Ten out of ten for below-par Park

Champion Fishburn Park under 16s rounded off their league season with a 7-3 victory against Kirkbymoorside to make it 10 wins out of 10.

With their keeper crying off, Kirkby started the game with only nine men and within three minutes they were ahead.

A breakaway saw them ease past the Park defence and a marauding midfielder neatly tucked it home, giving keeper Dan Jinks no chance.

The home side were struggling to string their passes together, insisting on trying to bulldoze their way through the middle rather than using the flanks. But on 11 minutes they found themselves level when a great ball by Sammy Whitehead found Brad Lewis and he surged forward to blast past the keeper.

With Kirkby really up for the challenge they more than matched their foes but found themselves behind on 28 minutes when a great little flick through by Liam Clarkson found the returning Sam Pike who beat the defenders and expertly placed his effort into the bottom left hand corner.

As the players trooped off, Kirkby had a man sent off after mouthing off at the referee so they were down to only eight men.

But they were the team really up for it and equalised 11 minutes in when some slack defending saw them poke the ball him from close range.

By this stage, it was Kirkby all over Park, making a mockery of having three men less.

But Pike put the greens ahead once again on 61 minutes with a fine strike and two minutes later Lewis used his strength to force his way into the box and fired home off the foot of the post.

Five minutes later it was 5-2 when Clarkson neatly tucked home at the near post and Lewis completed his hat-trick a minute later with a rocket from outside the area.

But Kirkby never gave up and their striker, who was a handful the whole game, lobbed Jinks from 30 yards for the goal of the game. Park surged forward again and Pike shook off three fouls before crossing for Clarkson to tap home to round off the scoring.

Despite what the scoreline would suggest, it was a far from vintage performance from Park and they were outplayed by Kirkby for periods of the game.

They’ll need to up their game for the two cup finals in the coming weeks – the first against York side Brooklyn to be played at the Turnbull and then against Scarborough rivals Scholes Park at Bridlington.

Man of the match: Thanks to their efforts all season, they all deserve a mention - Dan Jinks, Harry Lightwing, Jay Stonehouse, Luke Stokoe, Harry Purves, Brad Lewis, Sam Whitehead, Sam Pike, Spencer Hewison, Jack Idle, Tom Shrimpton, Billy Graham, Liam Clarkson, Ben Pike and Luke Beever, plus manager Dave Pike and assistant manager Paul Hewison for their efforts and patience.