DESPITE several key players due to injury, Huddersfield Junior Colts Under 17 side showed why they sit top of the league with a well earned 21-3 victory over Pocklington.
Struggling for forwards, Huddersfield welcomed the multi-talented Oliver Kirk and Torin McDowell in the front row.
Lewis Workman opened the scoring with a penalty from 25 yards out, though the advantage was soon cancelled out as Pocklington kicked a penalty of their own.
James Neilson and Mikey Hramiak each had drives narrowly repelled by the opposition defence as the home side sought to take the advantage, but the sides enter the break at 3-3.
Huddersfield, playing at Lockwood Park, upped the tempo in the second half.
From a positional kick, Huddersfield chased and won the breakdown, from which Workman and Chris Cooper found space for winger Tom Nichols who raced to the corner to score.
When Pocklington’s effective number eight was sin binned for persistant offsides, Workman kicked his second penalty.
Matt Sherring-Lucas then crossed after racing to the line following a hard tackle from Lewis Berry which displaced the ball from the Poclkington winger.
There was still time for Workman to kick his third penalty of the day, and despite a late fracas resulting in two red cards, Huddersfield’s win will give them great confidence for a tricky November fixture list.
Struggling to cope with York’s superior pace, Huddersfield’s Under 19 side were comprehensively beaten 27-5.
Combining their Under 19 and Under 17 sides, York worked their bigger rivals’ pack from side to side and their early pressure paid dividends in the fifth minute when they were rewarded with a try.
The home side were being run ragged and their difficulty in dealing with York’s pace, coupled with some below-par kicking allowed York to control the game.
Two more scores before the end of the half gave them a comfortable 15-0 lead at the break.
A brighter start from the home side resulted in a well taken try by Sam Wood, but normal service was soon resumed as York continued to dominate proceedings.
Despite some impressive work from Ty Herring, George Smith and Ed Black, York crossed for two more tries, converting one.