YORK & District Schoolboys Under-14s put in one of their best all-round performances this season as they beat Barnsley 2-0 in their latest outing.

A goalless first half was followed by strikes from Tom Algar and Joe Sidebottom while the hosts' defence and midfield maintained organisation to frustrate their visitors.

York began the brighter of the sides, pressing with intent from the front as striker Sidebottom worked hard to close down the Barnsley defence.

Meanwhile, the hard-working midfield kept a tight ship and, when Barnsley did make their breaks, these were quickly dealt with by the sharp and confident goalkeeping of Louis Powell, and York’s solid defence made life difficult for the visiting strikers, with good defending from set-pieces.

The hosts eventually broke the deadlock 15 minutes into the second half as a well-taken Mattie Dawes free kick found its way through the Barnsley defence and was met by Algar, who smashed home from inside the six-yard box.

Will Hotson was pivotal in maintaining York's lead when he headed off the line as Barnsley came into the ascendancy, but York settled the tie quarter of an hour from time as man-of-the-match Sidebottom finished off a well-worked move.

James Rennocks and Arthur Jefferson-Hallett scored twice each as York Schoolboys U12s enjoyed a 6-2 thumping of East Riding, with Alex Widdup and Kiam Browne also on target.

York were caught early on and found themselves behind after just two minutes when a right-wing cross eluded the defence, but they came back into the contest, with Rennocks dribbling through the defence before converting a low drive.

York took the lead in the end-to-end game on 20 minutes as Jefferson-Hallett showed great footwork to send his marker one way then the other before firing home, to the keeper’s right.

East Riding caught York out soon after half-time, winning the ball on halfway, breaking quickly and equalising at the second attempt.

But on 40 minutes, York regained the lead as man-of-the-match Rennocks headed in bravely at the far post from Jefferson-Hallett's deep cross and, two minutes on, the roles were reversed as Rennocks laid on for Jefferson-Hallett to slot home.

East Riding were still in the game, but York pushed home their advantage in the final 10 minutes with Browne coolly slotted home for a fifth and Widdup running from the halfway line to cheekily chip the advancing keeper.