FISHBURN Park under 14s grabbed a close victory in a tense derby win over local rivals Goldsborough.
Starting with the wind, Fishburn had the majority of territory and on 10 minutes Nathan Storr’s snapshot was fumbled by the keeper but Harry Purves was unable to bundle the ball over the line.
Jack Idle broke free out wide a couple of times but never got a clear shot away. Sam Pike and Spencer Hewison were dominant in midfield and Tom Shrimpton was stretching his legs down the wing at every opportunity.
The industrious Chester Adamski was playing soundly, robbing the winger of the ball on multiple occasions before playing the ball out safely.
When Goldsborough did break, Luke Stokoe came forward powerfully to intercept the ball and set the attack away once more.
Purves and Storr both had further opportunities but were unable to get power in their shots. Jay Stonehouse played a lovely ball to Hewison and his crossfield ball found Shrimpton in acres of space, he skinned the left back before crossing the ball but Purves shot went just wide.
Fishburn were on top but just needed a goal to settle the nerves.
Harry Lightwing’s clearance found Storr who was cynically fouled. Pike stepped up and hit the free-kick, the ball rebounded off the wall and Pike’s resultant half-volley strike was a stunner, as the ball crashed into the top corner from 30 yards.
Half-time saw the introduction of Bryn Kirby. 10 minutes in and Stonehose played a cracking ball into Storr, he beat the defender and a scuffed shot found itself in the back of the net.
At 2-0, Fishburn went all out for more goals. Pike, Adamski and Shrimpton played some lovely stuff down the left and Idle and Kirby were giving the home defence a torrid time.
Goldsborough nearly got back in the game on a couple of occasions but the ever-present Lightwing and Stokoe cleared up superbly at the back.
Charles Brown made an excellent punched clearance after a rasping shot from the striker and he came off his line well all day.
Purves, Idle and Kirby all went close in the dying minutes. There were a number of good performances on the day and the back four were excellent throughout.
Man of the match: Harry Lightwing - cool and composed at the back, always in control.