1 Dec Thirsk Men 3 vs Boston Spa 3
Introducing Ben Scaling to the team gave Thirsk both a solidity and dynamism at the back, from which the centre midfield pair of George Hunt and Sam Kelly were able to build regular pressure on the Boston Spa team, both through individual skills and working with wider players Jeremy Barker and Jack Foxley, as well as the forwards, for whom Connor Wilkinson had his best game of the season. George scored a great individual goal early on taking the ball past a series of opposition before slotting home confidently, and Thirsk continued to play their best hockey of the season, punctuated by a yellow card for George Hunt, reacting vociferously to being taken out repeatedly. Restored to 11 players, Patrick Hunt scored the second when Joe Tart's shot rebounded off the keeper allowing a sharply taken flick before the defence could react. Overall the best half of the season so far for Thirsk.
The second half started badly for Thirsk with an early goal for BS, but Thirsk continued its confident possession and pressure despite the unsavoury and unacceptable behaviour from Boston Spa. Unfortunately Thirsk were unable to survive the constant verbal and physical intimidation, resulting in 3 further cards, and an equaliser for BS. Playing with 10 men for the last 10 minutes, Thirsk regained composure, possession and threatened to regain the lead with several close chances saved or just wide.
Better skills and great teamwork in the face of opposition determined to win by unacceptable means. Self control is a tough pill for many to learn, but that is what the opposition targeted.
Final score: 2-2
Man of Match: Ben Scaling