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North Cave 2 - 3 Pocklington Town

07 Dec 2013

After losing both league games against them this season by a single goal and a winless November, MARSHAL TYRES sponsored Pock Humber team were away at North Cave in the Whiteheads Fish & Chip league cup last Saturday looking to move into the quarter finals of the trophy that they won in May.

With their form improving of late and the team starting to play more to their potential, Pock started off well and had a couple of half chances in the first 20 minutes. Mark Watkinson had a header cleared off the line from a James Haigh corner as Pock pressed high up the pitch but a break by Cave saw the Town defence fail to deal with a long ball and a quality finish put the home side ahead against the run of play.

Cave made it 2-0 five minutes later when an unlucky deflection off a Pock defender fell to a North Cave striker for a calm finish and despite the Assistant flagging for an offside, he was rightly overruled by the Referee to send Town into the break 2-0 down despite playing some good football.

With Rob Kunkel and John Heads giving a positive team talk at half time, Town started the second half well again and on 56 minutes, a long ball was played up to Dave O'Connor who despite the close attention of a Cave defender, managed to create half a yard to get a shot off and he hit a screamer first time into the top corner out of nothing.

That really lifted Pock and on 67 minutes, centre back Aziz Barakat started a run from his own half that took him past several Cave players. Despite a Cave challenge inside their area, the ball fell to Scott Sullivan who rounded the keeper and slotted it into the corner to level the game.

North Cave lifted their performance and came back into the game, with Pock keeper  Adam Thomas making a good block and George Alport clearing one effort off the line. Town scored the winner after good link up play between O'Connor and Sullivan, with "Des" laying the ball off and Sullivan hitting another bullet into the top corner.

Pock were forced to hang on in the last 10 minutes as Cave pressed hard but a great defensive performance from Alport, Watkinson, Barakat and Jim Drewery prevented serious efforts on the Town goal. The Pock midfield of James Haigh, Chris Saltmer, Sam Beales and Alex Cutts deserve a lot of credit for sticking to the game plan but the MOM for his leading of the line went to Dave O'Connor.

With the whole team motivated and working hard this was a fully deserved win after an impressive second half performance and one that Town have been threatening for the last few weeks. This Saturday sees them in league action away to Reckitts looking to continue this improvement and with a couple of players due back for selection, Pock will travel with confidence. Players meet at he club at 12.15 please.

Richard Bower

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