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1st XV - Match centre

Pocklington
Bradford & Bingley
J Thompson, J Holbrogh, M Britland, B Rees
Tries
A Sutcliffe (3), T Cummins
C Pollock, C Pollock, C Pollock
Conversions
L Taylor (3)
C Pollock
Penalties
L Taylor
Sat 9 Feb 14:15 - Northern Division - North One East Full time

Pocklington 29-29 Bees

Honours Even at Pock

Although the game finished with honours even and the general consensus was that a draw was about the right result, this was a game that the Bees could have won right at the death, had Lance Taylor landed the conversation of Adam Sutcliffe's third try in the 78th minute. However, it would be harsh in the extreme to place any blame at the feet of the kiwi half back, who had landed two very difficult pots at goal in the first half which kept the visitors within two points of Pocklington at half time.

Sutcliffe's score in the dying minutes completed his hat trick, but gave the Bees a four try bonus point for the fourteenth time in nineteen games this season, with only league leaders, Scarborough equalling that pace. The draw earned the Bees three league points and pushed the total for the season to 56. Looking at the league table with a glass half full for a moment, history indicates that 56 league points almost guarantees that a side cannot be relegated and even if Anthony Posa's men have a disastrous run in to end their season, it now looks certain that they will be playing their rugby in this same division again next season.

To turn things round and to look at the season with the glass half full, the Bees have clearly made huge strides forward this term as at the same point last season they were definitely part of the relegation tussle with 39 league points from 19 fixtures and only 360 points in the "points for" column as opposed to the 531 they have accumulated this season. The "points for " average this season is therefore about 28 per game, so the 29 the Bees pocketed in this fixture is about bang on the season average.

Taylor had a chance to kick his side into an early lead with a fourth minute penalty attempt, but the swirling wind, which was a feature all afternoon, just kept Taylor's efforts out, but the home side were swift to capitalise as James Thompson was over for their opening score within three minutes. After the opening exchanges, it perhaps appeared that the Bees took some time to settle into their regular patterns, but on 20 minutes, Sutcliffe was away for the first of his three scores. Taylor made no mistake slotting the extras and the visitors were briefly in front. The lead lasted barely five minutes, as inside centre Joseph Holborough broke through to score. With his full back Christian Pollock adding the conversion, the home side led 12 - 7 with 25 minutes played.

Ten minutes later Taylor stepped up to slot another penalty, his thirteenth of the campaign, and the Bees were now within two as the sides headed in for half time.

Skipper, Tom Booth, was doing all he could to get some momentum going in the forwards, and his efforts were rewarded with the vote for man of the match, but eight minutes into the second period, it was a Pocklington back rower who was in the limelight as number 8, Marcus Britland crashed over. With Pollock improving the score with another conversion, it was now 19-10 with fully half an hour to play.

Almost immediately following that score, the Bees brought Benny Greaves off the bench to perhaps lead from the back, replacing Tanner Lightfoot in the Bees backline. Greaves certainly looked busy from the outset, but it was a Bees forward who brought the side right back into the game, as Tom Cummins crashed through for his sixth score of the season. Taylor made no mistake with the extra points and it was now definitely game on as the Bees were two points adrift with the final quarter still to play.

Pollock answered Cummins' score with a penalty and then with thirteen minutes left on the watch, scrum half, Ben Rees put his side 12 points clear of the visitors with his side's fourth try.
Pocklington then lost their hooker, James Thornton to the sin bin, their third yellow card of the game, and within a minute the Bees had another try and conversion on the board as the Sutcliffe and Taylor combination added seven points. There was now only seven or possibly eight minutes on the watch and it seemed that a score from either side would have the game won, and on 77 minutes Sutcliffe broke free to dot down leaving Taylor the conversion to win the game. However, it was not to be and on balance, both sides will be reasonably plased with their three points after an entertaining 80 minutes.

By
Nick Patterson

Quilter Kids First Skills Series: Crab Football

Key moments

8:00
Try James Thompson scores for Pocklington
20:00
Try Adam Sutcliffe scores for Bradford & Bingley
21:00
Conversion Lance Taylor kicks a conversion for Bradford & Bingley
24:00
Try Joseph Holbrogh scores for Pocklington
25:00
Conversion Chris Pollock kicks a conversion for Pocklington
35:00
Penalty Lance Taylor kicks a penalty for Bradford & Bingley
48:00
Try Marcus Britland scores for Pocklington
49:00
Conversion Chris Pollock kicks a conversion for Pocklington
61:00
Try Tom Cummins scores for Bradford & Bingley
62:00
Conversion Lance Taylor kicks a conversion for Bradford & Bingley
64:00
Penalty Chris Pollock kicks a penalty for Pocklington
67:00
Try Ben Rees scores for Pocklington
68:00
Conversion Chris Pollock kicks a conversion for Pocklington
72:00
Try Adam Sutcliffe scores for Bradford & Bingley
73:00
Conversion Lance Taylor kicks a conversion for Bradford & Bingley
77:00
Try Adam Sutcliffe scores for Bradford & Bingley

