Town’s season ends with a loss as absences hit hard

Humber Premier League

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MARSHAL TYRES-sponsored Pocklington completed their league season with a disappointing performance and result against second-placed Reckitts on a rock hard surface on The Balk last Saturday.

With seven regulars from the campaign unavailable, Town drafted in four “guests” and turned out an inexperienced team.

Despite this, they made the better start and pressed Reckitts back.

Dan Boneham shot over from the first chance on three minutes and Town took the lead when Gowen latched onto a loose back pass to fire home on six minutes.

Gowen had another shot from 20 yards tipped over but Pock were stung by a long range shot from 30 yards that dipped and went in off the far post on 11 minutes to level things up.

Reckitts soon made it 2-1 after Kunkel made a good parry for a corner.

The inswinging cross was misjudged by the defence and nodded in from four yards for a poor goal and this seemed to set Pock back as they struggled to compete with their more experienced opponents.

Good passing between Scott and Alport set up Rogers for a shot that flew wide as Town finished the half a goal down.

With Reckitts carrying injuries and without any subs, Pock were able to control the game without exerting any real pressure.

A good attack saw Boneham felled by the keeper but the referee failed to see the infringement.

A rare Reckitts attack on 75 minutes saw Watkinson adjudged to have fouled the forward on the edge of the area and a well-placed lob over the wall went inside the unprotected post to make it 3-1.

Although it has been a disappointing last few games for Pocklington, it has been a good season overall and the absence of some key players since Christmas has cost them a better league placing.