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FOOTBALL: Beverley in fine form to record first win

Pocklington Town 1 – 3 Beverley Town  (Wednesday 23rd August)

Town travelled to Pocklington to face a confident Pock side who beat defending champions Crown at the weekend. Beverley on the other hand were looking for their first win after a disappointing defeat against Hedon at home.

Manager Rich Jagger made two changes to Saturday’s side, bringing Leon Dawson in on the left-hand side and Alex Stark up front. Both would play major roles in the game.

Town started the brighter of the two sides, with Dawson and young winger Aldo Hysenaj causing problems on the flanks. And it was Dawson who put town 1-0 up after only eight minutes. After some great work by strikers Craig Muirhead and Alex Stark around the box, Dawson dropped a shoulder from eight yards out and calmly slotted past the keeper.

Town continued to be a threat going forwards and the Pocklington back line were having a torrid time dealing with Beverley’s pace and energy. On 18 minutes Alex Stark made it 2-0 after a fine free kick delivered by skipper Ben Thomson was put on a plate for Stark to head home from 10 yards out.

Pocklington tried to get back into the game, but Town’s back four, well marshalled by Tom Davies, stayed strong. On 29 minutes Town went 3-0 up, Stark and Thomson combining again.  Thomson played a precise ball into Stark’s feet, who found a yard of space on the edge of the 18-yard box and fired low and hard past the Pocklington keeper.

Pocklington sprang into life and on 37 minutes were awarded a penalty when full back Shaun Day brought down his man in the box.  The penalty was despatched with ease and the half was played out with no further incident.

Half time: Pocklington 1-3 Beverley Town

The second half focus for Town was concentration and keeping disciplined, as Pocklington were expected to come out of the blocks and attack.  Pocklington definitely started the half with much more purpose, getting the ball forward quicker and creating more space in midfield.

Town reacted to this by changing to a 4-5-1 formation, with Craig Muirhead dropping into midfield and Alex Stark playing up front on his own.  This move had the desired effect and Town began to stifle the game and keep things tight.

Pocklington continued to push for the goal that would make it a very tense finish, creating some good openings, but never managed to hit the target.

Alex Stark worked himself into the ground up front on his own and was replaced by George Southgate on 68 minutes.

Town keeper Matthew Spencer was called into action to make a couple of vital saves and the back line of Town was under pressure, but the dominant Tom Davies and Max Thomas were not going to be breached.

As Town ran the clock down, the game was getting beyond Pocklington.  Leon Dawson was replaced by Josh Davies, and Town kept shape and discipline to record an excellent victory.

Town manager Rich Jagger was delighted with the result at full time: “It was an excellent performance from the lads and a thoroughly deserved win. In the first half we were frightening going forwards; Stark and Muirhead caused all sorts of problems and our midfield were a constant threat.  Second half we had to do the dirty work and we did a fine job. I thought Tom Davies was outstanding at the back and to be honest every man but in a great shift out there tonight”

Town face local rivals Hornsea away on Saturday, 2pm KO at Hornsea’s Hollis Recreation Ground .