Pocklington hockey team had a double win this weekend with away matches on both Saturday and Sunday. The season end is lIttle over a month away with Pock sitting fifth in Yorkshire Five with three games in hand over division leaders Hull Kingston.
On Saturday, Pock travelled to Sheffield to play Sheffield Hallam with the desire to score a few goals and boost the goal difference.
Two goals from Steph Jackson, two from Liz Bramley and one from Lisa Sellars ensured Pock left with the convincing win they deserved. Solid and hardworking defence all round and some spirited play from mother/daughter duo Ruby and Jan Anderson kept the scoreline 5-0.
On Sunday, with most of the team slightly weary with a few aches and pains, Pock travelled to Leeds to play Leeds Uni who were sitting pretty, second in the division.
When Pock hosted Leeds before Christmas, it was another Sunday after a difficult Saturday game in driving rain; Pock lost that game in the final 10 minutes through tiredness and were aware that they would have to start strong in order to have a chance.
Rachel Heath galiantly stepped into goal and the team welcomed back Pock School students Vikki Hodgson and Ellie Stephenson who both defended with energy and confidence beyond their years.
Hearts sank a little when Leeds took an early lead with a loose ball that trickled unseen over the line. However, Pock were not defeated and came back with some vigourous play and aggressive defending from Louise Grainger in midfield and woman of the match Jo Stephenson at the back.
Steph Jackson opened the scoring with a push through the goalie’s pads and Louise made it 2-1 at half time with a superb strike from a short corner.
Leeds were obviously perturbed to be trailing and, after half time, showed some determined play, passing well in midfield and making fast-paced runs into the circle. However, Pock held strong and took advantage of any opportunity for attacking play, Wendy Raynor making runs and pushing for penalty corners when the chance arose.
Louise carried on her form with excellent strikes towards goal, the first deflected off Lisa’s expertly positioned stick (in her ‘camp’ at left post!) into the backboard.
The second, minutes later, rebounded off the goalie’s pads and into the path of Justine Selvey who took no prisoners with a strike into the goal to make four!
Leeds were desperate to make up the difference with 10 minutes to go and, to their credit, never gave up. Pock were tiring and a few quick passes moved swiftly into the circle and Leeds made it 4-2. However, the lead Pock had worked tirelessly to gain, ensured that, despite fatigue setting in, Pock were the winners with a thoroughly-deserved 4-2 win!