York school boys u13 started the 2016/17 season with a friendly against East Riding schools. With a scattering of new players in the squad and the move up to eleven a side this game was always going to be a challenging opening game for the York schoolboys.
The city boys started on the front foot playing with the wind at their backs, five minutes gone Elliott Rayner received a ball from Will Hollings wide on the right wing he put in a cross that Elliot Heath did amazingly well to get his head to, just going over.
East Riding playing with five in midfield kept the York midfield busy but Will Hollings was having a fine game in the centre of the park. Yorks forward pairing of Ben Thornton and Elliot Heath were causing the Ridings defence problems every time they got on the ball, so it was no surprise when Heath beat the Ridings fullback and shot low into the far corner for York to go one up after fifteen minutes.
York were now on top and were playing the classier football, and where looking to use the full width of the pitch so from a move wide right Harry Tinker put in a cross that had everyone beat except Lewis Humphreys who in turning the ball into the net collided with the upright leaving him and the ball resting in the back of the away teams’ goal 2-0.
East Riding try as they might couldn’t break down the home teams defence, Joe Roughley and Dan Tingle mopping up anything the away team could throw at them with a layer of confidence that this early on in the season bodes well for the city boys with Todd Edgar not really being tested in goal.
Taylor Bell was twisting and turning the East Ridings full back inside out, from one of these amazing runs York got a corner that Harry Tinker took, both teams got their heads to the ball but no one could get a good contact until the ball fell to Heath who turned and hit a point blank shot into the roof of the net leaving the keeper no chance 3-0.
Five minutes later and Heath had his hat trick, Oliver Kilvington found Elliott Rayner who hit a cross field ball into the path of Heath who was clean through with a one on one with the keeper. Before the keeper could set himself Heath had his shot away and made no mistake with a clinical finish 4-0. Half time couldn’t come quick enough for the away side giving them chance to regroup.
Second half and Ridings came out fighting looking to get something out of the game, but as the first half had gone Ridings just couldn’t break down the home teams defence with Ben Pearson having a fine debut at right back and George Turbine having his usual solid game on the left battling for everything.
Ben Hudson was back to his best at the centre of defence looking to take the ball out of defence into midfield with an air of authority that spread throughout the whole team. Jackson Cowl worked tirelessly in midfield to keep the away team at bay who midway through the second half were now having their best spell but still not really testing the home sides goal. Toby Warren in goal dealing with everything that came his way with ease.
York with the wind against them and East Riding still up for the fight were still playing the better football and when Humphreys put Ben Thornton through on goal with a ball he’d been waiting for all game he bent the ball round the keeper with power and accuracy from the edge of the box that left the keeper no chance 5-0.
With Ten minutes to go York break down the right wing with Jackson Cowl who plays a neat pass into Humphreys he in turn plays in Thornton at the edge of the box who again finishes in style without a doubt the move of the match 6-0.
York schoolboys will definitely have sterner tests ahead of them but for their opening game this was a great start and a well deserved win.