Four out of four in season opener

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The first tournament of the new Yorkshire League Division Four season saw Halifax under 12 boys travel to Pocklington where they played four matches and won all of them to gain promotion to Division three next month.

The first against Doncaster was a good open game with both teams trying to play passing hockey. Andrew MacDonald marshalled the defence well and allowed Tom Brady to control midfield. George English-Burns stole the winner on his debut, latching onto a clever pass from Jacob Orley to place the ball into the corner

The second game against Sheffield saw another strong display with William Kirby displaying some good skills in midfield while Jacob Orley was the star with two fine goals. Max Frost had a good game keeping possession well and making some good runs into space.

A lacklustre performance against Bradford followed where positional changes seemed to upset the team and while Kaenan Sutcliffe played well, other players were unable to find space.

Andy MacDonald scored what proved to be the winner with a scrappy goal but Bradford were unlucky not to grab a draw when the post came to the rescue.

The fourth game against Pocklington was another scrappy game with the team getting drawn into the middle of the pitch and unable to find space. William Kirby opened the scoring with a well taken goal after his initial shot was saved. Pocklington hit back on a rare attack and spoiled David Garside’s record of keeping a clean sheet.

Jacob Orley was creating space by keeping width on the right wing and this allowed the team the opportunity to free up Tom Brady who made a great pass to George English-Burns who fired in the winner late in the game for a 2-1 win.