MARSHAL TYRES sponsored Pocklington completed their pre-season programme with another good test against a strong Scarborough Division One side, Edgehill FC.
With several Pock players still away on holiday, it gave some of their under-19 players the chance for Humber experience and, with Town keen to play a pressing game, the pace of the match was frantic in the opening quarter.
Edgehill took the lead when Pock could only half clear a corner and an unstoppable shot looped over the defence and in off the far post.
Town continued to work hard and got their reward when a cross by John Heads was met by a Stu Lawson shot that was parried away for a corner.
James Haigh saw his inswinging cross tipped onto the bar and out for another corner. The next cross was hit near the post and Sam Taylor flicked it on for Matt Burrows to force home at the back post.
Having worked so hard to get back into the game, Pock were guilty of gifting possession on their half way line twice in two minutes, presenting Edgehill with two chances that they took to give them a 3-1 lead and, despite a goal line clearance from a Heads header on 40 minutes, the visitors took a two goal lead into the interval.
With both teams making regular subs, the pace of the game remained high in the second half, but the contest was spoiled when a late tackle on Edgehill player Josh Davies unfortunately resulted in a broken leg when his foot stuck in the turf.
The game restarted after a short interval with both sides remaining committed to their challenges and yellow cards had to be used to calm things down.
With good, free flowing football from both sides, Lawson’s header needed another goal line clearance, with the follow up parried over the bar from point blank range to preserve their advantage.
Despite a lot of hard work and good performances from the whole Town squad, the game remained 3-1 at the final whistle, but with the workout proving to be a useful part of Pock’s preparations for their kick off at home to defending Humber Premier Champions Sculcoates on Saturday 20 August, kick off 2pm.
This is followed soon afterwards with a second home league game, on Wednesday 24 August, when last season’s third-placed Chalk Lane are the visitors to the Balk (7.30pm kick off). Spectators are welcome for what is sure to be a competitive and keenly-fought couple of games.
Pocklington Town’s annual pre-season memorial competitions get underway on Monday 22nd August, when Pocklington Town B take on Elvington at the Balk.
Games between Shiptonthorpe and Stamford Bridge (Tuesday 23 August), Market Weighton and Dunnington (Wednesday 24 August) and Pocklington Town A v Wilberfoss (Thursday 25 August) follow in the first round with the second round of games to follow during the week after the Bank Holiday weekend.
All games have a 6.30pm kick off and spectators are welcome to enjoy what is always a competitive pre-season memorial competition.
Calling all boys and girls from years one, two, three and four, Pocklington Town Football Club wants you!
We are pleased to announce that junior football training commences on Monday 12 September, from 6.30pm-7.30pm, registration is from 6.15pm onwards.
All abilities welcomed, fees are just £20 from September to December, with full FA qualified coaching.
For further information, please contact either Ian Daniells on 07771 536602 or Kev Pickering on 07941 078772.