MATCH REPORT: Beverley Town 3-4 Pocklington Town

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A large crowd turned out for the first home game of the season and they were treated to a feast of goals.

Town made one change bringing in Tom Davies for Nathan White. On a warm night Town started well, and after 11 minutes Matty Littlefield fired them 1-0 up after robbing the Pocklington defender of possession and firing into the bottom left-hand corner.

Pocklington equalised 10minutes later when a corner was whipped in from the right and bundled home by the Pocklington attacker. Town were on the back foot slightly but managed to see out a good spell from Pocklington, and felt hard done by when an effort by Adam Foster looked like it had crossed the line but was hooked clear by the visiting defence

Half time 1-1

Town started the second half strongly, enjoying good possession and creating good opportunities. On 60 minutes Town went 2-1 up when Ben Thompson fired in a cross-shot from long distance, the Pocklington keeper was stranded and the ball sailed into the top corner. Town were unlucky not to extend their lead when Adam Foster again was denied a goal following a clear handball on the line which the referee failed to spot.

Stuart Oliver made it 3-1 on 68 minutes after some neat interplay and at this stage of the game Beverley were in total control . However a sense of complacency seemed to creep into their play, and sloppy mistakes crept into the game. On 70 minutes Pocklington took advantage of poor defending from a corner and reduced arrears to 3-2.  This gave the visitors confidence and seemed to drain Town of the fact they were still winning, heads dropped and management of the game was non-existent.

Inevitably Pocklington equalised on 75 minutes after a good move through the middle of the park and Town were trying desperately to get a handle on the game. On 85 minutes a 40-yard free kick was fired in at the Town goal, keeper Mathew Spencer got a finger tip to it and as the ball rebounded off the post Pocklington reacted quickest to finish from close range.

Full time 3-4

After the game Beverley manager Rich Jagger gave his thoughts on the game “ we are all disappointed about losing the game from being in such a strong position. The lads were cruising at 3-1 up, but we showed a real naivety in not closing the game out. We have a bit of work to do on the training ground this Thursday, but as I said to the lads, that’s 2 games where we should have taken all 3 points from both, if we can wise up and see games out we will start to get some points on the board”

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