Plenty of effort from veterans

Pocklington Over-45s.......................................................2

Poppleton Over-35s..........................................................0

With no one forgetting to put their clocks forward, this game kicked off on a beautiful sunny spring morning at the Balk.

Pocklington were first to get into their stride and in the first few minutes they had three half chances. On eight minutes they opened the scoring when a perfectly-judged ball was slipped through to Ian McCrum just inside the Poppleton half. Ian slipped by his marker and raced towards the goal. When he was inside the 18-yard box he wrong-footed the goalkeeper and placed the ball into the corner of the net.

Pocklington’s goal seemed to wake up Poppleton and, for the remainder of the half, they played their part in a competitive match, but neither keeper had another telling save to make.

Although the game was not a classic, it contained plenty of effort. Pocklington created more chances, but their overall play was not up to their usual standard. Poppleton had one goalbound shot blocked by Chris Walker midway through the second half. With the heat and the hard pitch sapping the players’ strength, everything was set for a tense finish. But seven minutes from the final whistle Pocklington were awarded a free kick directly in front of goal 20 yards out.

To the relief of the players and crowd, Ian McCrum lashed the ball into the top corner of the goal to give the home team a bit of a cushion. Although Pocklington’s hard work to keep a clean sheet was nearly undone. Pocklington lost the ball on the halfway line and seemed to go to sleep as they allowed the Poppleton players to pass the ball about, resulting in a Poppleton forward being left in acres of space with only the goalkeeper to beat. For some inexplicable reason he placed the ball well wide of the goal.

Pocklington go into their last four games still unbeaten this season, with a game next Sunday (1 April) at the Balk against a team made up of Pocklington junior team players’ Dads with a 1pm kick off, and another home game the following week against Everthorpe prison officers.