FFC edge out Wanderers in derby

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Fylingdales FC registered their first win of 2015 in their Sunday League derby clash with Whitby Wanderers.

Manager John Cuffling rang in a host of changes which seemed to revitalise Dales as they started at lightening pace, scoring within 30 seconds after just five passes from the kick off.

Heyes rolled the ball back to Faichney in midfield who played it back to Peel at full back before receiving the ball back further forward in the centre. Faichney then fed a fine pass down the right to Hodgson who beat his man and swung a fierce delivery into the box for Heyes to connect with a powerful header and finish the move that he had started.

Dales dominated the opening exchanges, spurning several chances including a great opportunity for Faichney that struck the crossbar.

They should have been out of sight in the first half but had to settle for a 2-0 lead going into the break with Jamie Agar extending their lead.

There was a debatable handball by Agar in the build up which the Wanderers players appealed for; but Agar continued and picked out the top corner with a curling effort.

Having bossed the game throughout the first half, with Faichney and Braithwaite controlling the game and pulling the strings, it was a surprise when the game restarted.

Wanderers battled much harder in the second half and made much more of a scrap of the encounter as FFC’s smooth passing rhythm of the first half deserted them.

After conceding a free-kick on the edge of the area, Dales failed to organise quickly enough and a piledriver of a strike from former Fylingdales player, Steve Ross found the bottom corner.

Wanderers were awarded a penalty conceded by Dave Welham and despatched by Ross for his second of the game. Watson got his hand to it but could not stop it from finding the back of the net.

At 2-2, Dales started to up their game again and a Clacherty header hit the bar. Dales eventually broke the resolute Wanderers defence after an attack through the centre resulted in a penalty after Heyes was fouled and Peel powered home from the spot.

Wanderers had to see out the final minutes with only 10 men after a defender was forced off injured, but still hit a post late on.