Highlights

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78:00 Missed Conversion
Lance Taylor misses a conversion for Bradford & Bingley
77:00 Try 29 - 29
Adam Sutcliffe scores for Bradford & Bingley
73:00 Sub Off
Tom Booth is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
73:00 Conversion 29 - 24
Lance Taylor kicks a conversion for Bradford & Bingley
73:00 Sub On
Corey Spencer is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
72:00 Try 29 - 22
Adam Sutcliffe scores for Bradford & Bingley
71:00 Yellow Card
James Thornton is yellow carded for Pocklington
68:00 Conversion 29 - 17
Chris Pollock kicks a conversion for Pocklington
67:00 Try 27 - 17
Ben Rees scores for Pocklington
64:00 Penalty 22 - 17
Chris Pollock kicks a penalty for Pocklington
62:00 Conversion 19 - 17
Lance Taylor kicks a conversion for Bradford & Bingley
61:00 Try 19 - 15
Tom Cummins scores for Bradford & Bingley
58:00 Sub Off
Mat Cochrane is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
58:00 Sub On
William Booth is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
52:00 Yellow Card
Joseph Holbrogh is yellow carded for Pocklington
49:00 Sub On
Joe Daley is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
49:00 Sub On
Benny Greaves is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
49:00 Sub Off
Tanner Lightfoot is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
49:00 Sub Off
Corey Spencer is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
49:00 Conversion 19 - 10
Chris Pollock kicks a conversion for Pocklington
48:00 Try 17 - 10
Marcus Britland scores for Pocklington
End of period 1
35:00 Penalty 12 - 10
Lance Taylor kicks a penalty for Bradford & Bingley
28:00 Sub Off
William Booth is substituted off for Bradford & Bingley
28:00 Sub On
Alex Keeton is substituted on for Bradford & Bingley
25:00 Conversion 12 - 7
Chris Pollock kicks a conversion for Pocklington
24:00 Try 10 - 7
Joseph Holbrogh scores for Pocklington
21:00 Conversion 5 - 7
Lance Taylor kicks a conversion for Bradford & Bingley
20:00 Try 5 - 5
Adam Sutcliffe scores for Bradford & Bingley
18:00 Yellow Card
Marcus Britland is yellow carded for Pocklington
9:00 Missed Conversion
Chris Pollock misses a conversion for Pocklington
8:00 Try 5 - 0
James Thompson scores for Pocklington
4:00 Missed Penalty
Lance Taylor misses a penalty for Bradford & Bingley
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Pocklington
  • Bradford & Bingley
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  • James Thompson Try 8:00'
  • Marcus Britland Yellow Card 18:00'
  • Adam Sutcliffe Try 20:00'
  • Lance Taylor Conversion 21:00'
  • Joseph Holbrogh Try 24:00'
  • Chris Pollock Conversion 25:00'
  • William Booth Sub Off 28:00'
  • Alex Keeton Sub On 28:00'
  • Lance Taylor Penalty 35:00'
  • Marcus Britland Try 48:00'
  • Corey Spencer Sub Off 49:00'
  • Chris Pollock Conversion 49:00'
  • Joe Daley Sub On 49:00'
  • Benny Greaves Sub On 49:00'
  • Tanner Lightfoot Sub Off 49:00'
  • Joseph Holbrogh Yellow Card 52:00'
  • Mat Cochrane Sub Off 58:00'
  • William Booth Sub On 58:00'
  • Tom Cummins Try 61:00'
  • Lance Taylor Conversion 62:00'
  • Chris Pollock Penalty 64:00'
  • Ben Rees Try 67:00'
  • Chris Pollock Conversion 68:00'
  • James Thornton Yellow Card 71:00'
  • Adam Sutcliffe Try 72:00'
  • Lance Taylor Conversion 73:00'
  • Corey Spencer Sub On 73:00'
  • Tom Booth Sub Off 73:00'
  • Adam Sutcliffe Try 77:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Morpeth 20 78
2. Scarborough 20 74
3. Huddersfield Y.M.C.A. 20 66
4. Morley 19 63
5. Bradford & Bingley 20 61
6. Driffield 20 53
7. Malton and Norton 20 52

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