16 Feb Thirsk Men 3 at Boston Spa 4
With only 12 available to travel to the grudge match with Boston Spa, Thirsk had to reorganise with Fred Hunt
moving to central defence and Jeremy Barker
into central midfield. Thirsk started positively, with a more mobile team giving the ball carrier plenty of passing options. The clumsy opposition defence gave Thirsk as series of short corners and after a scramble in the D, Michael Crampton
opened the scoring from one of those. Throughout the match, the Thirsk central defenders were able to support midfield by stepping forward to the centre of the pitch as Boston Spa defended deeper, but Thirsk were unable to convert any further chances before half time.
After the break, Thirsk improved further, with good penetration from the wide midfield including Tom Crack
and Joe Tart
, but alas no goal. During one attack, Jack Foxley
picked up the ball outside the 22, drifted past a defender into the D and hit a clean strike in off the left post for his first Thirsk Men's goal. Shortly afterwards, he repeated the trick from the left side, again taking the keeper by surprise with his strike just after reaching the D, in off the right post. Boston Spa started to flag which gave Thirsk more chances and Ben Harrison
swept a first time shot past the keeper for the fourth. Patrick Hunt
completed Thirsk's goals at another short corner when the first shot rebounded to him, and he was able to flick into an open goal.
Despite keeping control at the back for the whole game, Boston Spa were able to score a consolation when Thirsk were briefly reduced to 10 men. A superb effort from the whole team.
Final score 5-1, making it 5 wins in a row, which has taken Thirsk comfortably into mid-table.
Man of the match: Jack Foxley