After a few weeks break due to frozen pitches, Pocklington were back in action at Hull University on Saturday.
Hull, in fairness, were the fitter of the two teams and had six subs to roll on and off throughout the game. However, Pocklington, although missing a few of the usual squad, were raring to get back in the swing of it and determined to fight for a good result.
The first half saw some impressive passing and tackling from both teams, but Pocklington took the upper hand when Steph Jackson scored the opener with a strike following a break into the circle. A number of short corners followed, with Wendy Raynor and Justine Selvey following in on rebound balls and narrowly missing. Pock went 2-0 up when Liz Bramley took advantage of some scrappy Hull defending and coolly flicked the ball over the goalie and into the net.
Pock’s defence, with three Pocklington School girls bravely stepping in to fill missing positions, worked tirelessly to keep the lead but were unlucky when the Hull forwards picked up the pace and slipped through to pull back a goal.
The second half saw a refreshed Hull team, complete with numerous substitutions, come back with an energised fighting spirit. Rachel Heath was confident at the back, determined, along with fellow back Vikki Hodgson, not to let the ball slip through again.
Pock took their third when a fabulous cross was expertly deflected into the backboard by winger Lisa Sellars. Hull came back fighting with their second goal, resulting in a tense final ten minutes as Hull stepped up the pace, forcing Pock to give their all to maintain the lead until the final whistle.
Congratulations ladies for picking up where they left off with a well-deserved (if slightly belatedly-celebrated) win.