FISHBURN Park under 14s were drawn against Kirbymoorside in the quarter-finals of a joint cup competition.
On a rather boggy pitch and without regular goalkeeper Charlie Brown, Fishburn knew they had nothing to lose in this match.
The management team decided to try a few things out which meant a change to the normal shape of the team. Spencer Hewison filled in at keeper. Tom Shrimpton dropped back from midfield to right back and Taylor Humble moved into centre-half with Luke Stokoe moving into centre midfield.
From the off the home side looked assured and were passing the ball around crisply and chasing down the opposition every time they got the ball.
On seven minutes Fishburn were ahead. Some good work down the right by Liam Clarkson allowed him to cross the ball which was pounced on by Will Cork-Dove who side-footed home from 10 yards.
Fishburn were in complete control and Harry Lightwing easily dealt with any threat that came near goal.
Chester Adamski was reliant on his pace all afternoon as he came up against a much bigger and faster winger but contained him well.
On 14 minutes, Sam Pike danced his way through a number of soft challenges before crossing to an unmarked Nathan Storr at the back post for an easy tap-in.
Kirkbymoorside came into the game a little and were trying to feed the ball to the big midfield and centre forward players, but Humble nipped in a number of times to nick the ball before any real danger could be mounted.
Jordan Sneap was working really hard in closing down the opposition defence and they gave away a number of balls through rushed passing.
Kirkby final got on the scoreboard after their striker outpaced a number of players before sliding the ball past the diving Hewison.
The whole team were playing sensible football, passing the ball nicely and closing down the opposition, but the first game in six weeks was taking its toll as players were tiring quickly.
Harry Purves came on upfront and Jack Idle onto the right flank.
The half-time whistle blew with Fishburn ahead.
Kirkby came more into the game, utilising the wind well, Shrimpton was bringing the ball out from nicely from right back and always looking for the incisive pass.
Pike was putting in the hard yards and Idle was having his best game in a Fishburn shirt for a long time.
The game was in the balance but the team never stopped believing,
Two superb saves in quick succession by Hewsion kept the visitors out and with seven minutes to go a superb strike by Sneap who finished after some good work by Purves and Storr looked like the game was won.
However with three minutes to go, Kirkby scored from a corner to draw level.
A minute later and they could have won it but Hewison made his third excellent save denying the striker with his legs.
With a minute to go Fishburn threw caution to the wind, Shrimpton carried the ball out of defence, he found Stokoe and some close touch play between Pike, Clarkson and Purves made room for a shot. The ball struck a defender in the box, Idle was quickest to the ball and he placed the ball perfectly into the corner of the net to win the game.
There were a number of impressive performances on the day. Hewison was superb in goal and the defence worked extremely hard against bigger and stronger opposition.
Sneap worked hard all afternoon up front and Idle put in one of his best performances but man of the match was Sam Pike - a determined and hard-working display by the skipper.
Fishburn Park U14s 4 Kirkbymoorside U14s 3