Pock U12s on track for promotion place

York Mitchell Sports League - Under-12s

Pocklington Town.........................................................2

Pickering Town.............................................................0

Two weeks after defeating their closest challenger away from home, Pocklington faced the return fixture which would be instrumental in their quest for promotion. In beautiful evening spring sunshine both sides put on an entertaining and tight game.

The first half belonged to Pocklington who took a 2-0 lead. The first goal came courtesy of Ashby whose run into the box saw him unleash a shot that ended up in the bottom corner. The second goal was as a result of a 20-yard strike from Condon which beat the keeper.

The second half saw Pickering working hard to claim something out of the game and, as the half wore on, Pocklington had their backs to the wall and the combination of a strong defensive display, aided and supported by the midfield, ensured that Pocklington came away with the points.

This was another strong team performance by Pocklington and, though they had to battle to retain the lead, this was another example as to why Pocklington have conceded so few goals through the season and built a foundation for success.

Pocklington Town.........................................................2

Hamilton Panthers.......................................................0

Pocklington started this game brightly with Smales, Broadbent, Condon and Ashby interchanging in the first minute to create a chance. A ball from the Pocklington defence saw Ashby through, but his shot went just wide of the post. A Binns throw resulted in Condon picking up the ball to cross to Broadbent which again went inches wide. It was, though, a splendid run by Walker who crossed to Condon for the latter to shoot from outside the box. On a hard surface, the resultant bounce eluded the keeper to give the home side the lead. Further chances fell to Broadbent and Condon, but a combination of solid defensive work and goalkeeping ensured that at half time the score remained 1-0 to Pocklington.

Hamilton had gained confidence from restricting the league leaders and subsequently started the second half the more threatening. Indeed, it looked like the visitors would claim an equaliser as they battled past the home defence with only the keeper to beat, but Durkin made a last-ditch intervention.

Both sides had strong claims for a penalty which were waved away. Hamilton tried to prise an opening but Parker, Binns, Watson and Pattison dug in deep and, with it, Pocklington sought to regain the initiative. Condon made a good run and cross with Mullarkey going close. This was followed by another forward move which resulted in Broadbent being brought down and, unlike earlier claims, this resulted in a penalty being awarded which was well-saved by the visiting keeper. A pass by Silva-Durrant to Stephenson saw the latter go just wide with a shot. Silva-Durrant again made a pass down the wing to Broadbent whose pass found Condon. Having rounded the keeper, Condon slotted the ball into an empty net to claim his brace and with it the points for Pocklington.

This had proved a difficult game for Pocklington. Whilst they had the bulk of possession and Hamilton were largely restricted to half-chances, the visitors proved gritty and determined and clearly their strategy was one of containment. Pocklington struggled to gain the usual fluidity and passing with which they are accustomed. Nevertheless, this was a valuable lesson for the home side and the fact they managed to get a result and keep a clean sheet when things did not run as well as they have in recent matches is to their credit.

Man of the match: Brady Durkin.

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