Brave display by Pock U12s

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Pocklington Town U12s.........5 sponsored Pocklington faced another away tie this week returning to league action against Fulford.

Pocklington lined up with Lewis Gilmore in goal, Elliot Driver, Ryan McCann, Tom Alston, Charlie Buckle at the back, with Harry Cooper, Will Jackson, Will Snook, Jamie Walker, in midfield, Josh Broadbent and Will Ella up front, and Jack Creaser, Tom Snowball and Matty Warne starting as subs.

Pocklington won the toss and got the game underway starting positively and dominating the play in the opening minutes, Ella going close on five minutes and forcing a good save from the Fulford keeper. Snook and Jackson both caused problems for Fulford’s defence before they broke and, with the ball bobbling on a poor pitch, were through on goal, scoring to put Fulford 1-0 up totally against the run of play.

Pocklington responded well as Jackson made space down the left before playing in Snook, his cross picking out Broadbent who headed narrowly wide. Pocklington continued to dictate the pace of the game as Walker probed down the right wing before finding Ella, his volleyed shot only inches the wrong side of the post.

Pocklington continued to dominate as McCann closed down an attack before playing the ball across to Buckle. Buckle’s clever ball was put through to Jackson in space who pushed forward beating two defenders on his way before cutting inside to fire under the keeper to level at 1-1.

From the restart, Pocklington closed down well as Cooper disposed Fulford in the middle of the park before linking up with Walker, his clever ball wide found an advancing Ella. Ella’s cross picked out Snook who forced another corner. Pocklington almost camped in the Fulford half with Gilmore in the Pocklington goal almost a spectator at this point.

Fulford cleared from the corner but McCann was there to deal with the danger before finding Broadbent, his run forward resulting in a great ball across the face of goal that the keeper did well to get to and tip around the post for another Pocklington corner. Snook’s cross in was met by Broadbent who netted only to have play brought back with a penalty awarded. Fulford’s keeper did well to save the penalty but Snook was alert, whipping the loose ball back across goal where Broadbent was waiting to slot the ball home putting Pocklington 2-1 up.

Creaser joined play just as Fulford tried to respond but Driver was alert, dispossessing Fulford before pushing forward himself, but unlucky as he was taken down from behind as the ref waved play on.

Fulford got the second half underway but Pocklington were again dominating the pace of the game as Buckle and Alston pushed up the left wing more as midfielders than defenders. Buckle found Snook who ran on before crossing for Creaser to make it 3-1.

Alston did well as Fulford attacked before playing it forward, Broadbent and Jackson both going close within minutes of each other. Walker took a knock to the head but continued on bravely to play a nice ball along the wing to Creaser, his shot cleared off the line by Fulford defender.

Cooper was back to defend bravely as he then took a knock to the face, carrying on to influence play in the middle as Pocklington pushed forward again, forcing yet another corner. This swung in and was met by Walker who prodded the ball through the keeper’s legs to make it 4-1.

Pocklington made changes as Warne and Snowball came on, both involved quickly as Snowball whipped a nice ball in almost met by Warne as Snook rose above him to head home to make it 5-1.

Pocklington continued to dominate the closing minutes as Alston pushed forward, his ball in met by Warne who dribbled past the advancing defender before Ella shot wide. Snowball came close as did Jackson and Snook in the dying minutes but Fulford defended well back in numbers behind the ball to deny Pocklington.

This wasn’t the game of flowing football the boys like to play but was another performance where they dug in and ground out a result.

Coaches picked out Jamie Walker as their man of the match for a battling performance and some lovely individual touches.