Pocklington RUFC play host to Scarborough in final game of their mini-season
Pocklington will be hoping to regroup and get back to form after starting their five game summer series with good home wins over York and Goole before slipping to disappointing defeats away to Scarborough and Malton.
Pocklington RUFC were well beaten at Malton & Norton on Friday evening where they never recovered from a poor start and went down 47-19.
Malton looked bigger, meaner and keener from the off, and Pocklington errors gifted them two early scores to be 14-10 up within the first ten minutes. Pock were first to press but blobbed an attacking lineout for Malton to go 80 yards to the posts, then they messed up the restart and Malton again accepted with aplomb.
No 8 Andy Little worked hard to stem the flow with several meaty charges, while Andrew Kere-Rako, who was jetting back to New Zealand 24 hours later, made some slicing runs up the middle.
However, Malton were always sharper in attack and scored twice down the flanks at the end of the first half to be in total control at 26-0 at the interval.
Pocklington improved in the second half, but after a spell of Pock pressure where they twice created chances out wide, Malton hit them on the break with another long range score to be just about out of sight.
Pocklington finally opened their account when fullback Christian Pollock wriggled through a tackle to burst clear on the right before hitting the post with the conversion, and Pock gave as good as they got for the next quarter hour. But any hopes of a comeback were dashed as Malton were handed another seven points with an interception try from halfway.
Back came Pocklington as a raft of replacements made them more competitive, and sub scrum half Rob Boddy somehow regathered his own ambitious chip to sprint clear under the posts for Pollock to convert.
The improvement continued as prop Sam Garvey showed good skill for a big man with a deft dummy taking him 35 yards to score (pictured on his way to the line), Pollock again converting.
Pocklington battered at the Malton line throughout the closing minutes without being able to turn pressure into points, and it was Malton who had the final word as they broke to the other end for a final try at the death.
Pocklington Colts finished their four game season unbeaten, though it was a close run thing as they drew 21-21 at Hull Ionians.
Pocklington Colts surged into a 21 point lead through tries from fullback Ben Maycock and back row Freddie Parton (2), all converted by Maycock. But they blew the chance to put the game to bed, were short handed on the bench and wilted in the heat to see Ionians come back to level matters in the final quarter.