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Pocklington Predators U16's 1 - 3 Beverley Town U16's

02 Feb 2014

If the Predators were the type of side who wanted to list excuses for this East Riding quarter final cup exit they could call upon late drop outs, suspensions, injuries and a dramatic change in a first half  head-wind:  but that’s not the type of side they are nor the type of way they are led. This simply boiled down to chances taken.

Town faced a strong head wind in the first half as Beverley gained the upper hand in the early exchanges using the conditions to their advantage testing the Pocklington defence with lengthy balls.  Those that didn't run straight through to Sam Flinton, more often than not were dealt with by débutante Liam Neil who started in a holding midfield role before replacing the injured Erin Hoban in the heart of Town’s defence.  

Pocklington's first chance came 15 minutes into the game; Connor Wade winning a corner that was driven in by  Joe Milner only for  Neil  to see his header fly just over.  The next five minutes shaped this match as the home side drew two outstanding saves from the Beverley keeper;  firstly saving Wade’s effort and then tipping away a rasping Milner free kick.   Milner then broke down the left but the pull-back went wide before Ben Potter saw another effort head over the bar.  With four good chances failing to ripple the net, Pocklington needed to keep door closed at the other end of the pitch, but with two minutes to go before half-time the away side picked up a loose ball in the area and drove it home.  

Bizarrely the head wind that Town had battled against in the first half dissipated and Predators had no advantage. They started the second half brightly though and equalised in the first  five minutes through Milner who met a pull back from the left with a neat volley finish.  But just when they needed to consolidate, Predators fell asleep at a Beverley corner and allowed a late arrival a free run and his header sent Pocklington behind again.  

Pocklington pushed forward, Fraser Hansen and Connor Wade linking well with Wade unlucky as his curling right foot effort hit the bar. The next goal was critical and sadly from the home side it was Beverley who grabbed it, picking up a bobbling ball in the area and despatching Town out of the cup.

Jim Hansen

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