees pirouetted out of the tackle to score from close range, Hardy converting.
From then on, it was all Malton as pack men Alex Whittaker, Tom Parsons, Harrison and Ali Coe made inroads into the defence, causing Pock’s Matt Webber to be sent to the sin-bin.
In his absence, Malton showed that they had not given up.
A Pock clearance was charged down for Triffitt to gather and make a defence-splitting run before feeding fly-half Charlie Ramsay. He in turn fed wing James Bulmer, who crossed in the corner for a consolation try.
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.
Malt spokesman Bill Laidler said: “Credit must go to Pocklington who, like Malton, have a side full of local talent and there is no doubt that they will be vying for one of the top spots at the end of the season.
“As for Malton, the effort is being put in but until some of the injured begin to reappear it will be a long hard road.”
On Saturday, Malton & Norton host fourth-placed Old Crossleyans, kick off 3pm.
Malton: I Cooke, N Daley, S Triffitt, G Elliott, C Ramsay. H Owston, N Salisbury, E Buck, S Thompson, S Emms, T Casey, T Parsons, G Harrison, A Coe. Subs (all used): A Whittaker, R Featherstone, G Nutt.
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