Pontefract warmed up for this Saturday’s Yorkshire Shield semi-final against Bridlington at Moor Lane by running in seven tries in 41-0 home win over Old Grovians in Yorkshire Division Two.
Young Kieron Tucker bagged two tries and Craig Fawcett and Matthew Bacon also both crossed twice in an impressive Pontefract display.
Jack Beddis, Callum Watts and Liam Kay were prominent for the home side in the early stages.
They went ahead when good work by Jonny Hill and Glen Boyd saw Fawcett race into space and draw the cover before sending in Bacon.
They soon doubled their lead when clever play by Fawcett and and Bacon led to Fawcett going over, with Kay adding his second conversion.
Prop Phil Lane drove the ball upfield and at the breakdown the visitors were penalised for not rolling away. Boyd put in a raking kick to touch. Niall Sandwith then took the ball off the top of the line-out and Watts fed Boyd who sent in Tucker.
Winger Richard Dedicoat managed to get on the end of high kick downfield but the heavy conditions hampered his run when he was heading for a certain try.
Leading 21-0 at the break, Pontefract made changes, with Will Storey and Harry Cartwright coming on.
There was no respite for Old Grovians as Fawcett grabbed his second try following good phases of play.
Numerous players then handled for Kay to score an excellent try out wide.
Pontefract continued to make all the runnning and lock Jonny Fradgley was pulled down short after a searing break.
Harry McAllister came on and upped the go forward before Tucker went over for his second touchdown.
The home side did not ease up in the closing stages.
Jack Beddis made a barnstorming run to pave the way for Watts to create the opening for Bacon’s second score to complete the rout.
Pontefract 2nds were pipped 24-21 at Morley 3rds after a last minute change of fixture.
In the early stages, Pontefract’s Matthew Hargreaves directed play well and Andy Coleman also looked sharp but the final pass just wouldn’t stick.
Morley scored first but Pontefract rallied excellently with Liam and Scott Hawkins, Billy Coleman, Hossack and Stuart Dedicoat to the fore.
Pontefract couldn’t find the finishing touch and Morley made it 14-0 with a breakaway try.
The visitors started the second-half strongly with Tom Hough and Andy Smith making good yards.
However, Morley got their third converted try to stretch their lead to 21-0.
Pontefract then sprang to life, with Hargreaves and Andy Coleman causing Morley constant problems.
The pressure soon told when Scott Hawkins drove his way over to open Pontefract’s account.
Morley kicked a penalty before the visitors scored again from a well worked move involving the backs .
Pontefract were now in the ascendancy with every move coming off and were soon pressing again as Morley were forced to back pedal.
A deft chip into the corner from winger Declan O’Mullane saw the ball bounce out a yard from the try line.
From the ensuing line out Pontefract stole the ball and threw it out wide.
Quick handling by several olayers along the back line created the gap for Andy Coleman to scythe through the Morley’s defence to score.
A superb drop goal conversion from Hossack cut the gap to three points but time ran out for Pontefract because the full time whistle went 30 seconds after the final try.
Pontefract emerged with great credit after a less than ideal start and first half. They showed grit and determination in the second-half and were unlucky to be edged out in the end.