FISHBURN Park under 13s and local rivals Goldsborough locked horns again in another close encounter in the semi-finals of the Schneider Electric Cup.
Fishburn started the game without Sam Pike in the starting line-up as the skipper had sustained a broken nose in the previous week’s game.
The re-jig saw Harry Purves drop into centre-half and Liam Clarkson and Luke Stokoe fill the centre midfield role.
The first 10 minutes was a little to and fro but Fishburn seemed to be making the majority of the chances.
Chester Adamski and Nathan Storr were working some nice moves down the left.
Jordan Sneap was working hard up front dropping onto the last man, this forced the opposition to defend deep which in turn opened up the midfield. A snapshot from the Goldsborough striker early on forced Charlie Brown into a comfortable save down to his right.
Harry Lightwing was carrying the ball out nicely and Purves was comfortable with the ball at his feet.
Will Cork-Dove was playing as a striker and he went close on a couple of occasions.
As the game progressed, Fishburn became more confident. A number of good saves from the Goldsborough keeper kept the home side out but it was only a matter of time. Purves was marshalling the back four well and communication was flowing.
The deadlock was finally broken after Tom Shrimpton carried the ball out of defence, he then played an intricate ball to Storr who went on a mazy run before crossing, the ball flew over everybody in the box but found its way to the opposite winger Jack Idle.
He stepped inside the on-rushing defender before finding Sneap in the box, his first touch was superb and as he span leaving the defender flat footed an instinctive snapshot saw the ball smashed high into the right hand corner of the net.
Idle set up another chance after working well with Stokoe but Clarkson blasted wide from just outside the box.
It remained 1-0 until half-time.
With the game still in the balance, Pike and Spencer Hewison were brought off the bench to shore up the midfield with Clarkson moving up front. Adamski was overlapping well and getting high up the pitch whenever possible.
Purves and Shrimpton were happy bringing the ball out together.
However, Goldsborough had the first real chance of the second half and Brown was called into action again with the shot stinging his hands from long range.
With 15 minutes to go the game was made safe. Purves’ accurate pass found Hewison in midfield, he laid the ball off to Sneap and his excellent through ball sent Clarkson away. The keeper came out to narrow the angle but his precise finish left him no chance.
With the game now looking like it was safe, Fishburn relaxed and played the ball around nicely, although they would have liked a third they weren’t prepared to be caught on the counter-attack so always kept someone in the middle of the park.
Towards the end of the game Storr had a crack from distance but the ball just whistled past the post. Pike also had a dig from range but that went over the bar.
Cork-Dove seemed to have the ball stuck to his foot at times as he showed some silky skills and he went close a couple of times. Fishburn return to Bridlington FC on the bank holiday weekend hoping to go one better than last year, when they were beaten in extra time after being ahead four times.
Man of the match: Harry Purves – commanded the back four all afternoon, made numerous excellent tackles which broke up the Goldsborough attacking option.
Fishburn Park U13s 2 Goldsborough U13s 0