15 Dec Thirsk Men 3 vs City of York 9
Despite polite enquiries from York, the pitch was playable and the more extreme weather had not arrived. Thirsk enjoyed some early pressure using pace and space, but the defence were finding it hard to clear the ball from 16s. York set a high press which was picking up Thirsk clearances, when Thirsk tried a direct route, and were tackling effectively if Thirsk tried to run the ball out, but even using lateral passes Thirsk were still finding it hard to break free. When York attacked from deep, Thirsk were caught out as its defence stepped forward to pick up opposition midfielders, leaving York space behind to attack the D, outnumbering the defenders. This routine was effective 3 times without answer. Approaching half time, Thirsk finally broke quickly with Owen Williams finding Sam Kelly in midfield, switched to Patrick Hunt on the left, quickly up the line to Connor Wilkinson, who showed his marker a couple of tricks, releasing Hunt again to squeeze the ball under the diving keeper.
With some of the problems identified at half time, Thirsk adjusted in the second half with Arthur marking the opposition centre midfield, leaving Ian Foxley more time to develop attacks. Thirsk were now the dominant team, and during a quick break found Ollie Dale alone on the 22, who controlled the ball and found Ian running in to the D to beat the keeper with a clinical shot. Shortly afterwards, Thirsk equalised with a similar move, but this time Andy Young was the player to benefit. Thirsk looked the more likely to snatch a winner with several players going close, but York managed to take advantage from a quickly taken long corner to score before the defence had reorganised. Despite further pressure, Thirsk were unable to convert their chances.
Final score - Thirsk 3 York 4
Man of match - Ollie Dale
Thanks to Connor for leaving his xbox behind and to everyone for working hard in cold cold conditions.