3 Nov Thirsk Men 3 vs City of York 8
Thirsk quickly found themselves on the back foot against a strong York team, who also had a mix of old and young. Thirsk were being over-run in midfield, allowing their midfield to pick out easy passes to their strikers, as even Ian Foxley
's work-rate could not cover the whole pitch. Despite excellent work from Michaels D'Arcy and Crampton in central defence, York's almost continual pressure eventually paid off with 2 goals in quick succession and a danger that Thirsk's heads could drop.
However, approaching half time, a Tom Crack
shot was stopped by the York defence who generously passed to Patrick Hunt
at the top of the D, whose quick response beat the keeper.
The second half started well for Thirsk, with midfield playing deeper to slow down the York attacks, although that did leave the attack a little isolated at time. A short corner was won with Ian Foxley
stopping, then drifting in to the D and scoring as the York defence failed to put him under any pressure.
Unfortunately, the equaliser seemed to wake York up, and Thirsk struggled to cope effectively as the game continued. Fred Hunt
made some good runs and interceptions from right back, and the team continued to work hard, but Andy Watson
in goal was unable to deal with a couple of goal mouth scrambles, despite some good saves.
Final score 2-5.
Man of the match: Michael D'Arcy