Rossy hold out after fast start

Rossendale Free Press - - Motors -

NORTH PREMIER POCKLINGTON ROSSENDALE SHELDAN KEAY

R29 38 OSSENDALE RUFC have moved up to fourth place in the North Premier after a hard-fought bonus point win dur­ing an en­ter­tain­ing and high-scor­ing game away to Pocklington.

Rossendale were soon into their stride with a catch and drive from five me­tres out get­ting Jack Wilkinson over for the open­ing try, with Lewis Allen slot­ting the con­ver­sion.

Allen soon brought up the sec­ond, the out­side half cut­ting through from the op­po­si­tion 22 on an in­ci­sive solo ef­fort be­fore adding the ex­tras to hand Rossendale a 14-0 lead.

A for­ward drive then put Ryan McKib­bin over again, with Allen land­ing the con­ver­sion to put his side firmly in the driv­ing seat.

It looked like the vis­i­tors were on course for an em­phatic win, but just be­fore the break Pocklington hit back with a try from Ge­orge Wagstaff, be­fore Dan El­liott’s con­ver­sion closed the half with Rossendale 21-7 ahead.

The home side were first to score in the sec­ond pe­riod, Jed Jackson claim­ing the hon­ours. El­liott missed the con­ver­sion but a penalty closed the gap to 21-15.

Rossendale were keen to make sure that they wouldn’t throw their lead away and a penalty from Allen got the vis­i­tors on the move again, be­fore pres­sure from the pack cre­ated enough space for Steve Nutt to come into the line from full back to take the bonus point, Allen on song with the con­ver­sion.

Pocklington re­fused to con­cede with a try from Billy Har­vey, con­verted by El­liott bring­ing more in­ter­est to the game.

How­ever a break by Danny Collins and some sub­tle link­ing play from Fraser Lind­say sent Nutt, com­ing up on the out­side, in for the fifth, Allen com­plet­ing a clean sheet with the con­ver­sion.

In the fi­nal minute Pocklington man­aged a fourth try and a wellde­served bonus point through James Flint, con­verted by El­liott.

Rossendale man­aged to pick up their vic­tory though, with the match fin­ish­ing 38-2.

It means that Rossendale are in fourth place on 21 points, hav­ing won four and lost just two of their six matches so far this sea­son.

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