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Hornsea Town 5 - 1 Pocklington Town

09 Nov 2013

MARSHAL TYRES sponsored Pocklington Towns Humber team went out of the East Riding Senior cup with a whimper after another below par performance. this time away to Hornsea Town. With midfielder Steve Beilby called up to play for Tadcaster Albion and Greg Nesbitt pulling up in the warm up, yet more changes were forced on the starting line but despite this, Town created the first chance on 3 minutes when James Haigh released Dan Boneham and his cross was turned onto the post by Chris Saltmer. A massive scramble eventually saw the ball hacked clear but Hornsea took the lead on 6 minutes when a ball that should have been easily cleared was played straight to a Hornsea player and despite a tackle to block his shot, the ball looped into the top corner for the worst possible start for Pock.
Hornsea doubled their lead on 12 minutes when Pock allowed them too much time to put in a cross and the No. 10 met it with a powerful header that made it 2-0 but Pock fought back and got into the game, Kalum Horne setting up Andy Anderson for a pass that saw a Haigh effort fly just wide of the post. Haigh turned provider on 17 minutes when he won the ball and set up Scott Sullivan for a shot that was deflected for an easy save but with Town running the game, they pulled a goal back on 25 minutes when a Haigh corner was flicked goalward to Dan Boneham, who had his legs taken as he turned inside the 6 yard area. Mark Watkinson stepped up to despatch the penalty but despite this chance to get back into the game, Town found themselves two goals down again within a minute when they stood off and allowed Hornsea to break from the edge of their own area and fire in a 30 yard shot to make it 3-1.
Despite a positive half time team talk and with it all to play for, Pock conceded again on 46 minutes with yet more poor defending allowing a forward time and space to turn and shoot into the bottom corner from 22 yards. Boneham then made a horrendous two footed challenge when trying to win the ball and Pock found themselves down to 10 men with 40 minutes still to play and with Hornsea able to make the most of the extra man. Pock found it hard to get on the ball. A switch to a 3-4-2 formation saw them press Hornsea back as the 10 men worked hard and Sullivan was particularly unlucky with several half chances that brought saves out of the Hornsea keeper.
Adam Thomas made two excellent blocks from Hornsea attacks but the home side made it 5-1 on 75 minutes when a crossfield diagonal pass set up a scrambled finish inside the 6 yard box. Pock got what they deserved out of this game though and will need to rectify the errors that are plagueing their season and giving an average of 3 1/2 goals a game conceded. Things don't get any easier next week when they travel to the league Champions Beverley Town for an away league game. Players meet at the club at 12.30 please.

Richard Bower

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