Second final appearance for Pocklington Under-12s team

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Pocklington..........................3 sponsored Pocklington faced another tough game this week with an away League Cup semi-final game at Woodthorpe.

Pocklington lined up with Lewis Gilmore in goal, Elliot Driver, Ryan McCann, Charlie Buckle, Charlie Cahill at the back, with Harry Cooper, Will Jackson, Tom Snowball, Jamie Walker in midfield, Kai Birch and Will Ella up front, Will Snook, Jack Creaser and Josh Broadbent starting as subs.

Woodthorpe won the toss and got the game underway on what was a terrible pitch, not conducive to the neat football Pocklington like to play.

Woodthorpe started strongly, putting Pocklington under some early pressure probing down the right wing but Buckle and Cahill were alert from the start and dealt with the early pressure well.

Woodthorpe switched the play to their left but Driver and McCann coped well before Walker came back to add additional cover. Woodthorpe continued to push forward, forcing a good save from Gilmore who was down quickly to collect the ball before Driver pushed forward along the right wing for Pocklington, taking a knock to his face in the process.

Pocklington started to gain composure with some good play in midfield with Snowball, Walker, Jackson all linking up before the ball was played to the advancing Ella who took his opportunity well, firing low into the bottom corner of the net putting Pocklington 1-0 in front on 12 minutes.

Woodthorpe responded from the restart forcing another good save from Gilmore in the Pocklington goal. Pocklington responded well as Cooper and Birch linked up along the left wing, but Woodthorpe defended strongly. Pocklington made changes with Snook, Broadbent and Creaser coming on.

Woodthorpe continued to fight and were rewarded against the run of play as they broke to level shortly before half time, finishing the half at 1-1.

Pocklington got the second half underway and were quickly on the attack, both Creaser and Broadbent brought down in the box but no decision given.

As the ball came out, Birch was there to fire the ball back in, and was unlucky to see his effort go narrowly over the bar. Woodthorpe pushed with a ball through the middle, the offside forward - ignored by the referee - pushed the ball into the net to put Woodthorpe 2-1 in front.

Pocklington have a great attitude and were soon back on the attack with a ball through for Creaser who netted but was flagged offside. S

nook and Jackson were starting to impose themselves in midfield, creating openings for Birch and Ella on the wings. Woodthorpe responded with balls over the top but McCann and Buckle were resolute at the centre of defence while Driver and Cahill covered advances down the flanks.

Pocklington pushed forward again with Snook and Broadbent, the ball cleared only as far as Driver, whose clever ball over the top was into space for Cooper to run onto before unleashing a wonderful strike into the roof of the net to put Pocklington level at 2-2.

Woodthorpe pressed forward again along the left, Driver dealing with the first challenge before McCann covered across well, making a vital challenge. Woodthorpe were pushing and battling hard but Gilmore was more than a match for them in the Pocklington goal.

Pocklington regained composure as Jackson played along the left to Walker, his clever turn evading the advancing defender before playing the ball to Birch. But Woodthorpe closed down well.

Pocklington were fired up now and, clearly not relishing the thought of potential penalties, started to gamble as Creaser and Broadbent pushed forward with Snook as playmaker, all three linking up as they pressed in the final minutes. Broadbent found Snook, whose shot was parried. But Creaser fired the ball back in and off the defender past his own keeper to make it 3-2 to Pocklington with only seconds remaining.

This was another solid performance from the boys on an awful pitch and, despite some tough challenges from Woodthorpe, Pocklington stood their ground well, battling through to the League Cup Final. The caches recognised Gilmore for a great performance in goal as well as Cooper, whose wonderful strike had brought Pocklington back into the game.