York Mitchell Sports League - Under-10s
Pocklington Eagles 1
In their penultimate game of the season, Pocklington Eagles were away at Fulford for a mid-table clash. Bathed in warm spring sunshine it had all the makings of a tightly-fought encounter and so it turned out.
Pocklington started brightly and James Gardner was quick into the early tackles in defence making sure that an early goal was not conceded. Good work at the back brought Will Ella into the game and he set off down the right wing but good defending from Fulford forced him out of play.
Building on the neat passing that has improved their game recently, Elliot Driver passed well to Sam Hollands who found Will Ella well placed on the right. With early chances at a minimum, Will Ella tried a long speculative shot which went just past the Fulford post.
For the first five minutes of the match it was all Pocklington attack but a dangerous breakaway gave Fulford the chance to take the lead. Fortunately Tom Alston and James Gardner were aware of the danger and broke up the attack.
Sam Hollands neatly controlled a ball played forward to him and set off down the Fulford right, passing to Jack Creaser who was increasingly stamping his mark on the game. From the attack, Pocklington won a corner but were unable to take advantage of the pressure.
Again Jack Creaser was dominating midfield and played some neat passes with Sam Hollands and Will Ella resulting in a good cross. With all the pressure coming from Pocklington it looked like they would take the lead and Jack Creaser saw an opening, with a long shot, but the keeper made an excellent save to push it round the outside of the post.
Tom Alston was needed to stop a Fulford attack and Marcus Walker, in goal, was called into action with Fulford now trying to put Pocklington under pressure, first to race out make a clearance and then to stop a close shot with his legs.
Sam Hollands, working tirelessly up front, again raced forward and won a corner but, by this time, the game was end-to-end and again Marcus Walker had to come off his line to make a clearance.
Jack Creaser was relishing his role in midfield and, seeing his chance, picked up the ball in the middle, stormed past four defenders and blasted the ball past the helpless keeper to put Pocklington into the lead.
With half-time approaching, a number of changes were made, bringing Joel Tissiman into the game. Tissiman put a through ball forward and while Fulford had managed to cut it out, Sam Hollands chased and chased to harry the Fulford defence into mistakes. Sam Hollands again picked up a neat ball and beating two defenders had an ideal opportunity but was unable to set himself for the shot.
Half-time saw Tom Hollands and Joe Hollands come on for James Gardner and Sam Hollands to give them a run out.
Elliot Driver was putting in tackle after tackle to try to keep the score at 1-0 and Joe Hollands saw a chance, beating a couple of defenders but was unable to keep the ball in play.
Following a spell of Fulford pressure, a cruel deflection sent Marcus Walker the wrong way and the ball found its way into the Pocklington goal to even the scores.
Pocklington were not giving up easily and Joel Tissiman played a neat ball forward for Joe Hollands to latch on to, but Hollands was unable to convert it for an equaliser.
Fulford were now gaining in confidence and took a chance to make it 2-1. Now Pocklington had a tough task, Will Ella was determined that it would not be easy for Fulford and, along with Elliot Driver, blocked a number of shots.
Two goals in quick succession took the score to 4-1 to Fulford and Pocklington were finding it tough. Credit must be given to the Pocklington team as they did not give up and Tom Hollands was putting in good work in midfield, hounding the Fulford players to try to force them into mistakes.
Sam Hollands, back on at this stage, was still running and took the ball down the right wing, but he was again stopped by good defending.
Despite some strong attacking and not giving up, Pocklington were not able to pull any goals back and went down 4-1.
Man of the match: Jack Creaser.