Fishburn Park U16s go top of league

Fishburn Park under 16s took on a Stokesley team in what was a expected to be a tough game as both teams were unbeaten in the league.

Before the game, both teams took place in a minute’s silence to respect the loss of Rob Plackett, former child welfare officer and helped the team out a lot during hard times.

Fishburn started the game the better side, passing the ball well and making the ball do all the work while it looked like they were coasting.

They created quite a lot of chances but none could be taken by the team.

After 20 minutes, the opponents started to show their grit and showed why they were unbeaten in their previous two games by starting to get a hold in the game, creating chances of their own.

It seemed both teams were happy with a scoreless draw going in at half-time, Fishburn created one last chance from nothing.

The Stokesley goalkeeper could have cleared the ball, but Jack Kipling closed the ball down quickly, stole the ball from under the keeper’s legs and tapped in for a 1-0 lead.

After a little talk, Fishburn came out but didn’t start the way they did in the first, being quite sloppy with play and seeming to be on the back foot for most of the first period.

After soaking up a lot of pressure on the Fishburn goal, the team finally conjured up a chance which was nicely taken by Callum Halley from a Nathan Storr pass.

This seemed to deflate Stokesley and get them a little agitated as they weren’t used to being in this position.

The game filtered off after the second goal and the full-time whistle came to the relief of the Fishburn players. This win puts Fishburn top of the fourth division of the Teesside Junior Alliance by playing two games with two wins and to yet concede a goal.

They next travel to Great Ayton in the County Cup hoping to progress to the next round.