Off-colour Pock Town outplayed

Pock v Hall Rd Rangers
Pock v Hall Rd Rangers

Humber Premier League - Premier Division

Pocklington Town.............................................................0

Hall Road Rangers Reserves.............................................6

MARSHAL TYRES sponsored Pocklington suffered their worst defeat of the season last Saturday with a performance that left a lot to be desired in many ways.

Missing the unavailable Watkinson and Lawson, and with Heads on the last game of his suspension, a weakened Town side never managed to cope with a strong Hall Road team that showed six changes from the one that Pock beat back in September, no doubt helped by their first team having their Northern Counties game cancelled.

It only took Hall Road five minutes to open the scoring, with a 30-yard pass catching Pock square at the back and calm finishing making the most of the first chance of the game.

Town caused their own downfall when they gifted the second only a minute later. A Hall Road through ball was poorly dealt with when keeper Rob Kunkel came out to clear the ball but only managed to misplace his pass to Craig Hargreaves. A lobbed finish from 30 yards left the stranded keeper with no chance and, although Pock were on the defensive, they had a great chance to pull a goal back when Chris Scott got past the Hall Road left back.

His cross was flicked on to the bar with a sharp turn from Martyn Day and, when the loose ball dropped to Ash Warner, only he knows how he managed to miss an open goal from four yards out. Pock briefly upped their game and Warner set up Hargreaves for a shot that was gathered by the Hall Road keeper but were soon back on the defensive, Kunkel needing to make a good save to his right from a shot from the edge of the area.

Hall Road made it 3-0 on the half hour when Town allowed them too much time to put in a cross from their throw in. A far post header looped in under the bar to set the seal on a poor first-half performance from Pock. It could have been worse when Hargreaves’ attempted header back to Kunkel fell short, desperate defending just managing to prevent a fourth goal.

A half-time reshuffle sent Pock out for the second half with clear instructions and a substitution to try to get back into the game, but Town failed to learn the lessons from the first half and conceded a fourth on the hour when they failed to defend a loose ball on the edge of their area, a one-two setting up a cool finish from eight yards out.

A Hargreaves free kick almost pulled a goal back and only a fine save from the Hall Road keeper prevented a consolation goal for the home side. With Pock failing to up the tempo, Hall Road controlled the game and scored a fifth from the penalty spot after a Hargreaves trip in the area, with the sixth coming in the 89th minute when Matty Burrows made a tackle on the edge of the Town area that was harshly adjudged a foul.

A pinpoint free kick picked out the top corner to set the seal on a comprehensive win for the visitors and a bad day for the home side. There was no excuse for the lack of heart and effort in an off-colour Town performance and changes will be made for next week’s home game against Hodgsons FC.

Players to meet at the club at 1pm please.