Heslerton under-nines twice came from behind in a pulsating Scarborough & District Minor League encounter at Scholes Park Raiders, with both defences shining in the 2-2 draw.
Having had the better of the early play Scholes Park took the lead with a crisp passing move and were unlucky not to extend it with a curling shot which hit the crossbar.
The midfield duo of Ben Flinton and Charlie Thompson dragged the away side back into the match, with the latter scoring after a mazy run.
Early in the second half a well-worked move from a throw-in then breached the Heslerton defence, but the visitors were not to be denied as Brad Spiller volleyed in from 20 yards to snatch a point.
Joint men of the match for their tireless defensive shifts were Tom Owen and Logan Craggs.
Leaders Heslerton under-15s won 5-4 at Kirkbymoorside in a thriller.
Matty Pickard opened the scoring in three minutes after Luke Smith nodded on a cross from Josh Till. Harry Walmsley put Till through to go 2-0 up.
Kirkby replied just three minutes later, but 10 minutes later Luke Smith converted to go 3-1 up.
A further two goals from Kirkby saw half-time at 3-3.
Pickard started the second half with his second goal, breaking on his own, shooting across the keeper for 4-3. Smithy cut in from the right , on his left foot, to make 5-3.
A goalmouth scramble saw the Moorsiders peg the score back to 5-4. Kirkby pressed on for the last 15 minutes but could not break down Heslerton’s solid defence.
Heslerton under-eights took an a highly-rated Burlington Jackdaws team.
However, the football played by hosts Burlington was not tidy nor impressive yet they managed to find the back of the Heslerton net frequently.
The village club’s players were not phased by these more experienced players and fought hard with Hayden Williamson and Charlie Richardson putting in a full 100 per cent shift again.
Noah Garnett is improving week by week and showing some true grit with some fine tackles and clearances.
Brandon McCann caused trouble in midfield tackling everything that came his way and earned himself the man-of-the-match award.
Jalen Welburn was ready, waiting for any opportunity to provide the visitors with an attack on the opposition’s goal but Heslerton were too busy supporting their keeper Nathan Bennison who was kept busy with the Burlington attacks, pulling off some fine saves.
Heslerton seemed to come to life in the second half with Dylan Fawcett displaying the football he is capable of, yet it was too late for the villagers and they came away exhausted but learned valuable lessons about the importance of marking and tackling.
Heslerton under-10s travelled to Scalby Stags looking for their first away points of the season, but had to twice come from two goals behind to earn a 3-3 draw.
A poor first half display allowed Scalby to go 2-0, the first an own goal when Joel Buckle headed into his own net after a Scalby corner, the second a quick counter-attack splitting the defence and a cool finish from close-range.
Heslerton finally woke up and started to create a few counter attacks of their own. Ethan Smith, Sam Booth and Tom Stockdale all going close. Heslerton finally pulled a goal back when Smith slotted from close-range.
Heslerton started the second half like the first, and allowed Scalby to score again, the defence again unable to make a tackle allowing the Scalby forward to finish past the stranded Ty Wood in goal.
Finally, Heslerton found their pass-and-move game, Booth taking advantage of Scalby freezing to score with a well-placed shot.
With five minutes to go, Heslerton pressure forced a second corner, Smith rising well in the box to level the scores, with a fine header.
More Heslerton pressure nearly found a winner, Smith taking a fine pass to break clear, only to blast his shot straight at the keeper.
It would have been a great comeback after a on the whole poor performance. Heslerton were happy to finally pick up an away point.
Heslerton under-12s suffered a 12-0 hammering at home to Kirkbymoorside.
The hosts knew they had a hard game ahead as the visitors are top of the league having won all their games this season, but Heslerton never gave up battling and heads were held high throughout.
Credit must go to Abbie Fredrickson pulling off some great saves to keep the score down, but the man-of-the-match award was given to the full team for their battling and never-say-die spirit.