York Mitchell Sports League - Under-13s
An evening match at the Knavesmire, due to a fixtures backlog, saw Pocklington extend their unbeaten run against a totally outclassed Hamilton Panthers.
Pocklington had Adam Falkingham back from holiday but were still missing three regulars.
Pocklington were straight on to the attack with Connor Marshall coming close within two minutes, closely followed by a powerful drive from James Snowball. The game was a scrappy one due to the home side’s penchant for going down the aerial route.
The first goal soon came after some good work down the left from Dan Litherland and a one-two with Alex Smith led to a Litherland pass to Elliot Russell who calmly scored. The second goal came from Dan Litherland, courtesy of a nice pass from Matthew Pearson. Goal three came from Marshall. George Booth scored the fourth, following a corner won by Litherland.
Russell had a well-struck shot saved, and then provided the pass for Smith to shoot just over the bar. Marshall scored number five and immediately made way for Matthew Reaney, while James Snowball made way for Adam Falkingham. Pocklington took a while to adjust to the changes and gave Panthers some respite, but Russell broke free and fired just over the crossbar.
Early in the second half, Russell scored number six after some nice passing with Will Frasier, who always looks a threat going forward. Adam Falkingham, who looked lively on his return, latched on to a pass from Litherland but had his shot saved. Litherland went on a trademark mazy run but hit the side netting from a tight angle.
Goal number seven came after Litherland won another corner and the ever-improving Pearson scored with a rare header. Marshall and Snowball returned as Russell and Booth were rested. Marshall soon began to terrorise the defence and soon came close. Joe Cahill fired over following a corner, a cross from Litherland led to Marshall slotting goal eight with a determined stretch and goal nine soon followed from Marshall.
Pocklington started to look a little casual and nearly got caught on the break, only an amazing tackle by Josh Craven saved the day. Litherland scored goal 10 and he and Frasier were then rested as Russell and Booth returned to the fray. Marshall, who by now was running amok, added three more goals to his tally. A period of casual play led to a Panthers break and their consolation goal as Jack Potter was left stranded by his defence.
An easy workout, but a ruthless display of finishing by the league’s deadliest striker Marshall, and a team that continues to gel. Man of the match was the highly-combative, highly-effective Josh Craven, deputising at left back to good effect.