Veterans show prison officers how to win games

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Pocklington Veterans......4

Everthorpe Officers.........1

On a cold, sunny morning the conditions were perfect for this eagerly-awaited game. Everthorpe started the sharpest and were rewarded in the eighth minute with a well-worked goal.

Pocklington slowly got into their stride and could have equalised when John Myers worked himself an opening. But his first shot was saved by the goalkeeper and, on the rebound, John’s shot went wide of the post. Within five minutes, Myers made amends and scored the equaliser against his work colleagues 20 minutes into the game. Again, it was Myers who scored Pocklington’s and his second goal to give them the lead.

It was an unfortunate early exit halfway through the first half for Spud Goodrick, who aggravated a long-standing hip problem that he has gamely tried to play through. Pocklington finished the first half strongly, but the score remained 2-1 at half time.

With legs tiring in the second half, the game became more open and Everthorpe did not shirk in their desire to equalise, nor did the Pocklington players, with Gary Terry, Micky Dempster and John Rudd all majestic in defence.

Three injuries in the second half to Les Falkingham, Russ Tarbatt and Wayne Bradder stretched the Pocklington resources to the extent that 18 minutes from the final whistle Jorge Garia and Stewart Owston had to be seconded from the crowd. The introduction of Owston brought instant reward when he blasted the ball into the net from close range. This gave much-needed space in the scor line. Seconds before the final whistle Garcia laid off the ball into George Cook’s path and Cook raced through and scored a great solo effort.

The score slightly flattered Pocklington, who certainly deserved to win but were pushed all the way by a strong Everthorpe team. Next game is on 6 April at Stockton on Tees, mini bus picks up at Market Weighton at 8.30am and Pavement at 8.45am.