FISHBURN under 13s played Scholes for the second time in three weeks and were looking for a big score after their impressive 10-2 win away to the same opponents.
Playing conditions were awful with a howling wind and driving rain making the pitch difficult to play on.
As the game progressed, it was apparent Fishburn thought it would be a walk in the park and in their eagerness to attack the Scholes goal, huge gaps were left in midfield, meaning the counter-attack was always on.
Chester Adamski needed to utilise his pace on a number of occasions to nullify his opposite number.
Tom Shrimpton was playing his usual mature game and was proving a good outlet when bringing the ball out from the back.
Luke Stokoe and Harry Lightwing checked the strikers no problems but were having trouble heading the ball due to the wind.
Liam Clarkson and Sam Pike were driving on from midfield and the ball was fed out wide to Nathan Storr and Harry Purves.
At times, Fishburn played some intricate football but a shot from range was needed.
Chance after chance came with Will Cork-Dove and Jordan Sneap coming close on a number of occasions. Scholes gave everything in their bid to maintain their chances of winning the league and some last-ditch defending prevented the score board ticking over. The Scholes keeper was their man of the match as he made a dozen excellent saves. The half-time whistle blew and the score was 0-0.
With the wind at their backs, Fishburn started to utilise the width of the pitch to better effect. Jack Idle was showing some good skills down the right and Spencer Hewison moved into midfield to play the anchor role.
The balance was better and seven minutes in, the deadlock was broken.
A good Fishburn move between Shrimpton, Hewison and Purves got the ball behind the defence and a good ball into the feet of Liam Clarkson gave him time to turn and shoot high into the net with his left foot.
Fishburn almost added a second immediately. Affter a good save from the keeper, the ball fell to Cork-Dove just outside the six-yard box and with the goal beckoning, he blasted over with his unfavoured right foot.
Adamski and Nathan Storr worked well to get the ball to Clarkson but after rounding the keeper he ran in to touch.
Idle’s sublime pass set Purves away for a one-on-one with the keeper but he was unable to add to the tally. The second goal was built from the keeper as Charles Brown threw the ball out to Adamski.
He came back in field and the ball found itself on the opposite side of the pitch after touches from Lightwing, Pike and Hewison.
Shrimpton beat his opposite number before an excellent pass found Purves. He spread the ball to Idle whose inch perfect cross found Sneap on the edge of the 6-yard box and he volleyed the ball home.
With the points secured and the Fishburn defence looking like they wouldn’t be breached the game ended 2-0.
Man of the match: Tom Shrimpton - composed on the ball, superb distribution turned defence into attack in the blink of an eye.