Basement boys good value for their point

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FISHBURN Park under 14s entertained bottom-of-the-league side Holt expecting a goalfeast - but it never arrived.

Playing uphill in the first half, Nathan Storr escaped his marker but his long-range shot was comfortably saved.

Luke Stokoe and Harry Lightwing were struggling with the long kick outs and a ricocheted clearance fell nicely to the striker who gave Charles Brown no chance to make it 1-0.

Fishburn had a penalty but Liam Clarkson hit it straight at the keeper for an easy save.

Tom Shrimpton and Chester Adamski struggled to get forward from the full back positions and Spencer Hewison didn’t seem to have any time on the ball as Holt congested the middle of the park.

Sam Pike worked hard but no-one was taking a chance by running behind the Holt defence and when they did the strikers were caught offside a number of times.

Jack Idle put some nice tackles in but was unable to get away from the left back.

Fishburn finally got their goal after a quick throw set Clarkson away and he finished in style.

Harry Purves came off the bench to try to add some pace to the attack and although he played some nice touches he never had an opening.

The second half saw Fishburn down the slope and although Pike made some good runs but too often ran out of room.

Checkley broke the of-side trap and with just the keeper to beat took the strike on too early from 20 yards and the keeper saved comfortably.

Fishburn conceded a penalty after a rash tackle but Dan Jinks made an excellent save.

Jinks’ good punch from a deep cross set Fishburn away, Jay Stonehouse and Hewison worked some room for Purves who was tripped on the edge of the box. Clarkson struck the free-kick and although the keeper fumbled, no-one gambled.

Fishburn were running out of ideas. Their usual slick passing game rarely materialised but when it did it looked good.

A couple of corner kicks went close but never tested the keeper. The last 10 saw wave upon wave of attacks from Fishburn it wasn’t their day.

Although they went close towards the end and they dominated territory and possession throughout, it ended 1-1 with two points dropped.

Man of the match – Dan Jinks - super confident display coupled with an excellent penalty save.

Fishburn Park U14s 1 Holt U14s 1