Team Jinksed as keeper nets Park winner

FISHBURN Park under 16s keeper Dan Jinks was the hero as he scored the winner from open play.

Fishburn had the strong wind at their backs in the first half and were playing some good stuff.

Purves had the first chance, a neat turn and shot went just wide.

Stonehouse’s ball over the top held up in the wind and Whitehead and Clarkson combined well, but the keeper made a good save.

Lightwing’s long free-kick picked out Hewison on the edge of the box but the shot was charged down. Stokoe was superb under the high ball and put in countless crunching tackles.

S Pike was industrious up top but the big keeper was always alive to the danger. On 34 minutes, Jinks - who had talked about a scoring opportunity prior to the game - took a gamble.

A huge kick out of his hand bounced on the edge of the box, S Pike chased the ball which caused the keeper to hesitate and he was caught in no-man’s land as the ball bounced over his head into the net.

The crowd went crazy as they knew the goal could prove vital.

Kirby and Idle came off the bench to add some defensive reinforcements and they worked their socks off.

Kirkby utilised the wind well and Fishburn were under lots of pressure.

Jinks was impressive in goal, handling well and punching dangerous balls clear. Stokoe and Lightwing had their best games of the season working as a collective at heart of defence.

B Pike came on with 15 minutes to go but his superb cross just eluded Clarkson at the death.

Players of the match: Luke Stokoe & Harry Lightwing - heroic effort by the centre-halves to keep Kirkbymoorside out.

Result from 19 April – Fishburn Park 2 Goldsborough 1 (Purves & Stokoe).

MOM – Tom Shrimpton.