Football: Hemingbrough finish strongly to deny Pocklington Reserves a trophy

NPOC - Pock cup match 1st May Pock in Blue
NPOC - Pock cup match 1st May Pock in Blue

Pocklington Town went into this rescheduled East Riding cup final looking to finish the season on a high.

But, despite taking the lead, they were unable to prevent Hemingbrough finishing the game strongly and a highly competitive game saw both sides reduced to 10 men by the end.

Hemingbrough created the first chance inside two minutes when Chris Day misjudged a pass and a cross shot just eluded the far post and runner coming in. But, with Pock putting the Hemingbrough keeper under pressure, he missed a couple of punches to cause panic in their defence.

Dave O’Connor was unceremoniously bundled over on 18 minutes on the edge of the area and a pinpoint effort from Day lopped over the keeper and in to put Pock ahead. But, rather than building on their lead, Town were forced back as they were unable to keep possession and Hemingbrough equalised on 26 minutes when a forward was allowed to turn and shoot from an angle inside the area. Despite keeper Carl Silburn parrying the shot, the loose ball was fired in from six yards.

Three minutes later, it was 2-1 to Hemingbrough when a run down the Town right saw a cross finished from eight yards out and, although another Day free kick created a goalmouth scramble, the ball was hacked clear to leave it 2-1 at the break.

With both sides working hard for the next goal, the second half was a scrappy affair with Hemingbrough using their experience to take the pace out of the game and being allowed leniency in their physical approach by the match official.

This led to tempers getting heated and both sides were reduced to 10 men on 70 minutes after two players squared up to each other.

This also led to strong words from both dug outs and prevented Pock from getting any forward momentum going as the clock ran down.

The seal was set on a disappointing performance from many of the Pock players when Hemingbrough bagged a third in stoppage time to guarantee them the trophy as Town gambled in search of an equaliser, leaving Pock’s young side to reflect on what might have been.

Final Scorer: Hemingbrough United 3, Pocklington Town 1