Aztecs end season on a high with five goals

Pocklington Aztecs.............3

Aviva...................................5

On a pleasant evening it was the Aztec’s final home game of the season – they could not have had a worse start.

From the kick off Aviva played a long ball over the top for the striker to muscle his way through and slot home – 0-1 after one minute. However, from the restart, the ball spun away to the left and Alex Hunt won his 50:50 challenge and played a superb ball to striker Cameron Coulthard, who skipped past the defender’s challenge to slot home a curling shot into the corner – 1-1 after two minutes – what a start to the game.

The Aztecs played some good football from the back and into midfield with good link up play between Patrick Wilson and Johnny Loft, but Johnny’s shot went wide of the net. Aviva came back into the game and, with their striker clean through, Peter Fox pulled off the save of the season, dropping down low to palm the bulleted shot around the post.

Ben Richardson was battling hard in midfield with Jack Taylor, with good use of Patrick and Jake Wilson on the wings but the final shots were sprayed either left or right of the post or over the bar – the lads should have gone in front but it was Aviva who did, with good wing play and a cross-cum-shot ending up in the Aztecs net.

The Aztecs responded within minutes with an equaliser – Alex Hunt again providing the assist to Johnny to slot home. However, they could not hold onto this until half time as Aviva managed to nick two goals just before the break. A great game to watch forthe neutral supporter.

After the break it was fairly even with both teams working hard to counter the other. Strong challenges were evident from both sides, with substitute Matty Gardner tackling like his life depended on it. Jack Allanson also came on and provided good cover for Jake – he was strong in his challenges and used the ball intelligently.

The next goal would prove crucial – the Aztecs had two opportunities to level but spurned these. Aviva, however, won a corner and managed to scramble the ball over the line to bring the scoreline to 2-5.

With 20 minutes to go, the Aztecs raised their game and Johnny took the ball into the left corner, skipped past a defender, then another and was then upended in the box to earn a deserved penalty. Up stepped Cameron to slot under the diving keeper to bring the score back to 3-5. The fight was on to earn a draw. Chance after chance came and went narrowly by. Again and again the Aztecs pressed but the Aviva defence stood strong, and wayward shooting did not help. The Aztecs deserved at least a draw with great commitment but poor finishing was their undoing.

Men of match: Alex Hunt, Matty Gardner and Peter Fox.

Huntington............................1

Pocklington Aztecs.............. 5

On a sunny but blustery afternoon, it was away to Huntington for the last game of the season. The lads started solidly from the back with strong tackling from Nick Price Norman and Aaron Fraiser. Patrick Wilson was linking up well on the left wing with Cameron Coulthard, who had an early chance to break the deadlock. Jack Taylor and Ben Richardson were being dominant in the midfield of the pitch, tackling hard and passing the ball into space for Jake Wilson and Patrick to run onto.

The first goal was started from the back with a strong challenge from Matty Gardner, who passed to Jake, who put Cameron into space for him to skip past the last defender and smash home a great opener. The lads continued to press the ball in the Huntington half but the second goal was proving elusive.

The pressure did tell after the third corner, Ben whipped in, it landed at Jack’s feet for him to stab home at the back post. The lads dominated so much and should have increased their lead before half time but the Huntington keeper saved bravely at the feet of Alex Hunt. A great half of football in which Peter Fox in goal hardly had anything to save.

After the break, the challenges were flying in from both sides as Huntington pressed the Aztecs back into their half. On the occasional break, Patrick and Cameron managed to get the right side of the defence but their final shots went either side of the posts. It took a moment of persistence and brilliance from Alex to increase the scoreline.

George Waite won the ball fairly at the back and passed to Alex, who was surrounded by two burly defenders. Alex used his strength to muscle one out of the way and put it through the legs of the second and then shot hard and low into the bottom corner.

Huntington did not give up and were battling for every ball in midfield and had a few more chances but the shots were wayward or Nick or Aaron snuffed them out.

The fourth goal came from a free kick on the edge of the box, which Ben floated over the wall and onto the crossbar. From the rebound, Jack reacted quickest and followed up to smash past the stranded keeper. Alex then set up Patrick with a well-weighted pass for him to run onto and skip past his marker with ease, but his shot slammed into the side netting.

With seven minutes to go, Huntington managed a consolation goal from a long throw and, with the swirling wind, the ball sneaked through to the back post for their striker to tap in. The Aztecs were undeterred as from the kick off, they took the game into the Huntington half and managed to add a fifth. Nick stole the ball at centre half and played a great pass to Ben out wide, who knocked it to Alex and, brimming with confidence, he let out an unstoppable shot right into the roof of the net, away from the outstretched arm of the Huntington keeper – a superb way to end a great game of football.

The Aztecs have deserved this win for sticking together through many ups and downs – it has been a credit to themselves for their commitment throughout all the seasons – we wish them all the best as they progress to under-18 and under-19s football.