U12s on track for title after draw

Pocklington U12s................ 3

Poppleton U12s...................3

Sinks-taps.com sponsored Pocklington played host to Poppleton this week in a top of the table clash. Pocklington lined up with Mattie Warne in goal, Tom Alston, Ryan McCann, Charlie Buckle, Charlie Cahill at the back, with Will Jackson, Will Snook, Kai Birch, Jamie Walker in midfield, Jack Creaser and Josh Broadbent up front, and Harry Cooper starting as sub.

Poppleton won the toss and got the game underway starting positively pushing down their left flank, but McCann was alert to the early danger across to make a vital challenge and winning a throw in the process. McCann took the throw to find Creaser, Creaser passed to Broadbent, forcing an early corner for Pocklington. Broadbent’s corner was swung across and met by Snook, his effort only inches over the bar.

Poppleton responded with a long ball over the top but Alston was there to clear for Pocklington before finding Jackson, Jackson nutmegging the advancing Poppleton player before being cynically taken down from behind. Broadbent stepped up to take the free kick, his lovely shot scrambled off the line by Poppleton. Poppleton broke, but Warne was out quickly to claim the ball. Pocklington continued to push forward with Walker down the right wing evading challenges before picking out Broadbent, who found Creaser, whose shot beat the keeper at the far post to put Pocklington in front 1-0.

Poppleton responded but Buckle and Cahill combined well to deal with the danger, Cahill taking a nasty knock in the process as he bravely went in to head the ball clear. Poppleton regrouped and were lucky as the long ball forward bobbled, evading the Pocklington defence. Warne was out well to close down but was unfortunate to see the lobbed ball find the Pocklington net just before half time.

Pocklington got the second half underway but Creaser was brought down from behind. Buckle hit a nice ball in, which was met by Snook, his effort defended. Pocklington continued to attack as Copper pushed forward before being taken down from behind himself. From the free kick, Birch and Jackson linked well to force another Pocklington corner but Poppleton defended well before breaking to score 2-1.

Pocklington, a little rocked, conceded another goal as the ball bobbled, falling kindly for the forward to make it 3-1. Many teams would have let such a setback dishearten them but this group of boys have great attitude and quickly lifted each other as they pushed forward, Broadbent making space which Cooper ran into before laying the ball off to Snook. His well-placed shot left the keeper no chance with the score 3-2.

With fewer than five minutes remaining, Pocklington were defending solidly as McCann rose well to header clear, Alston picking up the loose ball and across to Birch who was brought down. Buckle’s free kick was floated in to be met by Cooper, whose effort came back out off the post.

Poppleton cleared with a goal kick but Creaser was alert, seizing the loose ball hacked down as he surged forward and was awarded a penalty. Broadbent kept his composure as he stepped up to score and level the game at 3-3 only minutes before the final whistle.

This had been a tough test for the boys but they had again shown great character coming from behind to draw, a result that keeps them firmly on track in the chase for the title. Coaches decided to acknowledge a great all-round team performance rather than pick out an individual man of the match.