York Mitchell Sports League - Under-12
The Panthers clearly came to Pocklington with one strategy – containment. This they did effectively in the first half. Pocklington lacked the usual cohesion and passing synonymous with their game and the visitors were largely able to frustrate and break down the home attack. Added to this, the home side lost Ashby to an early injury.
Nevertheless, Pocklington did create chances. Walker, Smales, Pattison and Mullarkey all went close, including a disallowed goal, before Poppleton’s resolve finally succumbed to a cross by Condon which was met by Stephenson. This was shortly followed by a corner from Condon which the visitors’ defence failed to clear, enabling Walker to strike and ensure that the hosts went in at half time 2-0 to the good.
The second half was a very different affair. Pocklington took the game by the scruff of the neck, got into their stride and, rather than containment, the visitors were seeking damage limitation. Silva-Durrant and Knowles brought width to the game and Pocklington’s defence of Parker, Watson, Binns and Pattison held a high line, forcing the visitors back.
Smales and Broadbent took control of midfield and, with it, chances started to come with increasingly regularity. Broadbent, Binns and Knowles all put in some good balls for Condon who consummately claimed the third goal. The visitors’ defence was being pulled all ways.
Condon then put in an excellent cross which was met with force by Silva-Durrant, only for him to fire the ball just wide. Silva-Durrant was to make amends though. A good cross to Stephenson and a header down saw Condon claim his second and Pocklington’s fourth.
Poppleton had a rare foray into the home penalty box but it was met confidently by Parker. Pattison and Knowles were dictating the left wing, taking on the defence and sending some excellent balls into the visitors’ box.
The fifth goal saw Walker claim his brace after a run and cross by Silva-Durrant. The sixth goal was created following a run into the box by Mullarkey, whose pass to Condon saw the latter shoot at the keeper, whose effort to push the ball away was met by Stephenson for his second. Durkin, who had had little to do in goal, was replaced and joined the midfield. His pass to Silva-Durrant saw the latter again run at the defence and the subsequent shot was not held by the keeper and Mullarkey duly responded to wrap up the scoring for the home side and, in the end, a comfortable victory.
Man of the match was awarded to Pattison, who does the simple and effective things wherever he plays. Next week Pocklington are away to Pickering with whom they share top position. Pocklington U12s are sponsored by Sinks-Taps.com