FYLINGDALES FC welcomed top of the league West Riding to Stadio del Thorpe following a string of narrow defeats, needing to please their demanding fans - and they were not disappointed.
With a number of players missing, Dales welcomed some new additions from the reserves who will now give manager John Mallette a welcome selection problem.
Vitally, Mark Waterfield was brought into midfield with Callum Hartley making an excellent comeback in central defence and captain Jake Faichney selflessly returning to defence, a position that is a proven winning formula.
Sam Leadley was switched to left back after an excellent performance in the cup last week.
FFC started with a controlled passing game that became their hallmark for all 90 minutes.
Playing up the hill and wasting no time, Dales centre forward Simon Forde was gifted a one-on-one opportunity after only two minutes.
Forde took the chance with trademark confidence, flicking the ball past the keeper and hammering it into the West Riding net.
Dales held a 1-0 lead for the following half an hour in an open and fair game of quality football.
Jamie Wassell pulled out a number of extraordinary saves throughout and Dales fired wide on a number of occasions but West Riding got the second of the game when a corner was met by their centre forward who headed home.
The Scarborough side were flattered by being level at this point, but a much-improved performance from FFC was clearly bringing back their confident game.
Going into the second half, Dales struck quickly again when a classy Faichney set piece was met by the head of Sam Leadley, knocking it back to Mark Waterfield who volleyed home his first senior FFC goal with pride.
Dales’ pressure mounted and the quality of the forward combination of Sam Hart and Simon Forde frustrated the West Riding defence.
This was exemplified in the 58th minute when Forde was brought down in the area and coolly slotted the finish into the bottom right corner.
At 3-1 up, Dales looked good and after missing some one-on-ones, Hart cleverly created another opportunity which was far more difficult than his previous misses but banged it home.
With his team comfortably in control, manager Mallete chose to rest McGreavy and bring on Dave Smith.
Dales’ fifth and Forde’s hat-trick came from a perfect clever through ball from Waterfield, leaving Forde to fire home past the keeper from outside the box.
West Riding took a consolation in the last minutes with an awesome diagonal shot into the far corner, but nothing could take the limelight off the Dales return to the form of the beginning of the season.
Man of the match: Simon Forde; match ball sponsor: Rob Hopper drylining
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