FISHBURN Park’s under 14s played their first game in a month and although a little slow out the blocks, they eased their way into the last four of the district cup.
Luke Stokoe was heading the ball superbly from defence and Harry Lightwing and Jay Stonehouse continually nipped in to steal the ball.
Dan Jinks made a couple of good saves early on but could do nothing about the opening goal as the Scholes strikers lob found the net.
Chester Adamski was being tested by the pacy winger but he slowly took control of the left flank.
Tom Shrimpton looked full of beans down the right and a neat cross and fumble by the keeper allowed Liam Clarkson to stab the ball home for his first since a long injury lay-off.
A couple of minutes later and Fishburn were ahead. Sam Pike hit a superb strike from 25 yards which found the top corner.
Charlie Checkley and Nathan Storr played some nice stuff down the left and Fishburn should have scored a couple more goals before half-time but it remained 2-1 at the break.
The second half saw the introduction of Jack Idle and he got on the scoresheet after five minutes.
Spencer Hewison fired the ball in the box and after a bit of a medley, Idle smashed the ball home.
Fishburn were now in control. A driving run from Pike saw him beat four players before a sidefoot finish found the bottom corner.
It wasn’t long before the next goal game along, a fine bit of play by Bryn Kirby, Storr and Checkley found Shrimpton on the edge of the six-yard box and he made no mistake.
The back four were playing the ball out nicely and Stonehouse was starting to get forward with his pace.
Adamski’s interplay with Storr found Pike just outside the box and a neat one-two with Clarkson saw him get behind the defence and beat the keeper to the ball for an excellent hat-trick.
A lack of concentration gifted Scholes a couple of goals late on.
However, Lightwing and Stokoe put in the hard yards, defending solidly all afternoon.
Fishburn finished the game on a high. Hewison and Kirby combined well to set Checkley away and a composed one-on-one finish saw him score his first goal for the club.
Man of the match: Skipper Sam Pike - powered forward from midfield all afternoon capping off a solid display with an excellent treble.
Scholes Park Raiders U14s 3 Fishburn Park U14s 7