AS the sun rose above Robin Hood’s Bay on Sunday, FFC took on last season’s title rivals The Sun Inn in a stormy but awe-inspiring display.
Both sides, usually keen on trying to get the ball on the floor and play football, battled out a busy first half which FFC controlled.
Playing downhill in the first half, FFC dominated as they passed the ball well and launched attack after attack on the Sun goal.
The Sun frequently tried to stop the pressure through a number of questionable challenges leading to cards and then abuse for under-pressure referee Mike Stonehouse.
But the Dales were guilty of failing to capitalise in the final third throughout the first half and were left wondering whether they would regret their spurned opportunities.
At half-time the Bay side knew they had the ability to dominate and had to continue to believe in their ability which they did with finesse.
FFC, who are seeming to play better up the stadio del Thorpe hill, improved in the second half and after 55 minutes broke the deadlock.
A fine passing move through the cultured FFC midfield put prolific scorer Simon Forde through to curl a beautiful goal past the helpless keeper.
Five minutes later, Dan Shackleton got a deserved second when his tireless workrate paid off. Shackleton, who was subject to some questionable challenges, celebrated in style.
As the match continued, the Scarborough side’s frustration grew and the normally football-loving team were dragged down by a few players’ dangerous tackles and then verbal attacks on the referee.
This led to one Sun player being subbed and another being sent off.
Five minutes from time, captain Paddy Chandler fought for the ball in the middle of the park and then danced round a Sun player to make room for a stunning long-range effort.
The shot, which flew like a bullet into the bottom left corner, was missed by Chandler who had been floored on contact, which again drew jubilant celebrations.
Fylingdales FC 3 Sun Inn 0