Sinks-taps.com sponsored Pocklington Town faced Strensall Tigers in the quarter final of the League Cup. Pocklington lined up with Lewis Gilmore in goal, Tom Alston, Ryan McCann, Charlie Buckle and Charlie Cahill in defence, Jamie Walker, Kai Birch, Will Jackson and Harry Cooper in midfield, with Josh Broadbent and Jack Creaser up front, and Elliot Driver and Will Snook starting as subs.
Pocklington got the game underway and were quickly pushing forward with Jamie Walker on the rightwing forcing an early corner, but Strensall cleared the early danger.
Strensall responded but Tom Alston was alert at right back covering well before playing a clever ball through to Harry Cooper. Cooper did well to force another Pocklington corner, but this was again dealt with by Strensall, who were packing as many players as possible behind the ball.
Tom Alston did well, playing a lovely ball through to Creaser. Creaser crossed to find Harry Cooper, who remained composed as he side footed the ball into the net to make it 1-0 on five minutes.
Pocklington reacted quickly at the restart with Will Jackson picking out Josh Broadbent, his neat ball through defence picking out Creaser who was unlucky as his shot was tipped round the post by the keeper.
Jackson and Creaser both drew good saves from the Strensall keeper within minutes of each other as Pocklington pressed for a second.
This didn’t take long as McCann snubbed out a Strensall attack then played a clever ball down Pocklington’s right for Jamie Walker to run onto.
Walker did well to hold off the challenges before finding Broadbent. Neat play between him and Jackson before the ball found Kai Birch, who hit a nice shot into the top left of the Strensall net to make it 2-0.
Pocklington made changes and Snook, Broadbent and Jackson all came close, the keeper doing well in the closing minutes of the first half, which ended 2-0.
Strensall got the second half underway but were quickly dispossessed by Buckle who found Charlie Cahill free ahead. Cahill played in Jackson whose shot was only inches wide, Cooper similarly going close only moments later.
Strensall tried hard to respond but Driver was solid at right back with McCann across well in support, the defensive pairing snubbing out the Strensall advance before clearing the lines.
The ball was played across field, finding Cahill wide on the left. Cahill pushed forward and, although his looping shot was saved, Creaser was there to pick up the loose ball and make it 3-0.
Pocklington were soon further ahead only moments later as Cooper pounced on a loose ball then found Snook. His ball cut through the defence to find Creaser. Creaser beat the defender before finding Birch who calmly netted Pocklington’s fourth.
Pocklington, comfortably running the game, changed formation to go three at the back with three up front looking to stretch their lead. Driver, McCann and Buckle were solid at the back throughout.
Pocklington won yet another corner with Buckle whipping in a ball, met by Snook whose shot rebounded off the bar.
Birch also hit the loose ball off the bar before Creaser’s shot was saved.
Creaser, Walker and Cooper all went close within minutes of each other but the keeper was keeping the score down with some wonderful saves, before Snook hit the bar again.
Pocklington were almost camped in the Strensall half now, as yet another corner was whipped across, met by Birch whose header found Alston. His header looped over the keeper to make it 5-0.
Gilmore in the Pocklington goal had been a spectator for most of the game but was alert and got down well at full stretch to make sure Strensall’s sole effort on goal was going wide before normal service was resumed as Cooper pushed forward. The ball found Walker and, keeping his cool, he beat the keeper from close range to make it 6-0.
This had been a very good performance from the boys who controlled the game from the start. On another day they could have quite easily finished in double figures, but had done enough to see them comfortably through to the semi finals.
Man of the match was awarded to Kai Birch who had played out of his normal position for most of the game but had been instrumental in many of Pocklington’s moves.