The Old Pocklingtonians annual ‘Town v Gown’ Boxing Day reunion match against Pocklington RUFC was a well contested game until Pocklington pulled away in the second half to win 48-10.
It was real end to end stuff in the first half hour as Pocklington’s forwards held sway while the OP backs were always a threat. Pocklington twice went ahead as pack pressure ended with close range tries for No 8 Dan Wilson (1994-2001), both converted by wing Billy Higgins (2000-2007). But the OP backs immediately responded both times to get right wing Sam Knight (2001-2008) away and he popped the pass back inside for the school’s back row Rich Skowronek (1999-2010) to dive over.
That made it 14-10 with the interval approaching before Pocklington pulled clear with a lineout catch and drive try from flanker Jack Holbrough (1997-2007), and an opportunist score from wing Higgins which he converted himself.
Pocklington’s pack power told in the second half. Tries from prop Chris Morton and flanker Rob Kinnell, augmented by threequarter efforts by centre Billy Hardy and fly half Josh Britland took them out of sight, Higgins adding another conversion to regain the Bottomley trophy from the OPs.
After the match supporters and players convened in the clubhouse to enjoy a few pints and a bite to eat from the buffet sponsored by the Old Pocklingtonian Association.
(Report by Phil Gilbank, 1967-1974)