Great warm-up for junior cup final

FISHBURN Park under 13s entertained a Heslerton side who had shown some promise on their last two outings, with a comfortable draw with West Pier in their last game.

Due to injury, Park skipper Sam Pike was unavailable and centre-half Luke Stokoe was on holiday.

After the disappointment against Ayton, Fishburn were determined to play some football, ball control and passing was slick from the start and Chester Adamski carried the ball from left-back whenever possible.

In the first 15 minutes, the home side had four good chances but the away keeper kept them out.

The deadlock was finally broken after a throw out by Fishburn keeper Charles Brown found Harry Lightwing. He had acres of space to choose his pass and a lovely cross-field ball found Will Cork-Dove out wide.

He beat two defenders before picking out Liam Clarkson on the edge of the box, a quick look up and he spotted the keeper off his line and an inch perfect lob got the scoreboard ticking over.

The second goal came from the right this time. Tom Shrimpton carried the ball to the halfway line before sending Jack Idle on his way, he outpaced the left back and a superb cross found Jordan Sneap to nod home his 29th goal of the season.

Nathan Storr almost scored after a mazy run from the halfway line saw him through on goal but he was denied by a good save. Spencer Hewison was playing well at centre-back and cleared up any loose balls over the top.

The second half saw Sneap drop into midfield and Clarkson move into the striker role and within two minutes, Fishburn scored their third.

Some good play down the left saw Storr nutmeg a defender before playing a one-two with Cork-Dove. He then cut the ball back from the by-line to find Harry Purves, With the keeper off his line again, he cleverly clipped the ball over the top to leave the keeper stranded.

Heslerton had a rare long-range shot that was safely tipped over by Brown and another shot rattled the crossbar.

Fishburn were comfortable in possession and Purves was dropping off the front two nicely to pick up the ball and bring the wingers into play. Lightwing and Hewison were limiting the Heslerton attack to speculative long range shots that rarely troubled Brown.

Storr finally got the goal he deserved. Purves’ inch perfect pass got him in behind the right back and he slid a neat first time finish under the keeper.

Clarkson got his second after some good interplay between Shrimpton and Lightwing had setup the attacking platform.

The final Fishburn goal came about after a ferocious shot from range by Sneap was parried by the keeper to Cork-Dove, who turned the defender easily before placing the ball just beyond the keeper’s reach.

Fishburn came close on a couple of other occasions, firstly with Idle who pushed the ball wide of the goal from close range and Sneap had a shot cleared off the line.

Heslerton grabbed a consolation with a superb 30-yard strike that gave Brown no chance. This was a good end of season team performance as the team prepared for the Schneider Cup Final at Bridlingtom.

On the day Adamski, Shrimpton, Sneap and Lightwing worked hard all afternoon but there is a joint man of the match award this week: Nathan Storr - excellent attacking play and linked up well with the front men all afternoon; Spencer Hewison - controlled the back four superbly all afternoon and worked tirelessly to get the ball back from the opposition.

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