AFTER the abject display at Darlington GRSA the previous week, Fishburn Park travelled to Stokesley SC to face another team with relegation worries.
On a bobbly, uneven pitch and playing against the slight breeze, the away team settled quickest and caused the home team problems throughout the first half.
The Park players were vastly improved and determined to make amends for their disappointing display of a week ago and they went close on a number of occasions after some neat interplay around the edge of the penalty area. Unfortunately, it was often the final ball or the Stokesley ‘keeper that prevented a deserved opening goal.
In the second half, Stokesley improved and Fishburn did not have it their own way.
Although Stokesley did not cause Fishburns resolute defence too many problems they did break up the play quite successfully.
The bright spot of the half was a Mark Waterfield free-kick from the edge of the 18-yard box. The ball was struck with some force and sent the home ‘keeper off in one direction when it took a wicked deflection off the guarding wall.
Somehow the ‘keeper managed to adjust his feet and pulled off a tremendous save low down to his right side.
Fishburn heaped more pressure on the equally resolute home defence but the game ended in a goalless but entertaining draw.
What was pleasing from Fishburn’s point of view was the manner in which they earned a precious point.
There will be a need for the same sort of attitude and determination tomorrow when they travel to current league champions BEADS.
Stokesley SC 0 Fishburn Park 0