County Cup success for Year 11s

DYKE HOUSE College’s Year 11s bounced back from Town Cup disappointment by landing the Cleveland County Cup.


DYKE HOUSE College’s Year 11s bounced back from Town Cup disappointment by landing the Cleveland Green Howards' County Cup.

After a frustratingly close defeat to Manor at Victoria Park, Dyke House picked themselves up last Friday against Nunthorpe at Rockliffe Hall.

After early chances for both teams and a good save from Tom Oliver in goal, Nunthorpe took the lead after an excellent counter attack.

Dyke House reorganised in the second half and again made a good start with an excellent chance falling to David Webb only for the keeper to make an excellent save.

Nunthorpe came back strong and would have doubled the lead if it hadn't been for a phenomenal goal line clearance from Drew Wood.

Eventually, with Dyke House pushing forward, Nunthorpe did double their lead with a similar goal to the first half.

But Dyke House rallied. A change in formation led to some chances falling thick and fast and, after Reece Bailey had one saved, and Cameron Painter had hit the post, Dyke House finally found the breakthrough with a 25 yard left footed thunder bolt from Robert Foster-Topping.

That gave Dyke House the momentum and pressed hard for the remaining ten minutes.

Painter had another half chance well saved from the keeper and eventually the equaliser arrived when a long ball was flicked on. Foster-Topping was the hero finishing in style into the bottom corner in the dying seconds.

In extra-time there only seemed to be one winner as Dyke House aimed to take advantage of the momentum shift.

Another long ball forward set Foster-Topping away and, after tussling with the defender, he forced the Nunthorpe centre-half into a mistake, heading the ball into his own net.

Dyke House, coached by an extremely proud Mr Joe Palmer, kept their composure and closed the game out to complete a fantastic 3-2 victory.