FISHBURN Park took all three points away to North Ormesby against a side which had often been a thorn in Park’s side over recent seasons.
With manager Al Price on holiday, Paul Walker and Gordon Ward were in no doubt about the size of the task set before them but decided.
Even so, it took 20 minutes for Park to settle. North Ormesby piled forward at every opportunity and caused problems by overloading in midfield and often having five or six attackers bearing down on the Fishburn goal.
However, a resolute defensive attitude saw Fishburn through the early onslaught and they began to impose themselves on the home team.
It could have been a different story. Late on in the half, following a Fishburn corner, North Ormesby broke with speed and accuracy, beating the offside trap.
They advanced on Paul Watson’s goal, some neat passing around the scrambling Park defence resulted in a shot striking the inside of the post, falling at the feet of Dom Wilson who cleared.
At half-time, Jimmy Organ-Simpson had to withdraw through injury and he was replaced by Jack Wilson. A few well chosen words from Walker and Ward sent Park out in a more determined mood and they bossed the second half from start to finish.
Paul Watson, captain for the day and playing his last game for Fishburn before joining the Army, was only called upon once to make a save of any significance in the whole of the half.
By then, Fishburn were two goals to the good. Mark Tose’s corners from the left had pace and a wicked curl that had the home defence in disarray every time he fired one in. Neil Waterfield squandered one good chance and had another header cleared off the line before eventually, in the 67th minute, he found the back of the net with a bullet of a header that gave the home keeper no chance.
Fishburn’s confidence came flooding back. The combination of Dom Wilson, brilliant at right back and Ryan Braithwaite at right midfield tore into the home side’s left flank, creating many chances for Hart and Richardson, who would have scored but for good defensive work and fine keeping.
Fishburn were awarded a series of free-kicks as the home team became frustrated at not seeing much of the ball and one saw Mark Waterfield’s powerful attempt skim the outside of the upright.
Callum Ward and Joey Benali were running the game from the middle and it was a combination of these two that led to the second goal. A strong tackle by Benali saw the ball break to Ward, his quick and accurate ball found Wilson advancing down the right.
Wilson played a superb ball in behind the Ormesby left back and Braithwaite was on to it like a flash, he got to the by-line and sent over a low hard cross which allowed Jack Wilson to score his first ever goal for Fishburn Park in the 78th minute.
The win was thoroughly deserved and showed how far Fishburn have come over the past few weeks. The team has added some steel and determination to its armoury and the players showed, on this display, they can now grind out results when needed.
Fishburn Park: Watson, Tose, N Waterfield, M Waterfield, D Wilson, Organ-Simpson (J Wilson 45) Benali, C Ward, Braithwaite (Locker 85), Hart, Richardson (Lorrains 75); subs not used: Lane, J Ward.
Man of the match: N Waterfield; match sponsored by AbbeyGas
This Saturday, Fishburn are away to Billingham Synthonia Reserves in a MacMillan Bowl first round cup tie, kick-off 1.30pm.
North Ormesby 0 Fishburn Park 2