York & District Mitchell League
Driving rain, a cold icy wind and a pitch that resembles the Humber estuary. It must be an away game at Hamilton.
Whereas conditions like this would have once got the better of Pocklington, it is a testament to the manner in which they have developed that they can grind out a result and maintain their promotion challenge. The first half saw Hamilton match the visitors and create some decent chances.
However, football is about taking opportunities, and Ashby and Stephenson with support from Condon and Broadbent ensured that, at half time, Pocklington were to go in with a 2-0 lead.
That lead was helped by some stoic defending from Parker, Watson, Binns and Pattison and a splendid save by Durkin as Hamilton sought to frustrate the visitors’ normal flowing play and carve open some opportunities.
As the rain turned to sleet, the second half saw Pocklington take the initiative. The threat from the home side steadily diminished and Hamilton were limited to some half chances.
Smales was terrific in midfield, with Binns tackling and throwing himself into every challenge.
Walker increasingly stretched the home back line forcing them wide, whilst Knowles, Mullarkey and Silva-Durrant came on to provide some fresh impetus for Pocklington.
Hamilton’s goal was beginning to lead a charmed life and it was Knowles who duly punished some lapse defending by claiming two goals to give the visitors a convincing win.
In what was another solid all-round team performance, man of the match was jointly awarded to Smales and Binns. Pocklington U12s are sponsored by Sinks-Taps.com