After an enforced 24-day break since their last game, due to the vagaries of the fixture calendar, Marshal Tyres sponsored Pocklington’s Humber team travelled to take on Goole United last Saturday and went down 2-0 to a very good side whose passing and movement finishing were better on the day.
With Pock understandably rusty after such a long lay-off, Goole were quicker into their stride but, with Pock well organised, the first threat came from a Goole corner that was headed wide on seven minutes. Town replied with a Jimmy Drewery free kick that was knocked down by Greg Nesbitt only for Scott Sullivan to just fail to keep his shot down as it flew narrowly over the bar from a tight angle. Pock were forced to defend as Goole pressed them back but solid defending saw shots and crosses blocked as the Pock backline of Drewery, Aziz Barakat, Mark Watkinson and George Alport held firm.
A long throw from Drewery into the Goole area was flicked on but bounced harmlessly through to the keeper with no Pock player getting in on the chance and Tom Reay was unlucky on 18 minutes when he made a great run across the Goole area, beating three defenders before getting off a shot that was saved by the keeper. With the game being played at a good pace and with both sides keen to attack, Goole made the most of a poor pass on the half hour as a Pock midfielder picked out an opponent instead of a team mate and, although Pock managed to defend the break, they were unable to prevent the corner being headed in.
Pock almost levelled on 40 minutes when a great break by James Haigh saw him get behind the Goole right back and put in a cross that just beat the Pock forwards, although another Goole header on 44 minutes had to be cleared off the line to leave the game finely poised at the break with Goole a goal to the good.
The home side made changes to their formation at the start of the second half and this brought an immediate reward when good passing and movement set up a shot from the edge of the area that bounced to safety off the post.
Adam Thomas had to make a great point blank block after another effort was deflected into the path of a forward but the pressure told as Goole doubled their lead on 58 minutes, this time their No.10 making no mistake with a superbly curled effort into the top corner from 25 yards. Pock tried hard to get back into the game and a massive clearance from Thomas put Reay behind the Goole defence. Reay’s mazy run again saw him beat defenders before bringing another good save from the Goole keeper.
With both sides creating chances, Thomas made an excellent near post save from a Goole free kick and Pock threatened when Scott Sullivan tried a cross shot but, despite the game flowing from end to end, neither side was able to score as the game ended up with a 2-0 win for the home side.
On reflection, they deserved the three points, but Pock can take a lot of heart from competing so well with a weakened line up and having had three and a half weeks without a game.
The man of the match award went to Chris Saltmer for his tireless workrate in central midfield.
Pock’s last home game was against the current league champions, Beverley Town, last Tuesday night (15 April). Pock now look to prepare for the league cup semi-final against Sculcoates Amateurs, which is being held at Bishop Burton on Wednesday 30 April, 7.30pm kick off.
Last weekend saw Pocklington’s Driffield league team travel to play AFC Lounge Bar for their last game of the season and they finished with a 6-1 win thanks to a hat trick from Callum Dunham, two goals from Sam Richards and one by Scott Frankland to see the team finish the season in a respectable fourth place in Division One.
The team would like to say a massive thank you to long serving manager Pete Suggitt and assistant Andy Ball, both of whom have decided to step down after several years of service to the cause. All involved at the club and with the team wish them all the best for the future.
Also playing last Saturday was Town’s third team as they travelled to play Fulford United Reserves in their second to last game of the campaign. A dominant performance saw them win 4-2 with goals from James Marshall, Alex Fletcher, Mark Sissons and Jon Parsons, who bagged for the fifth game in a row.
They finish the season away to Riccall United on Monday 28 April.