Harrogate and Craven Schools U-12s returned to winning ways with a comprehensive 6-3 victory over Barnsley Schools FA at Green Hammerton.
The hosts got off to a perfect start when on-form Josh Wicks scored his seventh goal of the season after collecting Jorge Sikora’s perfectly timed through ball.
Harrogate maintained momentum and when Jack Parkinson slid in to convert Matthew Everstead’s cross on 11 minutes, the boys could have been forgiven for thinking it was all going to be one-way traffic.
Little did they know that their early dominance was to be reversed in a frantic 10-minute spell where Barnsley would score three unanswered goals resulting from avoidable defensive blunders.
Harrogate’s strength this season has been their ability to lift themselves after falling behind
And when Wicks and Jamira Adams pulled two goals back before the break, it was clear the boys had recovered from their early lapse in concentration and discipline.
Despite being only a single goal behind, the visitors struggled to get back into the game after the interval as Harrogate dominated possession deep in their opponents half.
Ewan Findlay came close to notching his first goal of the season but was denied courtesy of some desperate defending.
The game was finally settled with two goals from Sikora.
The first came after Adams’s shot rebounded off the post and the second was a fine individual effort moments before the final whistle.
The boys face their toughest test of the season next week as they face a very strong Sheffield Schoolboys team.
Harrogate Town U-17s blazed into the U-17s Challenge Cup semi-finals with a 3-1 win over Gipton.
Sam Webb got the opener in the 16th minute after good pressure from Town, before Josh Plant doubled their advantage six minutes later from a Lewis Riley corner.
Town made it 3-0 just before the break when Plant chipped the goalkeeper for their third of the afternoon.
Gipton pulled one back early in the second half but Town saw out the remainder of the contest to secure their place in the semi-final.
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