FYLINGDALES FC were knocked out of a cup for the second time in a week - and had a defender knocked out - but those left standing could stand proud.
It was a tall order as ‘Dales faced Trafalgar, a team which has lost only once in five years, in the Kenward Cup.
Dales went into the game without a number of regular faces but with the squad made up of 13 out of 14 Robin Hood’s Bay locals, the strength and determination was clear.
The visitors feared the worst when after two minutes a loose clearance was struck by the Trafalgar no 11 from the centre of the half and screamed past the keeper.
Despite this, ‘Dales grew, being stronger, louder and creating more chances. One of many excellent Agar corners was met by the head of Jake Faichney and his effort struck the woodwork.
‘Dales pressed, inspired by a typically awe-inspiring Faichney performance in centre midfield.
Half-time gave rest and motivational words from commanders Tommy Pearson and John Mallette. No changes to the 4-5-1 new formation or playing staff were needed as the starts for Mark Brennan (left back) and Andy McGreavy (striker) were going brilliantly.
Faichney, for the second week running, attempted a shot from kick off which just missed, being tipped over by the rattled keeper.
FFC pressed hard in the second half with a great shift put in by all players. Stones on the right shone and was involved in many attacks.
On 75 minutes, a home attack led to one of the match talking points. A long ball in was seen by the focused dales keeper Neil Blindmon and the Brennan who collided. Attempting to punch, Blindmon struck the ball and Brennan while being flattened by the power of the left back.
Brennan was knocked out but rose and tried to play on but had to be replaced by Mark Parry due to concussion. Blindmon finished the game with two broken ribs and is out for the next few weeks.
FFC battled on and were unlucky with two free-kicks but as they pushed, Trafalgar capitalised and made the game safe at 2-0 despite looking offside.
‘Dales battled on for the final five minutes but could not break down the defence. A brave and unlucky Bay side must now focus on their excellent league form as they have little to fear from division one.
This Sunday, FFC play a friendly against York side Stillington FC, run by ex-Dales legend Richie Coultas.
Man of the match: Jake Faichney; match ball sponsor: Rob Hopper Drylining.
Trafalgar 2 Fylingdales FC 0