Carlton Athletic 8 Pool 1

POOL travelled to West Yorkshire League champions Carlton Athletic having been one of only two teams to beat them this season, and for an hour there was nothing between the two sides.

Pool took the lead when captain Jordan Wagstaff ended a strong run with a powerful shot passed the stranded Carlton keeper.

Brother Josh then almost doubled the score, his effort striking the bar, before rebounding to Nick Hewitt who had more time than he realised, and shot over the bar. A chance he would have taken nine times out of ten.

Carlton then showed exactly why they are champions, producing some excellent football, and a clever, deserved equaliser.

Pool weathered the storm, going into the second half with the scores level.

Fifteen minutes later, a rare piece of slack defending presented Carlton with the lead, then, the harder Pool tried, the worse it got as they pushed forward leaving gaps at the back.

Six more goals followed, three from set pieces as the home side put Pool to the sword as they

Pool sportingly stayed out after the match to applaud their hosts as they received the championship trophy.

A win at Hunslet Club this weekend could still see Pool finish fifth, which would be their highest position since joining the league.

Pool's midweek game with Knaresborough Town ended in 2-2 draw. Tom Fleming and Scott Firth scoring their goals.