Faichney fires four as Sleights go goal crazy

Justin Bray from the First In Last out (centre) presents strips to Sleights 1sts manager Jim Howard (left) and Sleights Reserves' boss Rob Ingham 'picture: Alan Wastell
Justin Bray from the First In Last out (centre) presents strips to Sleights 1sts manager Jim Howard (left) and Sleights Reserves' boss Rob Ingham 'picture: Alan Wastell
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Sleights continued their 100% start to the season with a 10-0 Junior Cup victory over Beckett League Settrington on Saturday.

Former Whitby Town striker Jake Faichney was the star with four goals in 13 minutes, early on. Faichney turned on the edge of the visitors’ box before firing home a low angled drive, with fifteen minutes gone.

Sleights' Marc Kipling (left) and Ben Watson put the Settrington keeper under pressure in Saturday's 10-0 win'picture: Alan Wastell

Sleights' Marc Kipling (left) and Ben Watson put the Settrington keeper under pressure in Saturday's 10-0 win'picture: Alan Wastell

He then stroked in Ben Watson’s low left-wing cross point-blank and added a quickfire third after a strong solo run.

The 25-year-old slammed in his fourth before the half-hour and turned provider seconds before half-time, turning Joe Leadley’s emphatic header into Watson’s path for 5-0.

The second half saw Watson quickly notch and lively left-back Simon Taylor make it seven, before Mark McCarthy fired home and Watson completed his hat-trick with a deft lob.

James Fawcett put the icing on the cake late on as the Scarborough League Division Two leaders comfortably saw off their Ryedale opposition.

Mike Brennan competes in the air for Sleights Reserves (blue and white) with Lee Graham (left) preparing to follow-up'picture: Alan Wastell

Mike Brennan competes in the air for Sleights Reserves (blue and white) with Lee Graham (left) preparing to follow-up'picture: Alan Wastell

Sleights player-manager James Howard told the Whitby Gazette it was: “a comfortable win made easy by our ability to keep pressing throughout the game.”

“All good teams are ruthless”, he added.

“We showed no mercy in our pursuit of victory. It will give us good confidence for our next league game.”

Sleights travel to Newlands Park Reserves this Saturday with a 2pm kick-off.

Sleights: Fish, Asbury (Roe 45), S Leadley, Davies, Locker, Taylor, J Leadley, McCarthy (Kipling 68), Fawcett, Watson, Faichney (Martin 45).

Man of the match: James Fawcett; matchball sponsor: Cowen Windows Ltd.

Sleights Reserves 2

Seamer Reserves 0

Rob Ingham’s men enjoyed their third successive victory – a 2-0 home win against a depleted Seamer Reserves.

After a first period where the Sleights’ second string dominated but missed two great chances and were continually thwarted by the linesman’s flag.

Mike Brennan opened the scoring five minutes into the second half with a header.

It was the resurgent Brennan’s fourth goal in two games.

James Greenwood and Matty Morris both had chances to level the scores but were denied by Jamie Wassall.

These stops proved vital as Sleights made sure of the win five minutes from time thanks to a powerful 25-yard shot from Brennan’s brother Lee.

Left-back Stu Hancock was named as the Sleights man of the match for a solid performance at left-back.

Player-boss Ingham said he was: “Very happy with my team, after a difficult start to the season. We are now settled and putting in some good performances.

“We dominated from start to finish and the score somewhat flattered our opponents.”

Sleights Reserves: Wassall, Hale, Graham, Fletcher, Hancock (Niel 78), Trotter (Belchamber 60), Wiggins, M Brennan, Leeman, Ingham (M Jeffrey 70), L Brennan.

Fishermen’s staged a momentous comeback after going 2-0 down at home to Falsgrave in division one of the Saturday League.

Whitby pulled a goal back from the penalty spot a minute into the second half before the away side restored their two-goal lead.

Fishermen’s struck twice to bring the scores back to 3-3, but the visitors refused to panic as two more goals won them the game in an eight-goal thriller.