Kirkby Lonsdale made their first ever trip to Pocklington on Saturday without six first choice regulars, but they still came away from East Yorkshire with a 17-10 victory.
Kirkby weathered the early storm from the hosts and took play into home territory where number eight Alex Rogers picked up a loose ball at a ruck and charged over from just outside the Pock 22 for the opening try, converted by Tom Pickthall to give Kirkby a 7-0 lead after ten minutes.
From the restart they maintained the pressure and were prevented a second try when they were held up over the line but the Pock defence was good and they couldn’t benefit from the attacking five metre scrum.
The first half progressed with Kirkby having the slight edge and this materialised into a score when Pickthall banged over a penalty from around 25 metres to make the score 10-0 at half time.
In the second period Pock surged into the Kirkby half and some scrambled defence on the 22 saw the opposition scrum half David Davison come up with the ball, a jink and a half tackle later and he was in for a try.
The conversion from number ten Christian Pollock brought the home side to 10-7 inside the first ten minutes of the half.
Kirkby then went offside in front and Pollock tapped over the penalty to level things at 10-10 as the third quarter drew to a close. Kirkby missed a long range penalty when Pock held on but the visitors were having slightly the better of things and the tireless pocket rocket Stuart Storey confirmed this when he bulldozed over for a try. Pickthall’s conversion was good and the lead was restored at 17-10 which was to be the final score.
This catch up game win restores Kirkby’s position in the mid table mix as they head to a possibly defining away game at Morley next Saturday.