Wigton went into this game in upbeat fashion having narrowly and undeservedly being on the wrong side of a 2-1 reverse scoreline the week before.
Wigton's revitalised confidence was evident within the first few minutes and they quickly settled into their stride, pass the ball around with confidence as they established themselves as the stronger of the 2 sides.
Despite the lions share of possession Wigton didn't manage to create many opportunities in the opening 20 minutes however following a Thirsk attack which was broken down, Wigton quickly countered showing the speed of their play which made them the divisions leading scorers the previous season. With the ball played through to Ebun Lennon to chase onto he was able to use his blistering pace to bear down on the keepr in a 1 on 1 situation before rifling the ball high into the top corner from the edge of the box with what was a clinical finish.
Wigton were then unlucky to not punish Thirsk further when again following some intricate passing play, Chris Lone found himself in a 1 on 1 situation however his finish didn't match that of Ebun's earlier strike as he dragged the ball wide of the post.
Wigton at this stage were in complete cruise control until an almost comical own goal opened the door for Thirsk when a dangerous cross into the Wigton area was drilled at Grimes by the recovering Trigger...The strike being of such ferocity that despite hitting Grimes squarely in that somewhat oversized granite like chin of his he was, for a moment rocked lie a boxer on the ropes and before he was able to clear his head the ball had bounced over the line. What followed however was more puzzling as Trigger then proceeded to run towards the far corner flag in prepartion of a celebratory dance...before realising he had just notched past his own keeper!
Despite this set back Wigton were quickly back into their stride and it wasn't long before they re-established the lead when Darryl curled a well hit effort into the bottom corner from outside the area.
The second half started in much the the same vein as the first with Wigton being the better team however a defensive lapse allowed Thirsk back into the game again when a poorly worked throw within the Wigton half led to possesion being conceeded and a Thirsk player curling a soft strike into Grimes bottom left corner.
Little seperated the teams after this equalising strike however Thirsk were beginning to grow in confidence and it was them who then scored the next goal, taking the lead for the first time with a carbon copy strike of the secod goal late midway through the half. Despite all Wigton's efforts an equalising goal was beyond them and when a late effort by Scott Turner came back off the post it was evident that it wasn't going to be Wigton's day.
Irrespective of the latest 2 defeats considerable improvement has been seen in the teams performance with both opposing teams admitting post games that they had been lucky to record their victories.