Marshal Tyres sponsored Pocklington Town’s hopes of defending the Humber league cup were dashed at the semi-final stage on Wednesday 30 April when they were blown away by a Sculcoates team who started the game well and then never took their foot of the pedal when Town tried to get back into game.
With Scullys taking the kick off, they pressed Pock back from the start and took the lead on 10 minutes when a right wing cross picked out a forward for a header on target.
Pock keeper Adam Thomas made a great block but the Scullys forward was quickest to react and fired the rebound home from close range. Town replied with a 25-yard shot from Tom Rogers that the Scullys keeper held at the second attempt and, on 18 minutes, a Tom Reay corner was headed goalwards by Stu Lawson, needing a tip over the bar from the keeper to deny Pock the equaliser.
Scullys were set up to play on the counter attack and a quick break on 24 minutes saw Lawson yellow-carded for a foul on the Scullys player on the edge of the Town box.
The resulting free kick was headed wide for a let off for Pock and, with the game opening up, Chris Saltmer and Martyn Day both had runs down the wings but were unable to find the quality for the final ball.
Just as Pock were enjoying a spell of pressure, Scullys doubled their lead when they picked up a half-cleared corner on the halfway line and a quick counter attack set up the chance.
Despite Pock having two attempts to clear, the loose ball was forced home at the far post to make it 2-0 on 40 minutes.
Things went from bad to worse on 47 minutes when a poor pass from Pock when breaking into the Scullys area led to another counter attack and Jim Drewery’s attempt to make a tackle ended up with him conceding a penalty to leave Town 3-0 down at the break.
A half time tactical reorganisation saw Pock try something different to get back into the game but a poor Town clearance on 50 minutes needed Thomas to make a save, the loose ball again being forced home from close range by a Scullys player to make it 4-0.
A Fraser Papprill knock down inside the Scullys area saw Mark Watkinson’s attempted volley fly narrowly over the bar. The game heated up and a Scullys player was lucky to remain on the field following a horrible double footed tackle, with the referee deciding a yellow was sufficient punishment. The subsequent free kick summed up Pock’s night as Reay’s effort hit the post and was hacked clear after a goalmouth scramble.
With Scullys content to sit back and absorb pressure, the game was over as a contest with half an hour still to go. Despite Town working hard to get a consolation, the final goal went to Scullys as another break on 88 minutes saw the effort hit the Pock post but, in this case, bounce straight back to the Scullys player for a quality finish and a 5-0 margin of victory.
Despite the result, Pock can take a lot from this game and use it as motivation for next season as they have a young squad with plenty of ability, and nights like this will be good experience for the next campaign.
The man of the match award went to Tom Rogers for his superb effort in midfield and leadership on the night as he showed several of his teammates the level of performance that was needed.