York Mitchell Sports League - Under-12s
Pocklington went into this game knowing that one point would secure promotion. However, this was never going to be an easy game as Brooklyn remained in with a shout for second spot. The hosts lived up to their reputation and were both physical and direct, ensuring that the Pocklington defence of Parker, Watson, Binns and Pattison had to be strong and uncompromising. Nevertheless, the match started well when, in the fourth minute, Broadbent and Ashby played a one-two and put Condon through to open the scoring.
Much of the half saw the ball ping-pong backwards and forwards with pressure being placed on both defences. A Brooklyn corner saw Durkin tip the ball over the bar whilst, at the other end, Condon, Stephenson and Ashby all had chances with good support play from Smales, Walker and Broadbent.
The warning signs for a Brooklyn equaliser were there as they played the long ball. A long looping shot sailed just over the visitors’ bar. Just prior to the break, the hosts had a corner, which was cleared to the outside of the box only for a Brooklyn player to shoot and see the shot loop into the bottom corner to ensure that the sides went into the break even.
The second half again saw Pocklington open the scoring. Following a mix-up in the home defence, and with several players close to the goal-line, the ball rolled over and was ultimately awarded to Broadbent. Smales then put a lovely ball through to Stephenson who saw his shot go just wide which was then followed by a well-taken corner from Condon.
Brooklyn were increasingly restricted to a few counter-attacks and set pieces. The nearest they came, though, was a free kick which sailed just over the bar. Pattison then collected a ball and his pass to Walker and Broadbent through to Ashby saw the latter toy with a couple of defenders with the resultant shot striking the side netting.
Pocklington sewed up the game when Stephenson and Condon put Ashby through to score to make it 3-1 to the visitors. A period of untidy play then ensued, during which Brooklyn resorted to what, at best, would be described as some firm tackling. Despite some late Brooklyn pressure, Pocklington held firm and came away with the points.
Man of the match was awarded jointly to Will Parker and Charlie Watson. Pocklington’s final home match is on Sunday 22 April which will be the reverse fixture of this match. Please come along and support your promotion-winning team and hopefully see them gain the point they need to win their league. Pocklington Under-12s are sponsored by Sinks-Taps.com.