Richmond trip reaps rewards

FISHBURN Park under 10s made the long journey over to Richmond and came away with a well-deserved win.

From kick-off, it was clear the home team had set their stall out for a 0-0 with the defence packed out and not much to offer going forward.

Park played their usual passing game though and carved out plenty of chances throughout the first half with Fergus and Swales out wide posing the defence all sorts of problems.

There was a succession of corners for Park as Richmond made last-ditch blocks from the Park attacks.

Ward-Hepburn nearlly broke the resistance with a well-struck shot, but the impressive keeper made a fantastic fingertip save to deny him.

Dale also struck a sweet shot from distance which just sailed over the bar and Gibson was particularly unlucky not to turn one in from close range when the ball bobbled awkwardly inside the box.

Richmond had one or two runs at the defence from deep, but Sault tracked back superbly and Dale snuffed out the loose balls with ease.

Bannister and Hansell came on at half-time and both looked hungry to make the difference. Bannister had a great chance to put Park ahead from a Fergus through ball but again the keeper just did enough to put him off.

The Park midfield was now in full flow and were not to be denied and a driving run from Sault resulted in a fine strike to find the corner for 1-0.

Not long after, Hansell surged forward and after some neat passing with Bannister the ball was fired in to the back post for Fergus with a superb diving header to finish the game off in style.

Man of the match: Jack Sault - great desire throughout.

Richmond Town U10s B 0 Fishburn Park U10s A 2

PARK under 10s extended their unbeaten run to seven games with a solid performance against a strong Great Ayton side.

The first half saw Park get off to a slow start by the recent high standards and they had in-form keeper Matty Tiplady to thank on more than one occasion as he pulled off some superb saves to keep the score at 0-0.

The second half subs did the trick for Park though as we got back to playing football.

Slick passing and plenty more energy ensured the game turned in our favour and was more like what we are used to seeing over recent weeks.

The pacy Hambley set up the first goal for Clennan to set us on our way.

Further goals were added by Portwine and Warrilow to confirm a comfortable win in the end and keep up the promotion charge.

Man of the match: Matty Tiplady – quality first half saves.

Fishburn Park B U10s 3 Great Ayton U10s 0