Pocklington Town U14s .......0 York Cubs............................6
York Cubs went into this game having already secured the league and on their way to the finals of at least two cup competitions.
Pocklington knew they had a mountain to climb and, in truth, it showed.
York Cubs were stronger in just about every department, not just from the football aspect but from the physical presence.
In some strange quirk of fate, Pocklington players always seem to be a third of the size of players from York.
York Cubs effectively pinned Pocklington back in their own third of the pitch for the first half.
But, despite that possession, it was errors that helped provide York Cubs with the first three goals, with the fourth a lovely curling shot from outside the area to give the visitors an unassailable 4-0 lead at half time.
The second half again saw the visitors take the initiative and, early on from the restart, they had added to their score with a penalty and then a superb shot into the top right hand corner.
To their credit, Pocklington battled and, as the half wore on, they were able to venture into the visitors’ half and create some half chances.
With a bit of luck they may have reduced the arrears but, had they done so, it would have been no more than mere consolation.
Brady Durkin, Jack Smales, Charlie Watson, Rory Stephenson and Scott Walker worked tirelessly at the back and Caleb Condon, Tom Broadbent, Alex Zachariou and Alex Ashby tried to stem the visitors’ dominance in midfield
Alex Silva-Durrant ran all over the pitch as a lone striker throughout the game trying to grab what few scraps were on offer.
Sometimes, though, you just have to hold your hands up and say you were beaten by a better team - and York Cubs are at the top for a reason.
Pocklington now have two games left which may define whether they stay in this league.
They need to grab those games, apply the team spirit and hard work that they have put in during recent games and thus end a difficult season on a high.
Man of the match: Jack Smales who has been a rock in the side throughout the season.
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