DORMANS FC, formerly Acklam Steelworks, hosted a Fishburn team smarting from the defeat in the MacMillan Bowl the previous week.
Fishburn’s determination to make amends for the mistakes made for a very nervous opening 15 minutes of this match.
Once settled, Park began to play football, restricting Dormans to one opportunity that ‘keeper Blackburn did well to get a hand to allow Neil Waterfield to clear off the line.
That was the only real chance the hosts had in the entire first half.
Neil Hart was the beneficiary of neat football on more than one occasion but failed to find the net, while further other opportunities were spurned by Dean Ward, brother Callum Ward and James Organ-Simpson. The teams entered the interval level when realistically Park should have been at least two goals to the good.
The second half saw the expected 10 minute surge from the home team but for all their effort, the result was much the same as the latter part of the first half and chances for them were restricted to set pieces as Fishburn started to dominate again.
Hart opened the scoring on 70 minutes when the home defence failed to clear following a typical Benali shot.
The ball landed at Hart’s feet and he lashed his shot through a crowded penalty area and into the net from 25 yards.
Neil Waterfield scored for the third consecutive match when a wicked corner fired in from the left glanced off his head and into his own net to level the scores on 75 minutes.
This gave Dormans the lift they needed and they began to assert pressure and ask questions of the Park defence for the first time since the 15th minute.
The pressure paid off in bizarre circumstances when, in the 80th minute, a speculative cross from the left, meandered its way into the box via a number of deflections and hit the stationary Dorman’s forward on the shin and bobbled over the line from five yards.
That gave Park little time to react but they created enough to take at least a deserved point from this match.
Fishburn Park: Blackburn, Tose, N Waterfield, M Waterfield, D Wilson, Organ-Simpson (Wilson 75) Benali, C Ward, D Ward (Braithwaite 80), Hart, Lane (Lorrains 45). Subs not used: J Ward
Man of the match: N Waterfield. Match sponsored by AbbeyGas.
Dormans FC 2 Fishburn Park 1