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Report: Pocklington Town 1 Hull City 4

Report: Pocklington Town 1 Hull City 4

Tyler Hamilton scored a hat-trick as Hull City beat Pocklington Town 4-1 in the second round of the East Riding Senior Cup at the Henry Thirsk Amenity Centre on Tuesday night.

Jon Beale and Andy Dawson named a side drawn from both the U18s and U23s squads but only Jordan Hickey and Hamilton had started the Development Squad's previous fixture away at Wigan. Harvey Cartwright, Matty Swift, McCauley Power, McCauley Snelgrove and Oli Green were the U18s included in the starting eleven.

After a quiet start Hamilton and Snelgrove combined to create a chance for Power but his shot was held by Pocklington keeper Coxall. Hickey fired over at the near post from a Power cross and Green shot over from outside the box before Elliot Bonds forced Coxall into a save low to his right.

Dunham had the hosts’ best chance of the opening period but his low drive was blocked by the Tigers' defence. Hamilton was looking lively down the City left and saw Coxall push one effort away for a corner before curling another right foot shot narrowly wide of the post.

The deadlock was finally broken two minutes before the break when the Tigers were awarded a penalty. The referee spotted a push in the Pocklington box and Hamilton confidently converted the spot-kick.

Beale and Dawson made a change during the interval with Luke Rees replacing Snelgrove and it was the substitute’s pass that Hamilton fired into the bottom corner of the net to double the lead in the 53rd minute.

The Tigers were awarded their second penalty of the game in the 69th minute when Green was brought down in the box and Hamilton stepped up to complete his hat-trick.

Power was off target with City’s next chance when he cut in from the right but the Humber Premier League side got themselves back into the game when Dan Boneham was sent through to fire past Cartwright in the 75th minute.

However, City restored their three-goal lead just a couple of minutes later when Power won possession in the Pocklington half before calmly placing his shot into the bottom corner of the net.

Pocklington bravely battled on and were unlucky not to pull another goal back when Cartwright produced an outstanding save to tip a close-range header onto the crossbar.

Hamilton went close to getting his fourth goal of the game in stoppage time only to be denied by Coxall but last season’s Senior Cup runners-up booked their place in the next stage of the competition.

Pocklington Town: Coxall, Drewery, J Cooney (Boneham 70), Bielby, Lawson, Cutts, Rogers (Minto 66), Wintie, Dunham, R Cooney (Brewer 56), Richardson.
Subs Not Used: Rudd, Hansen.

Hull City: Harvey Cartwright, Lucas Odunston, Matty Jacob, Jordan Hickey, Matty Swift, Danny Lupano (Jake Leake 59), McCauley Power, Elliot Bonds (Harry Lovick 70), McCauley Snelgrove (Luke Rees 45), Oli Green, Tyler Hamilton.
Subs Not Used: Harry Fisk, Harvey Carew.