FISHBURN Park Reserves travelled to Hummanby in a massive match in the battle to avoid relegation from division one on Saturday.
Both teams would have left the match disappointed with the final outcome in what a hostile and bad-tempered match.
Hunmanby started the strongest and seemed to want it more in the earlier stages and created a number of early chances but the first talking point came 15 minutes in, when Lee Brennan and the Hunmanby centre back tangled in an ugly fracas after a late challenge from the Fishburn man.
The Hunmanby player responded with a slap to Brennan’s face, resulting in the ref having no option to show him a straight red.
Brennan received a yellow card for his part in the incident.
Fishburn should have been buoyed by this but it was the home side who responded better and deservedly raced into a 2-0 lead at half-time after sloppy defending, leaving Fishburn a mountain to climb.
But with manager Wood’s half-time words ringing in their ears, Fishburn showed the extra spirit and passion needed and were soon level. Captain and man of the match Jericho Keys latched onto a Richardson cut back before fit again centre half Menzies headed in an excellent Jobling corner and the game was all square with 20 minutes left.
With the hailstone raining down the game was becoming increasingly ferocious with the referee showing one red and nine yellow cards in the game and at time could be accused of losing control.
Fishburn continued to play football and got the goal they deserved when Keys prodded home from close range to put them ahead.
This lead only lasted a number of minutes as a long ball wasn’t dealt with properly by Fishburn, allowing Hummanby to squeeze the ball home and earn the home side a point.
Fishburn were left disappointed they didn’t take all three points after taking the lead late but a poor start cost them the win.
They travel to bottom side Scalby tomorrow knowing a win would more or less see them safe, but they must play better for 90 minutes if they wish to beat the struggling Scarborough side.
Man of the match: Jericho Keys - worked tirelessly all game for the cause and deserved his two goals from midfield.
Fishburn Park Reserves 3 Hunmanby 3