Thursday 26 December 2013, kick off 1pm, Pocklington RUFC, Percy Road, Pocklington
Pocklington 65 Old Pocklingtonians 0
Pocklington Pilgrims 26 OP Barbarians 52
A one-sided Boxing Day encounter in front of a record crowd saw Pocklington overwhelm Old Pocklingtonians in an 11-try romp.
In the mix and match game on the back pitch OP Barbarians won 52-26 against Pocklington Pilgrims.
All four teams linked arms before the kick-off to observe a minute’s silence in memory of Alasdair Swann (46-54), a stalwart of both Pocklington RUFC and Old Pocklingtonians, whose funeral was held a few days later at All Saints’ Church, Pocklington.
Yara-sponsored Pocklington were in mean and hungry mood after a 12-day break following their dramatic league win at Crossleyans. Their starting line-up was 14 of their first choice 15; and they never looked back after opening the scoring in the seventh minute, going on to be out of sight at 27-0 by half-time.
The OPs were always on the back foot but put in some plucky defence until the eighteenth minute when Pock fullback Charlie Allen ran back an OP kick for centre Josh Britland to score. Britland was soon clear again only to be thwarted by desperate cover tackling in The Oval corner, but there was no respite for the OPs as Pocklington maintained the momentum and powerful wing Tim Nixon burst through to the line.
With flanker Rich Skowronek (99-10) putting in a massive tackling shift, the OPs came back with some good midfield running from centre James Flint (00-11) and a long break down the left wing by Tom Henderson (00-05). But Pocklington broke incisively out of defence up the clubhouse side for the try, successfully converting to complete the first half scoring.
The one-way traffic continued in the second period and as the half went on the OPs were looking tired as Pocklington continued to punish them racking up a final score of 65-0.
This was certainly a tough encounter for Old Pocklingtonians against a very strong Pocklington side (currently fourth in the North 1 East league). The OP Barbarians fared better in a more evenly matched game on the back pitch. Afterwards all the players and spectators gathered in the club house to enjoy some good-humoured banter and catching up with old friends.
Photos: Ted Westmorland
Report: Phil Gilbank (67-74)