Pock girls through to finals

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Pocklington School’s first XI represented Humberside in the latest stage - the North of England semi-finals - of the National Schools Hockey Championships.

Their first group game was against was against Greenhead College - a team with three England players and seven club players - and a superb defensive game from Pocklington saw them lose by only one goal with the final score 1-0.

Their second game, against Redhouse, was a must win, and a win it was with a score of 3-0 which put Pocklington through to the play-offs against Barnard Castle.

Pocklington were certainly up for the game and played the more dominant hockey but unfortunately an error in a defensive short corner saw the opposition take the lead just before half time. It was difficult to then create goal-scoring opportunities with Barnard Castle playing so defensively.

However, a great phase of attacking play from Pocklington allowed them to win a short corner in the final two minutes and an equaliser was scored. This took the game to penalty flicks - a nervous time for both strikers and the goalkeeper.

But four Pocklington strikers all scored and this, combined with some outstanding goal-keeping which saw two of Barnard Castles’ flicks saved, put Pocklington through to the next round.

Miss Sarah Metcalfe, hockey coach at Pocklington School, said: “Captain Ruth Tyrrell and Caitlin Bond were outstanding against Greenhead College as were Kate Pratt and Millie Atkinson with their attacking play against Barnard Castle and Alice Wilton who scored the equaliser in the same match.

“Alice Wilton, Kate Pratt, Emma Hessay and Frankie Marsh all took their penalty flicks at the end of the second game with confidence and Lydia Ford was outstanding in goal. This is a fantastic achievement for such a young team.”

The Under-18 team are now through to the North of England finals which take place on Tuesday 29 November in Leeds.