Park inflict only defeat on league champions

Fishburn Park rounded off their Teesside League fixtures with an impressive win against newly-crowned champions Whinney Banks, inflicting their only defeat in the league programme.

Park got off to a great start, taking a 10th minute lead when James Organ Simpson turned in Stuart Gregson’s cross.

Their lead lasted only 10 minutes as the league’s top scorer, Danny Lockwood, levelled, and within minutes, the visitors were in front, with Lee Mahon slotting home.

Fishburn needed some form of inspiration and it came on the stroke of half-time, with Rich Lane smashing home a 30-yard piledriver to take the teams in level at the break.

They were further boosted as Banks were reduced to 10 men for dissent seconds before the whistle.

The second half saw the Whitby side with the bit between their teeth and they took the lead when Mark Waterfield held off a couple of challenges before forcing the ball home on 60 minutes.

It got even better minutes later when Dom Wilson netted an almost identical goal.

Whinney Banks forced their way back into the game with Lockwood netting again on 75 minutes.

More drama was to follow as the visitors were awarded a controversial penalty.

Lee Mahon, who could have gone level with his team-mate as the league’s top scorer, stepped up but was foiled by a brilliant save by Park keeper Paul Watson.

Tempers flared late on and the visitors had a second player dismissed after an incident which saw Park’s Oliver Cooper receive treatment to a head wound, but then he returned to help his team hold out for a famous victory.

Fishburn Park 4 Whinney Banks 3