Parsons nets two goals as Pock thirds in hunt for runners-up

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White Horse Church Fenton..2

Pocklington Reserves ..........0

Last weekend saw Pockingtons Reserve team travelled to take on White Horse Church Fenton in a game with meaning for both teams, with Pock looking to avoid finishing in the bottom two in Division One and the hosts looking to jump above Osbaldwick into the promotion places.

With both sides looking for the win, an open game of football was the order of the day and, despite plenty of effort and several half chances, the game was 0-0 at the interval on a bumpy surface and in windy conditions.

White Horse broke the deadlock early into the second half when a ball was allowed to bounce on the edge of the Pock area and, with Church Fenton quickest to react, they finished with a cross shot into the bottom corner.

Pock upped their game and led by Chris Murray, Ted Donkin and Tom Rogers in central midfield, started to create decent chances but as has been the way for most of the season, the final touch in front of goal proved elusive.

Murray had a shot on the turn that was well saved by the home keeper, James Saltmer saw his angled drive cleared off the line and, to cap it all, in the 89th minute a James Marshall shot came back off the inside of the post and bounced across goal to safety to deny Pock what would have been a priceless leveller.

With them throwing men forward, White Horse caught them on the break in added time to put a 2-0 gloss on the scoreline when a draw would have been the right result. But this summed up a poor season for Town’s reserves, who have only managed one league win in 18 attempts.

Aviva Reserves......................2

Pocklington Town 3rds.........3

Pocklington Town’s third team travelled to already relegated Aviva Reserves and, in a very scrappy first half, both sides missed chances at either end before Aviva took the lead on the half hour mark.

Pock kept playing their football and Alex Fletcher’s brilliant cross set up Mark Sissons for a screamer to level the game before half time.

Aviva retook the lead when they made the most of Pock’s inability to clear their lines but Fletcher again came to Town’s rescue, providing Jon Parsons with the kind of service any forward would be happy of as Parsons ran through to level for the scond time.

With time running out, Fletcher made it a hat trick of assists when again providing the pinpoint pass for from which Parsons was able to profit, as the third team’s in-form player of the moment made it five goals in his last four games, scoring the winner by going round the keeper and finishing well from a tight angle to maintain Pock’s late push for the runners-up spot.

It is worth noting that, despite this win, the man of the match award went to keeper Nathan Redpath for several great saves to keep Town in the game and, with two fixtures left, they may yet sneak into the promotion places.

Pocklington Town’s Humber Premier game away against Scarborough Athletic was called off last weekend due to a waterlogged pitch at their Filey ground, the game will now be played on Saturday 3 May and with Town’s first team without a game this Saturday, they next play away at Goole United on Saturday 12 April.

It’s a free weekend for the thirds as well this Saturday, next up is Fulford United away on 12 April.