On a wet and wild Saturday at Laund Hill the weather cleared up just in time for the match between the YMCA and Pocklington.
Although not in the title race this season Pocklington are always a tough proposition and capable of beating any team in the league on their day, so the YM knew they would have to be on top of their game.
From the kick off it looked as though it might be a day for an upset as the YM spilled the ball giving Pocklington territory and possession, which they used to full advantage as their flanker Will Sayer crashed over the line for a try within a minute of the start.
The conversion was missed. 0-5
From that point the YM were on the back foot and couldn’t get any possession as the hardworking Pock 8 took them on up front. Within minutes their hard work had paid off when Michael Millbank crossed in the left corner to put the visitors even further ahead with only 9 minutes on the clock. Once again the conversion was missed 0-10
More of the same followed and only some resolute defending kept Pock out until Bradley was caught offside at the back of the scrum giving the visitors a penalty which stretched their lead to 13 points. 0-13
It was fully 20 minutes before the YM made any inroads into the Pocklington half and were rewarded with 3 points from a Gavin Stead penalty after the visitors were caught lurking offside at the ruck 3-13
That seemed to galvanise the YM and they started to take the ball on with confidence using a good combination of both forwards and backs to push the visitors back into their 22.
The pressure began to tell and the YM were awarded a penalty under the posts which they elected to scrum. Having won the ball cleanly Bradley whipped it out to Bulky who was hard at the thought of himself running with the ball, then found Stead coming onto it a pace. From that position he was never going to be stopped as he powered through the gap to claim a try which he then went on to convert to bring the score to 10-13
As half time drew closer Stead again had the opportunity to add to his tally with another penalty after the visitors were once again caught offside bring the scores level at 13-13
In the few minutes that were left the visitors once again came back into the game but the YM defence was now up to the job and the scores remained unchanged as the referee blew for half time.
From the restart Pocklington renewed their efforts and forced the YM into defence on their own goal line for lengthy periods. This time there was no way through and the YM defended solidly until they forced a Pocklington error and managed to get back up the field.
Having turned the tables the YM then returned the favour and had the visitors on the rack, however the Pocklington defence faltered as Clough found a chink in the armour to force his was over for a try. Steads conversion was a victim of the wind but for the first time in the game the YM had their noses in front. 18-13
More of the same followed with Pocklington having lengthy spells battering away at the YM line without success only for the home side to break out and apply pressure of their own at the other end of the field.
A speculative kick from Clough looked to have been safely bagged by the Pock defender however as he attempted a clearance kick he miscalculated the speed of YM back rower James Tindall who managed to charge the ball down collect it and score a try in the left corner. Once again the conversion was too much of an ask but there were now two scores between the sides. 23-13
YM’s Garside fell foul of the referee after being adjudged to have deliberately handled the ball in the ruck leading to a yellow card.
Somewhat emboldened the visitors mounted an all out assault on the YM line battering and battering away at a seriously impressive YM defensive wall which refused to yield. Eventually the assault petered out and the YM came back onto the attack with the forwards making impressive ground well backed up by some excellent work in the backs with Stead and Clough being particularly troublesome to the visitors defence.
As the game drew to a conclusion it was the YM in the ascendancy, the Pocklington challenge having blown itself out. All that was left was for number 8 substitute Harry Scholes to take the ball on and smash his way through the visitors defence to give the YM the final bonus point try they were looking for. Steads conversion was again off target but it was academic by that stage as the YM ran out winners in what had been a tough uncompromising encounter. 28-13
Final score 28-13
A tough encounter but a heroic YM defence was the winner on the day. Some excellent performances all round and a good win.
Team; Berry, Bennett, Clough, Stead, Burns-Smith, Bull, Bradley, Dyke, Hill, Slater, Housley, Black, Garside, Tindall, Hodge.
Interchange; Appleby, Scholes
|09/03/2019||3:00 pm||North 1 East||2018|
|Laund Hill Stadium|
|33 Hadrian\'s Cl, Huddersfield HD3 3XZ, UK|
|Huddersfield YMCA RUFC||28|
Huddersfield YMCA RUFC