Sinks-taps.com sponsored Pocklington played host to Tockwith this week. Pocklington lined up with Mattie Warne in goal, Elliot Driver, Ryan McCann, Tom Alston, Charlie Buckle at the back, with Harry Cooper, Will Jackson, Tom Snowball, Jamie Walker, in midfield, Jack Creaser and Will Ella up front, Josh Broadbent, Kai Birch and Will Snook starting as subs.
Pocklington won the toss and got the game underway, starting positively and dominating the play in the opening minutes. Walker’s shot was saved, with Creaser unlucky as he saw his effort from the loose ball go agonisingly wide. Pocklington continued to force the early pace with Alston, playing high up the pitc,h brought down and awarded a free kick. Buckle stepped up, hitting a lovely ball in that was met well by Walker who picked his spot wide of the keeper to make it 1-0. Tockwith responded with a long ball over the top but Warne was alert and came out to save, pushing the ball wide.
Pocklington were immediately on the attack as Cooper surged forward down the left, his cross met by the head of Ella, whose effort was cleared off the line. Tockwith responded but Driver was there to cover before finding Jackson, whose clever ball split the Tockwith defence as Ella used his pace to go past defender then keeper before netting to make it 2-0 on 10 minutes.
Pocklington were already clearly in control of the game, forcing the pace and playing balls wide to both wings, stretching the Tockwith team.
Driver and Walker linked up well before finding Jackson who made space for himself before opening his body up then unleashing a lovely shot into the far corner of the net, making it 3-0.
Pocklington were relishing the space they were creating and continually pushed forward. Cooper forced another corner and Buckle whipped the ball in, with Creaser rising to head into the corner of the net to make it 4-0.
Pocklington made substitutions which, for a moment , unsettled the rhythm. But McCann was there to disposess the advancing forward on the halfway line before finding Jackson. His neat play with Birch created space as Birch found Walker who hit his shot confidently into the roof of the net making it 5-0.
Pocklington continued to dominate as Jackson unleashed a shot which re bounded off the post with Walker again alert to fire the loose ball home for Pocklington’s sixth.
Pocklington started the second half in the same manner they had finished the first, with Snowball firing only inches over the bar. Snook picked up the goal kick in the middle then played a ball through to Birch. Birch found Broadbent, his effort coming back off the post. Walker played the ball out to Snook on the edge of the box who hit it hard and low into the net for the seventh.
Pocklington seemed to switch off at this point as they allowed the Tockwith number six to run on and score totally against the run of play. The goal seemed to rejuvenate Tockwith, as they played a ballthrough. Despite being clearly offside, the forward was allowed to continue, making it two for Tockwith.
Pocklington responded with Snook and Cooper combining before Broadbent hit the post. Tockwith were quick to clear a run down the right and the cross was met well to make it three.
Pocklington regrouped then Cooper pushed forward before finding Broadbent, who was unlucky to see another effort rebound off the post. Cooper was alert as he picked up the loose ball firing home to make it 8-3, just before half time.
Tockwith tried to respond down their left wing but McCann was alert and across well to make a vital challenge, stopping the attack. Pocklington pushed forward again as Alston made space then found Buckle out wide on the wing. His ball in found Snook who hit his shot low and under the keeper for Pocklington’s ninth.
Tockwith were tiring now as Pocklington sprayed the ball wide to both wings with ease. Walker, Jackson and Creaser all linked well before it was played back to Jackson who hit Pocklington’s 10th
Driver pushed forward in support of Walker before Walker found Broadbent who picked his spot well to make it 11-3. Pocklington were coasting in the final minutes as Ella and Broadbent interchanged before Ella crossed for Creaser who finished to make it 12-3.
Pocklington had dominated the game and were comfortable winners in a game that saw them go top of the table with only three games remaining. Next week’s game will be a tougher test. Will Jackson was man of the match for a performance that saw him controlling midfield and allowing Pocklington to dominate the game.