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Beverley Town 2 - 0 Pocklington Town

16 Nov 2013

Dave O'ConnorMARSHAL TYRES sponsored Pocklington Towns Humber team travelled the short distance to take on leaque Champions Beverley Town last Saturday and despite turning in a performance full of character and determination, were unable to show enough quality to overcome a quality Beverley team. As expected, the home side made the better start and Pock were forced onto the defensive in the opening exchanges. Led by a solid back three of Mark Watkinson, Jim Drewery and MOM Dave O'Connor, they were able to restrict the home side to long range efforts and with a Scott Sullivan sighter flying narrowly wide from a James Haigh corner on 8 minutes, showed that they could also be a threat as well.
 
A foul on Alex Cutts set up Sullivan for another effort that fizzed wide but Beverley looked dangerous from the wings and a header was nodded on to the top of the net from one well delivered cross on 12 minutes. A good passing moving between Chris Saltmer and Haigh set up Dan Boneham, only for the assistant to flag for offside and the closest either side came to scoring came on 21 minutes when another Sullivan shot was nearly flicked in by Boneham, only for the grateful Beverley keeper to grab the ball. A minute later the home side took the lead when Pock failed to deal with a ball on the edge of their area and persistence from Rob Northern saw him fire home from 8 yards out.
 
Pock lost their passing rhythm and this allowed Beverley to press them back and keeper Adam Thomas made a good block followed up by Cutts heading off the line as Beverley laid siege to the Town goal. Thomas made another good save when Watkinsons clearance rebounded off a Beverley forward and the home side enjoyed a slice of luck right on half time when Haigh played in Boneham behind the Beverley defence. The keeper made a great block however and Saltmer saw his follow up 30 yard shot gathered by the keeper right on the edge of his area to ensure that the home side went into the break a goal up but with plenty to play for.
 
Beverley came out strongly at the start of the second half and again Pock had to show discipline in the tackle and good organisation, led by Kev Goodwin and Saltmer in the centre of the park. Pock cleared off the line twice and Thomas made a couple of great saves as the home side looked like they would double their lead but gritty defending saw Pock through a sticky patch as Beverleys combination play and one-twos threatened their goal. With Pock having to push forward, this allowed Beverley more space to play into and they should have made the game safe but it took a controversial decision by the referee to provide them with the chance on 86 minutes.
 
With a player suffering from an injury, they made a substitution when defending a corner and with the new player still getting into position in the area, Beverley were allowed to take the corner and with a man short in the 6 yard box, a powerful header from James Waltham sealed the win. Dan O'Connors pass of the match on 89 minutes set up Boneham for a shot that flew narrowly over but this summed up a day where Pock worked hard enough but without the quality to create sustained pressure on the Champions.
 
On the plus side, this was a much improved team performance from a Pock side that has been shipping an average of 4 goals a game and they will be looking to continue to improve this weekend when they take on Hessle Rangers at home. Having already lost 8-2 to them earlier on in October, Pock will be looking to start to show some consistency in the run up to the Christmas break. Players meet at the club at 12.30 pm.

Richard Bower

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