York Mitchell Sports League
Pocklington Eagles were away this week against table-topping Woodthorpe, for what proved to be a tough game.
The game started with Woodthorpe attacking, but Thomas Snowball and Elliot Driver were doing good work to cut out the early ball. Thomas Snowball passed the ball out to the wing where Elliot Driver made a strong run.
With Woodthorpe pressing forward at every opportunity, Pocklington had to take their chances whenever they could, and Snowball tried a shot from long range which went just past the right-hand post.
Sam Hollands was, as usual, strong into the tackle in midfield, making Woodthorpe work hard for their possession. Elliot Driver sent a long ball forward for Jack Creaser to chase, but Woodthorpe were awake to the attack and Creaser saw his effort come to nothing.
Thomas Snowball, Sam Hollands and Will Ella put up a strong line against the Woodthorpe wing attack and shepherded the ball out for a corner, the resultant corner going out for a goal kick.
Pocklington left their defence wide open but Tom Alston saw to it that Woodthorpe could not get through by timing his tackle perfectly and blocking an almost certain goal. Marcus Walker, in goal, was not being troubled, despite Pocklington having to do the majority of the defending.
As the half wore on, it was Pocklington’s turn to attack and Will Ella played an excellent through ball to Tom Alston who, in turn, found Jack Creaser, winning a corner as a result. The corner, taken by Thomas Snowball, fizzed across the goalmouth but eluded the Pocklington attackers.
Marcus Walker was called into action to push a Woodthorpe shot round the post and the fierce corner was headed out by Thomas Snowball. More superb defending by Tom Alston kept the score even and, with Sam Hollands chasing everything in midfield, the work rate was keeping Pocklington in the game.
Just before half time, though, a Woodthorpe attack down the left flank saw the ball played into midfield and the shot goalwards bobbled just in front of Marcus Walker who was unable to prevent Woodthorpe taking the lead. Tom Alston continued to chase and lead the defence, but the teams changed round at half time with Pock trailing 1-0.
Josh Jenkins replaced Sam Hollands at half time and immediately got stuck into the action in midfield, but could not prevent Woodthorpe from constantly pressing forward. Marcus Walker again pushed the ball round the post and Tom Alston cut out another attack but Pocklington conceded a goal from the corner.
More good tackling in midfield by Josh Jenkins gave Pocklington the chance to attack. Another corner was won by Pocklington, and whipped in by Jack Creaser, but Pocklington were unable to convert the chance. Sam Hollands came back on to replace Elliot Driver and good play between Jack Creaser and Sam Holllands saw Creaser’s shot go just over the bar.
Again Pocklington attacked, this time down the left wing, and Thomas Snowball beat a number of defenders and slipped the ball through to Sam Hollands but his shot was stopped by some brave goalkeeping.
It was then Josh Jenkins’ turn to have a shot cleared off the line. With time running out, and energy low, Pocklington conceded another goal in the last few minutes.
A tough game against a good Woodthorpe side but Pocklington never gave up and the final score flattered the home side. Man of the match: Jack Creaser.