A DEPLETED Fylingdales side saw their 100 per cent record come to an end as they lost out to Othello second division promotion rivals Shakespeare by a 5-3 scoreline.
It was something of a comedy of errors in front of goal in the first half as both sides contrived to miss a hatfull of chances.
‘Dales boss John Mallette was left frustrated on the sideline as his charges failed to take advantage of three one on one opportunities.
The home side were made to pay for their profligacy just moments before half-time when Shakespeare struck to take a slender lead into the interval.
Mallette’s men hit back immediately after the re-start when the in-form Simon Forde slotted the ball home.
Shakespeare were back in front soon afterwards but ‘Dales matched their visitors measure for measure and it was was 2-2 when Forde fired home his second of the game.
The away side began to take control of proceedings and added three goals without reply and although Barry Heyes netted a consolation strike late on it proved to be much ado about nothing as the game was already over as a contest.
Two-goal striker Forde was ‘Dales’ man of the match for the third game in succession.
Boss Mallette said: “We had quite a few players missing and we had to draft in a number of lads who haven’t played much football this season.
“However, to be truthful we were outplayed for large parts of the game. Shakespeare are a very good side and they created a lot of chances over the 90 minutes.
“Having said that, we really should have been 3-1 up by half-time and although I’m not saying we would have gone on to win the game, I think that the one on ones that we missed in the first half have ended up costing us.”