Veterans have the edge

Pocklington Over-45s 5

Junior Team Dads 0

Pocklington Over-45s’ opposition at the Balk last Sunday was the Pocklington junior team’s Dads. It was a 1pm kick off to accomodate the Dads being busy with the juniors.

It was a beautiful sunny morning, the pitch was hard and there was the largest crowd of the season to watch this very entertaining match.

The youthful Dads were full of running, but the veterans were keen to extend their unbeaten record for the season.

The Dads had to make a late change when player/manager Kevin Pickering chipped a bone in his foot on Saturday while doing some last-minute training down a water slide. Kevin had to settle for the manager role only. They were indebted to Mally Field who stepped in at the last minute. Mally could not be faulted for any of the goals, his competent performance made it hard to believe he had not played for 18 months.

The first half saw some fast-flowing football, but with very few scoring chances. The veterans scored the only goal of the half when John Myers was on hand to force the ball into the net through a crowded penalty area.

The Dads came close to equalising straight from the kick off when Jorge Garcia burst towards goal only for his shot to go narrowly wide of the post.

The second half started similar to the first half, but gradually the veterans started to get on top and, when Ian McCrum scored the veterans’ second goal and John Rudd scored a spectacular third, the legs of the gallant Dads started to tire. Dave Gamble scored the fourth and Ian McCrum scored the fifth from the penalty spot.

Both teams played their part in a very enjoyable game.