First-half foundation for victory

Pocklington 12 Alnwick 20

North One East

A brilliant away victory at high-flying Pocklington was marred by a serious injury to one of Alnwick’s players.

The Northumbrians travelled to Pocklington for the renewal of a fixture that used to take place many years ago.

From the start, it was evident that Alnwick meant business and they used quick ball to best advantage.

About 10 minutes in, Graham Potts carved a tremendous opening to score and James Bird converted.

Alnwick continued to apply superb pressure, which resulted in a long-range penalty from James Bird.

The number 10 was on the end of good, quick service and he eventually conjured a drop goal to extend the lead to 13-0.

And there was no let-up as Andrew Shell crossed for Alnwick’s second try, again converted by Bird (0-20).

Then a kick was dropped just behind an advancing Pocklington defence for Rory Mallaburn to race through and apparently touch down, but the try was disallowed and he suffered a serious leg injury, which led to a 15-minute delay.

The hosts picked it up after the interval, scoring two tries – one was converted – but Alnwick held on for a third win of the season.