Yorkshire Amateur who were promoted from the NCEL Division One last season as runners up have had a great start to life in the Premier Division. Picking up seven points from their first 4 games, they had a tough game in prospect yesterday facing last seasons’ 7th placed Penistone Church.
The game finished 2-2 and once again it was the Amateur’s talisman Ashley Flynn who bagged two goals. The goals from Penistone came from Kieran Ryan and Sam Scrivens.
Yorkshire Amateur led the game 2-0 with just over 30 minutes to play. Flynn scoring in the 21st and 55th minutes respectively. Penistone didn’t lie down there though and fought back to earn a draw. Two goals, five second half minutes between them secured a draw for the away side. The first coming in the 73rd minute for Kieran Ryan, and the second 78th minute from Sam Scrivens.
Yorkshire Amateur Manager Neil Sibson shared his views on the game, “Today we welcomed Penistone Church, and after watching them play midweek we knew we were in for a tough afternoon. They have a very good, experienced side and their top three are a handful who will cause many teams problems.
“However I’m a little frustrated not to have come away with the three points after today’s performance especially in the first half when really we should be coming into the interval with a decent lead.
“A couple of great stops from their keeper, combined with us hitting the post and a couple of near misses prevented the game being over at half time.
“Penistone had to come up with a reaction and combined with us not clearing our lines properly they capitalised and brought the score level. Credit to them as they kept at it and started to cause us one or two problems but we had a good talk after the game and we identified the problem so hopefully we will be slightly better in dealing with the situation if it arises again.”
“Overall I’m very happy, since our opening game of the season we are unbeaten taking seven points from a possible nine with two wins and a draw. So we are improving and the lads are buying into how we want them to play. We move on to Tuesday which will be another tough game for us with a visit to one of the title favourites in Handsworth.”
Whilst Penistone Church’s manager Ian Richards said, “Quality character, resilience and spirit by the players to react to going two nil down against a very good Yorkshire Amateurs side who were very threatening going forward.
“We never executed the game plan first half and let them get on top of the game. A lesser group of players would have crumbled but these lads are a special group who give everything for each other and the football club and defended the pressure well.
“This was except for the penalty where we got too tight to Flynn in the box and he played for the penalty and got his reward. This was no surprise as the officials were poor all afternoon and gave very strange decisions throughout.
“Ending the game when the ball was not in play as we were about to take a corner – frustrating. Half time we made it clear to the players what we needed to do better to get into the game and the players’ reaction was first class.
“We starting to ask questions of their back 4 that we didn’t first half and created chances from get our attacking players higher up the pitch and pushing their back four 20-25 yards further back. Kieran Ryan finished well for the first and Sam Scrivens produced great movement and perseverance for the 2nd.
“Yorkshire Amateurs will be very annoyed not to get 3 points but if the game had continued another 5 minutes I think there was only one team going to win it and that was us. In the long run I think this is a very valuable point as Yorkshire Amateurs will beat a lot of teams at home.”