Pocklington Under-14s await their fate in the top division

Brooklyn...............................0

Pocklington U14s..................0

Pocklington under-14s went into these final two games of the season needing a minimum of two points to be guaranteed safety in the top division.

After a long lay-off since their last game, the only team that could have overtaken them picked up the required points placing pressure back onto Pocklington.

Both games were always going to be difficult for Pocklington and at Brooklyn the nerves showed.

The first half, though, was fairly even with neither side creating very much in terms of chances.

The second half saw Brooklyn ramp up the pressure and go on the attack with Pocklington going deep and mounting a rearguard action.

Brooklyn had a number of opportunities to score but brave defending by the Pocklington players and some excellent saves by Brady Durkin ensured that the game would end goalless.

It was not pretty, but games are as much about defending and working together, and Pocklington showed bags of spirit and determination to come away with something and give themselves a chance in the final game of the season.

Man of the match: Scott Walker who was decisive in dealing with any balls that came his way.

Heworth..............................3

Pocklington U14s..................0

So, just 24 hours later, Pocklington entered their final and decisive game of the season.

Whether they were tired or not was irrelevant. Somewhere they had to find the reserves of energy.

Heworth are a good side having secured a mid-table finish and a cup final.

Heworth technically had nothing to play for, but you wouldn’t have thought it.

They attacked from the start.

Pocklington, to be fair, created some half chances with Tom Broadbent and Caleb Condon going close.

Heworth, though, opened the scoring from a corner. From therein, Heworth never looked back and Pocklington worked hard but were restricted to a few long range shots.

Jack Smales went the closest with a free kick from outside the area which eluded the keeper but sadly went wide of the post.

Pocklington started the second with another free kick which was well saved.

Minutes later, Heworth added their second and third goal and thereafter the game was beyond the visitors.

Pocklington continued to battle well and, for a period, dominated the game.

But with the game lost they failed to create any clear cut chances which would trouble the hosts or give Pocklington the point they needed to be sure of being safe.

At the time of writing, it is not clear whether or not Pocklington have been relegated to the second tier.

Brady Durkin, Charlie Watson, Scott Walker, Jack Smales, Alex Zachariou, Alex Silva-Durrant, Alex Ashby, Caleb Condon, Jamie Bray, Tom Broadbent and Rory Stephenson should all be credited with the manner in which they have stuck together and worked hard.

They have produced some exciting football in what has been a difficult season and sometimes against the odds with injuries and players departing.

They will have learnt a lot from the experience.

It is easy when you are winning but strength of character is really tested when the odds are against you, and these lads who stuck with it have shown plenty of it with a sense of maturity.

A special mention to Neil Durkin, Simon Smales and Steve Ashby for persevering and maintaining belief and enthusiasm to take the team through to the end and to the supporters who attended week in and week out to back the team.