FISHBURN Park under 14s entertained third place West Pier, knowing only a win would keep their Minor League aspirations alive - and they passed the test with flying colours.
Playing on a bigger pitch helped the home side and they looked comfortable in possession and intelligently played the ball into space.
Luke Stokoe and Harry Lightwing were superb throughout clearing the long ball, putting in some crunching tackles and covering each other when the striker got in behind.
Jay Stonehouse and Chester Adamski were playing as wingbacks and got forward time after time.
Dan Jinks looked in complete control between sticks and made a good save when one-on-one with the striker.
Fishburn had a number of early chances but last-ditch tackling prevented a score.
Liam Clarkson and Harry Purves ran their socks off and played some lovely one-two stuff. Tom Shrimpton was showing some real pace and dominated his opposite number.
On 20 minutes, Jack Idle came off the bench and scored with his first touch. Sam Pike’s incisive pass found Idle just inside the box and his powerful strike across the keeper nestled in the far corner.
This calmed the team as they were dominating territory and possession; Charlie Checkley came on to give Purves a breather.
Nathan Storr had his best game in a while and some powerful runs got him to the by-line time and again.
Spencer Hewison sprayed a number of lovely cross-field passes and Pier were chasing shadows.
After the break, Clarkson, Purves and Checkley combined well for a neat cross, Idle made a great burst from deep to reach the ball but the shot crashed off the bar. Some nice interplay between Adamski and Storr set Pike away again but he was upended 35 yards out.
The free-kick into the box saw a deft touch by the industrious Shrimpton loop the ball over the keeper’s head for 2-0.
Stonehouse came back on into centre-midfield to replace the injured Hewison and he played the holding role superbly for the rest of the game.
Pike went on another run but when he was scythed down in the box, Purves stepped up and his penalty strike left the keeper no chance.
Charles Brown came on in net and collected the ball well and distributed cleverly. Pier grabbed a consolation late on but the result was never in doubt.
Man of the match: The whole team - too many good performances to single out one single player.
Fishburn Park U14s 3 West Pier U14s 1