Solid win keeps Park youngsters in contention

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FISHBURN Park’s under 10s A team kept up the push for promotion after a solid away win against a strong Skelton team.

The tight pitch meant a slight change in formation and the lads adapted well.

Exchanges were fairly even early on as both teams tackled hard in midfield to try to gain the upper hand, but the better of the goal chances were falling Park’s way.

With some nice interchanging of passes between Ward-Hepburn and Swales, the Whitby side got the breakthrough.

Swales’ strong shot could only be parried by the keeper to Ward-Hepburn who followed up well to score.

Skelton were always well in the game though and forced some good blocks from Dale at the back and Humble in goal commanded the area well from corners to keep Park on top.

The second half saw Park take more of a grip on the game with better ball retention throughout.

Hansell down the left was a big influence going forward and he forced his way to the edge of the box to set up Ward-Hepburn to score again for 2-0.

Skelton pushed forward and with the aid of some slack marking, a free shot at goal put them back in the game.

Credit to Park though as they continued to play the better football and scored a third goal through Ward-Hepburn again, this time with the aid of a wicked deflection.

Man of the match: Luke Ward-Hepburn – brilliant hold-up play all game and got the goals.

Skelton Utd U10s 1 Fishburn Park U10s A 3

PARK’S B team bounced back from the previous week’s disappointing cup exit with a comfortable league win.

The points never looked in danger as Park were in control throughout the match against a much-improved Redcar Town side.

Clennan was his usual driving force from the middle and helped himself to another two goals, taking his tally for the season to 16 from centre midfield.

Owen Britton also took his tally into double figures for the season with his 10th league goal and Warrilow got the fourth.

With Redcar Athletic only managing a draw, Park move to within two points of first place with games in hand.

Fishburn Park B 4 Redcar Town B 1