Competitive game for Over-45s

Pocklington Over-45s3

Driffield Veterans3

Before the kick off in the game at the Balk against Driffield, there was a one minute silence for the six soldiers killed in Afganistan last week.

It turned out to be a competitive and enthralling game. Driffield needed to include four over-35 players to raise a full team.

In the opening ten minutes, Driffield were only in the Pocklington half twice and on the second occasion, in the ninth minute, they opened up the Pocklington defence and slotted the ball into the net. It was the first time all season that Pocklington had been behind in a game, but it was not for long. Three minutes later, in a blink of an eyelid, Roy Thomas ghosted in from the right and was on hand at the far post to tap the ball in for the equaliser.

As the first half progressed, Driffield came more into the game and they again took the lead on 35 minutes, when their forward was too quick for the Pocklington defender who was left appealing in vain for offside.

Again, it was only a matter of minutes before Pocklington equalised. The ball was fed through by Ian McCrum to Dave Gamble who tried to push the ball round the advancing keeper, but the keeper managed to get a hand to the ball. Dave’s persistence saw him win the ball back and delicately chip the keeper and see the ball trickle into the net.

Just before half time, Pocklington took the lead for the first time with a blistering goal. The ball was hit in from the right-hand side into the path of John Myers, who was again wearing those goal-scoring yellow boots. John met the ball perfectly as he laid back at 45 degrees and rifled an unstoppable shot into the back of the net.

The second half was just as competitive as the first, with both teams creating chances, but both teams defending doggedly.

Driffield scored a deserved equaliser ten minutes before the final whistle. A draw was a fair result.

Credit to ref Neil Dexter for an excellent display in a very competitive match. The next game is at home on 25 March (the clocks go forward the previous night). There is also an extra game on 1 April, with the usual game on 8 April.