Ten-man Town pegged back in 10-goal thriller

Pickering Town under-13s
Pickering Town under-13s

Pickering Town under-13s earned a 5-5 York Minor League draw at Bishopthorpe White Rose, despite only having 10 players due to illness.

The Pikes got off to the best possible start with a goal after just 18 seconds, Thomas Richardson finishing well after being supplied by Luke Balderson.

Town had to weather a storm as the home team tried to make their numerical advantage count and held out until the 15th minute before Bishopthorpe forced an equaliser.

Balderson then struck the first of his two goals to restore the lead and on the stroke of half-time he was brought down in the box to win a penalty, which Josh Wade calmly put away to score his first goal for the Pikes.

A Bishopthorpe free-kick reduced the lead again to leave Pickering 3-2 up at half-time.

In this end-to-end game Richardson struck his second goal of the game, giving the tiring Pikes a glimpse of an unlikely victory.

With Bishopthorpe introducing fresh legs and the heavy pitch telling on the 10 men of Pickering they were unable to hold onto the lead as Bishopthorpe hit back to make it 4-4.

Richardson was denied his hat-trick by the thickness of the crossbar when he spotted the Bishopthorpe keeper off his line and his lob from the edge of the centre circle bounced agonisingly onto the crossbar and over with the keeper well beaten.

The Pikes were still not finished as a fine solo effort from Balderson put them back in the lead.

Again Bishopthorpe hit back almost immediately to level the scores at 5-5 with several minutes left on the clock.

This was a tremendous team effort from the depleted Pikes, who held on for a well-deserved draw.

Pickering Town under-11s beat Goldsborough 5-1 in the Scarborough Minor League, Jordan Anderson opening the scoring for Town after five minutes with a tap-in.

Goldsborough levelled two minutes later when Town switched off and were caught on the counter-attack.

Despite most of the possession and good approach play it took until a minute before the break for Town to restore their advantage when Jack Balderson pounced to fire in from close-range.

Town upped their game after the break and Anderson added a third midway through the half with a fine strike on the turn.

Matty Nicholson added a fourth goal with a fine solo effort before Town’s man of the match Balderson completed the scoring late on diverting a Harry Coldbeck goalbound effort past the keeper.

Josh Peel bagged all three goals as Thornton Dale under-13s beat FC Seamer 3-0 in a comfortable home victory.

Peel, who came on for the injured Sam Batty midway through the first half, made an immediate impact, only to hit the side netting.

Dale took control of the game with much of the possession and their persistence paid off when Peel latched on to a cross from James Mudd to head in the first.

After the break the home side had plenty more chances including a missed penalty, however Seamer couldn’t convert their chances. and two more goals from Peel sealed the victory for the hosts.