Good performance by Pock 
U12s in difficult conditions

Pocklington Town..................2

Woodthorpe..........................2 sponsored Pocklington Town faced Woodthorpe in their first home game of 2014.

Pocklington lined up with Matty Warne in goal, Elliot Driver, Ryan McCann, Tom Alston and Charlie Buckle in defence, Jamie Walker, Will Snook, Will Jackson and Harry Cooper in midfield, with Josh Broadbent and Will Ella up front, and Charlie Cahill, Kai Birch and Jack Creaser starting as subs.

Pocklington got the game underway but Woodthorpe signalled the tone of the game with a rough challenge on Will Snook resulting in an early free kick awarded to Pocklington.

Charlie Buckle hit a nice ball forward but Woodthorpe did well to see off the attack with the ball going out for a goal kick.

Snook, alert, seized on the goal kick picking out Broadbent who forced an early 

The ball swung in and was met by Broadbent, whose effort was deflected over the bar. Buckle stepped up to swing the resulting corner into the box with Will Ella there to slot the ball home to make it 1-0 on five minutes.

Woodthorpe were put under a lot of pressure as Pocklington pushed forward, Ella and Broadbent both going close, but the swirling wind causing problems and the final shots being blown off target.

Woodthorpe, with their first foray forward, were fortunate to be awarded a corner, the wind causing problems for the Pocklington defence as Woodthorpe headed home to level, much against the run of play.

Pocklington pushed forward with Walker on the right crossing, the wind again catching Broadbent’s effort and lifting it over the bar.

Cooper pushed forward in support, causing problems for the Woodthorpe back line, putting Broadbent through; his effort only inches wide with the keeper beaten.

Woodthorpe responded well but Buckle did well in cutting out the quick attack before picking out Will Jackson.

Jackson’s quick feet allowed him to evade challenges, but he was unlucky to see his shot go agonisingly wide of the far post.

Woodthorpe pushed forward down their left flank but Ryan McCann was across quickly with a solid challenge beating the advancing forward, before Driver played the ball forward along Pocklington’s right, forcing Woodthorpe to concede a throw 

Pocklington made changes with Kai Birch and Jack Creaser coming on, making a quick impact.

Driver threw in to Creaser who crossed to find Birch in the centre, and Birch turned to slot the ball home, making it 2-1.

Woodthorpe pushed forward. Tom Alston did well in the challenge to win the ball but the loose ball fell kindly for Woodthorpe as Pocklington struggled to clear effectively, with the loose ball on the edge of the box hit high in the wind and into the Pocklington 

Woodthorpe enjoyed a short spell of pressure as they pushed forward but McCann was on the line to clear for Pocklington just before half time.

Woodthorpe got the second half underway as Cahill came on for Pocklington.

Woodthorpe pushed forward but were quickly closed down by Buckle and McCann. Birch and Cooper then linked up well ahead of them with Cooper’s clever ball cutting open the Woodthorpe defence, the keeper going down bravely to claim the ball at Creaser’s feet.

Pocklington continued to push forward. Cahill found Snook playing a nice ball through to Creaser, his shot saved by the keeper with outstretched feet.

Woodthorpe cleared their box from the goal kick and pushed forward quickly through on goal. Matty Warne did well to get down quickly, making a very good save.

Pocklington started to dominate the game again, firing shots off in quick succession with Broadbent, Birch and Creaser all going close.

But the elements and good goalkeeping were making it hard for Pocklington to penetrate.

Walker pushed forward to find Ella, his pace beating the left back and his cross 
firing across the face of goal just evading the outstretched legs of the Pocklington front line.

Pocklington peppered the Woodthorpe goal in the final few minutes but were just unable to score the vital goal.

This had been a very good performance from the boys who, on another day, could have come away with a lot of goals, having controlled the game from start to finish and playing good football in difficult conditions.

Man of the match was awarded to Josh Broadbent who had been outstanding.