York Schoolboys reacted magnificently to yesterday’s opening unfortunate defeat with a resounding 6-0 victory against highly rated Potters Bar.
After much talk before the game of how Potters Bar had beaten local Yorkshire rivals 2-0 the previous day York showed no fear, taking the game to their opponents right from the first whistle.
After 5 minutes a fantastic pin point delivery from a corner by Dom Jackson was met powerfully by Lucas Wilson to give York an early lead. Moments later a sweeping move down the left hand side, started by Jake Rhodes, saw Oli Smith combine with Dom Jackson whose powerful shot was tipped onto the post by the keeper. The second goal arrived on the ten minute mark Joe Crosby unlocking the Potters Bar defence and when his shot was blocked by the keeper it fortunately deflected off the centre backs face and rolled into an empty net. Potters Bar started to show glimpses of how they had beaten Leeds when their highly rated Tottenham academy forward weaved his way through on goal only to be thwarted by the excellent Lucas Wilson.
Before the break York made it 3-0 when Robbie Simpson’s superb delivery from the left was helped into the net by Dom Jackson. York continued to press with Rhodes trying several long shots which went agonisingly close.
With a strong wind spectators may have thought that advantage may have now gone to Potters Bar but York continued where they left off in the first half. Charlie Cresswell and Dan Allinson were now dominating the midfield assisted by the industrious Charlie Ward. On 40 minutes Joe Crosby got his well-deserved first and York’s fourth, rapidly racing onto a through ball by Lucas Wilson and lobbing the keeper. A minute later Dom Jackson’s free kick was dispatched in off the bar with Cresswell, the unluckiest player not to score, having previously had his brave header cleared off the line. Charlie Jebson-King then added the icing on the cake scoring York’s sixth and arguably best goal. He beat the offside trap and carried the ball into the area before poking the ball past the keeper when seemingly off balance.
Aaron Burn, quiet all game pulled off a save at the end to keep a clean sheet while confident performances from Jamie Higginbotham, Jack Boyes, Nick Hutton and James Hanson helped continue York’s momentum and keep Potters Bar quiet.
A fantastic win and reaction from the lads was met by scenes of jubilation on the team bus.
The fatigued team coach Brendan Qualter said ‘Alongside our 4-3 victory at Leeds that was our best performance of the season. Everyone contributed and it was an outstanding squad effort.’