Predators finish on a winning note

York Mitchell Sports League - Under-14s

Copmanthorpe....................................................................1

Pocklington Predators........................................................3

On a very wet, cold and windy day at Tadcaster, Pocklington Predators completed their league programme, coming away with a great result.

The appalling weather conditions meant that it wasn’t a day for pretty football but, in fairness, all those involved on both teams, did try to pass the ball around. Although not one of the Predators’ most fluent performances, the lads battled hard and put their hearts and souls into this victory.

With Harry having to come off early due to injury it wasn’t going to be easy for the lads, but Sam set up the opening goal with a quick throw out to Nathan Saltmer who passed a quick ball to Ben, finding Rob who ran to the byline and crossed to pick out Huw, who finished well.

The back four of Wright, Hughes, Hogan and the outstanding Harvey, were doing a great job of cutting out the threats offered by Copmanthorpe and were unlucky to concede when the weather conditions played a part, enabling a ball to skid through for Copmanthorpe to score.

However, the Predators responded yet again as Ed ran tirelessly, Ben chased down every ball and Salty kept driving forward. After scoring the second goal, Rob dropped deep to help strengthen midfield and Huw, who had covered every part of the pitch, put a great ball through to Salty who made no mistake, driving the ball into the bottom corner of the net to leave the final score at 3-1 to the Predators.

A great performance by all those who played and thanks should also go to the spectators and especially to Neil Dexter who refereed the game. Thanks also go to Footloose, the Predators’ sponsors.

Next stop for the Predators is the FA Cup final to be held at Bootham Crescent at 7.30pm on 9 May. All support welcome.