York Mitchell Sports League – Under-10
Conditions were perfect this week when Pocklington Eagles played host to Dunnington on Sunday morning.
From the off, Sam Hollands showed that he was in determined mood and got straight into the tackles. Sam Hollands flicked a neat ball past the Dunnington defence into the path of Jack Creaser who was unlucky to see his shot blocked.
Dan McCrum, playing up front, picked up a loose ball and eagerly attacked the Dunnington goal, winning a corner for his efforts. Thomas Snowball floated the corner into the centre for Jack Creaser to latch on to, and saw his brilliant effort just clear the bar.
Dunnington were not, though, giving in easily and had their fair share of the attacking play. Only through the determined defending of Tom Alston and James Gardner were Pocklington able to keep a clean sheet.
Pocklington were playing some of their best football of the season and stringing plenty of passes together.
Again, though, the Pocklington defence needed to be on their guard and Tom Alston, awake to all attacks, thwarted another Dunnington attempt on the Pocklington goal.
With Pocklington constantly pushing forward it was only a matter of time before a goal was scored.
Following a midfield melee, Thomas Snowball picked up a loose ball, knocked it past a defender and, from long-range, placed a perfect shot into the top left-hand corner of the Dunnington goal to put Pocklington into the lead.
Sam Hollands made a strong run down the right wing beating a number of defenders but was unable to convert it to a cross.
It was now Jack Creaser’s turn to run the Dunnington defence ragged but his cross was just too strong for Sam Hollands, who was perfectly placed, to latch on to.
Dan McCrum and Sam Hollands were forming a good partnership up front, with Hollands flicking the ball on to McCrum who beat a number of defenders but saw his shot bravely saved by the Dunnington keeper.
At the turnaround, Josh Jenkins came on for Sam Hollands. Dunnington came out stronger in the second half and Pocklington had to ensure that they did not push forward and leave their defence open. Dan McCrum broke down a Dunnington attack and Tom Alston and James Gardner were marking well to limit the Dunnington opportunities.
Pocklington were able to attack in this half and Jack Creaser was determined to press forward, latching on to a corner from Thomas Snowball and seeing his effort thump the post.
With only a few minutes left, Pocklingon put the result beyond doubt, Thomas Snowball beating two Dunnington players and playing a neat pass to Jack Creaser. Cool as ever, Creaser rounded a defender and neatly placed the ball into the Dunnington net to make it 2-0.
A well-deserved result for Pocklington Eagles who played the best football of their season. Man of the match: Thomas Snowball.