TEESSIDE & BECKETT LEAGUE: Park battle back to grab 3-3 draw
Fishburn Park battled back to earn a point away away to Redcar Town in the Teesside League.
Park travelled without James Organ-Simpson, Jake Faichney, keeper Kieran Noble, Nath Smurthwaite, outfield player Mark Waterfield donning the gloves in Noble’s absence.
Redcar took the lead in the first minute when their striker beat a couple of challenges and rolled past Waterfield.
Redcar extended their lead when Waterfield’s punch failed to clear the box and was headed up and over everyone and into the empty net for 2-0 before the break.
Park started the second half in more positive fashion, Dom Wilson grazing the bar with an effort from distance.
Despite starting well, Park then fell further behind with a long-range effort making it 3-0.
With just over an hour gone and with Park looking beaten, Nathan Storr was introduced with Richardson dropping into midfield.
This seemed to turn the game and Nathan Storr grabbed a goal back with splendid footwork and a tidy finish just inside the box to give Park a glimpse of hope after 72 minutes.
Three minutes later Park were right back in it.
Wilson’s powerful shot across the keeper and into the far corner set up a frantic final 15 minutes at 3-2.
Redcar, who had looked comfortable, were now on the ropes and Park sensed this and went on the front foot.
Brown then showed strength and beat his marker before taking it round the last defender, who brought him down just inside the box and Park were awarded a penalty.
Alex McGovern stepped up and showed real composure to excellently dispatch the spot kick after 82 minutes.
Park pushed for a winner, but in the dying seconds stand-in keeper Waterfield was the hero.
A scramble just inside the area fell to a Redcar forward, who blasted a point-blank effort in on goal, but Waterfield turned it up and over the bar to earn his side the point.
Stand-in joint boss Steve Mothersdale said: “This was a great point after we fell 3-0 behind.
“The first 45 minutes was probably worst I’ve seen since I came last summer.
“We were flat and not doing the basics. We had strong words at half-time and we the reaction we wanted.
“When we fell 3-0 down after improving after the break, you start to accept it’s one of those days, but credit to the lads and Nathan Storr, who got us a lifeline with a great finish soon after coming on.
“We showed great character and got back in it.
“Sam Richardson had a good game, battled away and got us going and was man of the match.
“Waterfield deserves credit for standing in for Noble and his save at the end.”
Staithes suffered a disappointing 4-3 defeat at second-bottom Billingham Town Reserves, but felt they should’ve secured a point after having a late goal disallowed.
The away side were poor in the first balf and trailed 4-0 at the break.
They got themselves going after half-time and dragged themselves back into it at 4-3 with 20 minutes still left on the clock, James Armstrong hitting a brace and Isaac Hart finding the back of the net.
Staithes thought they’d completed a stunning comeback when centre-back Gary Sivills headed in, but their celebrations were cut short after the referee blew up for a foul.
The away side’s star man was Armstrong.
Match of the Day in the second division of the Beckett League was at Lealholm, who entertained Rosedale.
With second at home to the current leaders, a very closely contested local derby ended goalless, both sides having strong penalty appeals turned down.
Both teams also missed good chances in a very entertaining game.
Lealholm’s man of the match was Zac Tennant playing at centre-back.