FYLINGDALES FC took on new Sunday League division three side Manor in the Kenward Cup on a blustery morning at Stadio del Thorpe - but it was the performance not the weather that should have carried a warning as the Bay side shone.
FFC had a full squad to pick from that included local Whitby Town talent Jake Faichney, who has had limited opportunities for the Town but is still their joint top-scorer.
Whitby’s loss was Fylingdales’ gain as the returning star ran the show. Dales’ management staff led by hotshot postie Tommy Pearson astutely played striker Jake at centre back, safe in the knowledge that he would run the game from there and this turned out to be a masterstroke.
The young side from Scarborough showed occassional potential but it took FFC no time before they were on the scoresheet.
Excellent play by returning sicknote Barry Heyes created a one-on-one for top scorer Simon Forde who coolly slotted the ball home.
FFC created a lot and maintained their passing style despite the gale force weather and second to score was Jamie Agar, with a perfect curling free-kick from his favoured slick left foot.
An unstoppable Faichney - who has since signed for Stokesley - run from the heart of defence resulted in a pinpoint cross just before half-time where Simnon Forde was there again with a bullet header past the helpless Manor keeper.
The half-time team talk from Pearson and Mallete further lifted the buoyant mood of the FFC team, who were spurred on by a friendly but noisy following of locals huddled together in the warmth of the west stand.
Dales continued to pressure and a stunning passing move involving eight of the FFC team and finishing with a typically unstoppable Faichney thunderbolt making the game 4-0.
Credit must be given to Manor who maintained their composure and effort and created a handful of chances in the second half.
Indeed, if it wasn’t for the safe hands of Neil Blindmon in the FFC goal, there would have been no clean sheet.
Dale’s fifth came from Forde as he danced round the Manor defence before unleashing a great left foot shot into the top corner.
His left foot, right foot, header hat-trick showed nothing can keep him down.
In the last half an hour, the improving McGreavy and the burgeoning talent that is Davide Castro were brought on and Manor could not cope. McGreavy narrowly missed with a slice from the edge of the area and Castro hassled and created with skill, leaving Agar to finish the game 6-0 with a long range effort.
FFC love the cup and joke that in the unlikely event they are not seeded into the top half of the next cup draw, they could meet Whitby Wanderers in the next round.
This Sunday, FFC play Seamer at Stadio del Thorpe and all are encouraged to support their local team, 10.30am kick-off.
Man of the match: Simon Forde; match ball sponsors: Rob Hopper Drylining
Fylingdales FC 6 Manor 0