A DRAB wet morning was brightened by an excellent game of rugby that Pocklington under-13s edged 25-20, but praise must go to both sides and to the Beverley groundsman for producing a surface fit for play having been under snow all week.
Heavy under foot and with intermittent showers it was always going to be a difficult day for free-flowing rugby and the first half was punctuated by frequent restarts for handling errors.
This allowed Pocklington to set the tone using their well drilled and organised pack to dominate both the set plays and the loose.
Beverley were unable to withstand the constant pressure and could establish neither possession nor territory whilst the visitors ran in three tries in a one-sided first half.
After the break, Beverley were re-born and staged a formidable fightback.
Henry Fenn was the first to score in the corner after quick thinking from George Youngs capitalised on the visitors’ disorganised defence from a penalty.
Man of the match Louix Gorman had an outstanding match at full back in arguably the individual performance of the season and was the next to score for Beverley.
Penalising Pocklington for an errant kick from their own 22 to return it straight back, he fought and weaved his way through the visitors’ defence to touch down for a try.
It was Gorman’s defensive play however, that kept Beverley in the match, time and again isolated one on one against a Pocklington runner bursting through the Beverley line he stood his ground and tackled his man.
Unfortunately, there was nothing he could do as Pocklington created a massive overlap to stretch their lead to 20-10.
In a see-saw battle, back Beverley bounced with another Fenn score from a quick free-kick before the visitors pulled away again with a well executed play off an attacking scrum.
In an absorbing contest, centres James Couttie and Bryant Cruz both broke the defensive line but were unable to find their supporting runners to convert the half chances.
Gorman, however, was not to be quelled and added his second before making yet another try- saving tackle as Beverley left gaps fighting to find the match-levelling try.
Unfortunately for the Beavers, that was not to come and Pocklington left deserving 25-20 winners.