Crocs well beaten at Pocklington

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The promise of the previous week’s handsome win over Driffield soon vanished as Old Crossleyans lost 48-15 at Pocklington in North East One yesterday.

The Broomfield men were unable to reproduce their fine defensive play and the damage was done in the first half as a useful home side built a 38-10 lead.

The next-to-bottom Crocs at least dug deep in the second half to limit the damage.

The visitors, who had player-coach Neil Spence in the back row with Will Travis unavailable, were soon 10-0 down as Pocklington dominated possession and territory.

Open side flanker Jack Holborough, who made several strong breaks, paved the way for scrum half Ben Rees to score the home side’s opener on four minutes.

Billy Hardy converted and added a straight penalty three minutes later.

Pocklington made it 17-0 on 16 minutes from a flowing move, fullback Jack Fletcher joining the line to touch down and Hardy converting.

Chris Vine replied with a penalty as Crocs made their first real foray into home territory but on 21 minutes Holborough scythed through, possession was recycled and centre Matt White crossed wide out. Hardy’s excellent conversion made it 24-3.

The visitors replied after 25 minutes, Luke Gardiner making an excellent break and young winger Luke Saltonstall finishing off wide out. Vine added a fine conversion.

However, Pocklington added another 14 points late in the half to virtually settle the outcome as the influential Gardiner received treatment for a cut.

Winger Tim Nixon rounded off some fine play under the posts on 39 minutes and when Crocs made a hash of the restart, Pocklington kicked to 15 metres of the visitors’ line and White went in for his second, Hardy adding both goals.

Adam Sutcliffe made good ground as Crocs enjoyed more ball and field position after the break but play was scrappy.

Pocklington scored their sixth try on 57 minutes. A driving maul went down and the referee awarded a penalty try but Hardy missed the kick from in front of the posts.

Crocs got the score back to 43-15 with an excellent try on 63 minutes. Sutcliffe made a 40 metre dash and Jack Hammond was on his shoulder to receive the pass.

Gardiner and Ben Greaves made breaks but Pocklington has the last word in the final minute through No 8 Matt Davies from a driving maul.