Litherland is tenacious as Pock under-14s take the points

Brooklyn U14 0 Pocklington Town U14 3

Pocklington Town travelled to Brooklyn for a crucial foot of the table clash; a six-pointer if ever there was one.

Brooklyn and Pocklington stood second and third from bottom respectively with the bottom two relegated. Prior to this match, Town were two points ahead, having played one game more.

Town started the strongest and started to play the ball as well as they could muster on a cross-sloping pitch.

Just three minutes had gone before Brett Cox drove over following some neat interchange play from Matthew Pearson, Elliott Russell and Fraser Hansen.

Cox was also on hand a few minutes later to produce a great covering tackle to deny Brooklyn on their first attack.

Much of Pocklington’s early pressure centred around Russell who switched play right and then left as Town endeavoured to use width - this has noticeably helped Town as the season matured. The centre midfield was also boosted by Pearson’s early work and both Hansen and Russell both went close with efforts from just outside the area.

Russell’s was an early sighter as he was soon given too much space as he drove forward and he scored with a low drive past the Brooklyn keeper’s left-hand.

Dan Litherland, in a man of the match performance, showed tenacity in each of the three positions he occupied during the match. Whilst playing on the right, he found Connor Marshall, but his effort was just wide as the first half drew to a close.

The second half started with Brooklyn producing the greater effort and, whilst their chances were few and far between, Town knew that they were going to need more goals.

Joey Cahill and Matthew McGurk placed the resolute Josh Craven and Brett Cox as Pocklington pushed forward. Will Frazier at right back gave an accomplished performance throughout the second half.

Russell, Marshall and James Snowball all had efforts in the first ten minutes followed by Hansen’s that was just wide. It was Hansen who delivered a free kick from the right which was only partially cleared by Brooklyn. Snowball collected the ball on the edge of the area and smartly finished to double the visitors’ lead.

Brooklyn continued to try to salvage something from the game, but George Booth was in no mood to allow his back line to be penetrated and gave Falkingham a relatively quiet afternoon in the Pocklington goal.

Pocklington’s third goal came five minutes from the end when Litherland came forward and, through Russell, found Marshall who drove forward and slotted the ball neatly home.

Town are now four points above the drop zone and the end of the season once again tests nerves and fingernails.