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St. Aandrews FC 4 - 5 Pocklington Town

03 Nov 2013

MARSHAL TYRES sponsored Pocklington Towns Humber team went through just about every emotion possible last Saturday in what can only be termed a thrilling encounter away against St. Andrews FC on 4G in Hull. The phrase "Total football" could have been coined with this game in mind as two teams who had conceded 50 goals in their 21 league games met in what was never destined to be a 0-0 draw. With both sides attacking like Arsenal but defending like Norwich, an end to end game swung one way and then the other with 9 goals, 5 bookings and 7 minutes of added time at the end of the second half was enough to please the neutral fan but also kept the players and managers nerves jangling.
 
An early break past the St. Andrews left back sent Dan Boneham away and his cross set up James Haigh for a shot from the edge of the area that he failed to middle, bringing a regulation save from the home keeper. A Scott Sullivan volley across goal kept Pock in the ascendancy but they were caught square defensively on 7 minutes and allowed a St. Andrews player time to pick his corner from 25 yards to put the home side ahead. It could have been worse a minute later when a Jim Drewery pass was intercepted but keeper Adam Thomas came to the rescue with a vital save. This was the cue though for Pock to go through a horrible period of passing when they were unable to string together anything resembling good football, presenting St. Andrews with the chance to stay on the offensive.
 
The crossbar came to Towns rescue as two long range efforts bounced to safety, with Thomas making an excellent tip around the post from a cross shot and at one point in the first half, Pock were so poor on the ball that if the game had been a boxing match, it would have been stopped to protect them as Town finished the half in some disarray and very lucky that they were only a goal down. A positive half time team talk sent them out in the right frame of mind though and they were back on level terms inside a minute when Thomas's pin point cross field ball to Haigh set up Boneham for another run behind the full back. His deep cross was finished by as good a header as you will see when Andy Anderson met it with a belter back across goal and into the far corner but Pock put themselves back in trouble a minute later when a Sam Beales mistimed challenge inside the Town area allowed St. Andrews to restore their lead from the penalty spot.
 
This crazy start to the second half continued when Town levelled again on 51 minutes, Boneham and Haigh combining well again to set up Sullivan for a quality low drive into the bottom corner. A Pock break on 53 minutes set up a chance that was well saved by the St. Andrews keeper but from the resulting corner, Cutts and Haigh combined to set up Sullivan for another shot. Despite another good save, Boneham was quickest to the loose ball to put Pock ahead for the first time in the game but St. Andrews replied strongly and Town were glad that several half chances came to nothing as their bad habits of the first half resurfaced, allowing the home side to dominate again.
 
The home side brought the game level again when an angled drive from wide out on the Town left looped over Thomas and into the far corner on 65 minutes and with the game opening up, both sides picked up cautions as tempers flared. Boneham bagged his second on 73 minutes when the St. Andrews keeper tried to play the ball out from the back and Sullivan intercepted the pass, setting a free run on goal and a 4-3 advantage but with St. Andrews pressing strongly and Town defending desperately, Pock thought that they had made the game safe on 86 minutes when Boneham completed his hat trick, courtesy of another great piece of work by Sullivan.
 
A run and cut back inside the Pock area on 89 minutes allowed a curled shot inside the far post to make it 5-4 and with the game going from one end to the other and time seemingly standing still, chances for both sides came and went but surprisingly without adding to the score. The final whistle blew on an absolutely crazy game of football that featured moments of great quality as well and horrible football but Town move on to next weeks East Riding cup game away to Hornsea Town knowing that another defensive performance like that will see them on the end of another 5-0 defeat like the one that they suffered there in the league in September. MOM went to Scott Sullivan for a goal and three assists but Pock will really need to up their levels of passing and defending if they are to get the win this weekend.

Richard Bower

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