Pocklington Town lose to championship leaders

Pocklington Town 1

Beverley Town 3

Marshal Tyres sponsored Pocklington took on last season’s league champions Beverley Town and, with the visitors only having lost one league game all season and closing in on a second league championship, Pock knew that they would have to be on top form to get a result.

With Beverley fresh from winning the Northern Counties cup final in Lancashire at the weekend this was never going to be a boring draw and, with Pock quicker out of the blocks, they took the lead on four minutes when a defence splitting pass from Tom Rogers picked out Martyn Day’s run behind a square Beverley defence.

His 40-yard run and squared pass across the six-yard line set up Chris Saltmer for a well-finished goal, but it was almost as if Pock could not believe their luck and they allowed Beverley to get a foothold in the game as they sat off them and allowed them to play.

The equaliser came on 10 minutes when a long pass into the inside left channel was met by Stu Lawson who, instead of heading the ball clear nodded it sideways. This allowed Beverley to play another pass and, when Mark Watkinson attempted to head the ball back to his keeper, it lacked enough power and set up a shot across Adam Thomas and into the far corner for a poor goal to give away.

Both teams were playing passing football as the game went from end to end but a tight decision in the visitors’ favour on 19 minutes allowed them to go 2-1 ahead. As Pock held a high line, the Beverley No.9 looked at least two yards offside, but the assistant waved play on. Despite Thomas getting a hand on the shot, Beverley took the lead.

Things went from bad to worse on the half hour when Pock allowed the Beverley defence too much time to pick a long ball out and a quick one-two exchange beat Pock’s defence and set up another shooting chance that saw the champions take a 3-1 lead into the interval.

Despite plenty of effort from both teams, the second half was scoreless with Beverley keen to keep their shape and Pock unable to show enough quality on the ball and, when in possession, to break down a well-organised defence.

Pock will need to improve their pass completion and workrate if they are to be successful in their next game, the league cup semi-final against Sculcoates Amateurs on Wednesday 30 April at Bishop Burton. With the game kicking off at 7.30pm, all are welcome to come along and watch what will surely be a keenly-contested game, which comes three days before Pock finish their league season with a trip to Filey on 3 May to take on Scarborough Athletic Reserves.

This Friday, 25 April sees Pocklington Town FC hosting a game between the club’s Driffield league and Over 45 Veterans teams in honour of long-standing servants Pete Suggitt and John Rudd.

Both have represented the club as player and manager for too many seasons that they want mentioning but, after giving so much to the club, Pete has decided to step down as the Driffield team manager and John is at long last hanging up his boots as a player with the Over 45 Veterans side.

The lounge and bar will be open from 6pm with the game kicking off at 6.30pm and, with the promise of several guest appearances from players and managers from both players’ illustrious pasts, all are welcome to come along and join the club in wishing a happy retirement to two long-serving members.

Beverley Town 25 68

Reckitts AFC 27 65

Chalk Lane 28 54

Sculcoates 25 50

Crown FC 26 46

Goole United 22 42

North Cave 28 39

Hessle Rangers 25 36

Pock Town 27 31

Scarborough Res 25 30

Hornsea Town 27 28

Hedon Rangers 27 21

St. Andrews 25 19

Brid Sports Club 27 19

WestellaWillerby 26 12