Five-star ‘Dales find form at a frozen Ayton

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Fylingdales Football Club arrived at freezing Ayton looking to warm up morale after their shock 6-2 defeat by Trafalgar Reserves the previous week.

‘Dales were without striker Jack Pearce, giving the green light for Jake Faichney to return to his favoured striker role. John Cuffling returned to central defence and Mitch Tuby replaced the unavailable Mark Waterfield in centre midfield, while Andrew McGreavey was drafted into right back.

Ayton kicked off with the gale force wind behind them and an Ayton corner was blown straight into the top right corner for 1-0 after just five minutes.

FFC were not fazed by the early goal or the wind and with a battling strong midfield, began to play some close passing football.

Paddy Chandler won the ball from the young Ayton midfield and broke, putting Barry Heyes through, who passed the left back before slotting home a tidy finish.

FFC began to dominate and a ball cleared from a corner landed at the feet of in-form Chandler, who volleyed a powerful dipping shot over the keeper and in off the underside of the bar.

‘Dales went into the warmth of the half-time changing rooms deservedly 2-1 up but again conceded early after kick-off. This time, a good Ayton passing move through the FFC defence led to a pass across goal to the oncoming striker who tapped in.

Using the wind to their advantage, FFC began to pepper the Ayton goal with attempts. Faichney relentlessly pressured the defenders and it was his work that led to the ball landing at Tommy Gray’s right boot 25 yards out. He then curled into the top right hand corner.

The fourth goal came after a Simon Forde / Chandler one-two then a pass to Faichney who rounded two men before scoring from a low tight angle.

FFC’s fifth came afer stalwart Cuffling headed on a goal-kick to Faichney who made it 5-2.

Capt Faichney had two easier chances to complete his hat-trick with a header and tap in but spurned them.

With a great performance and away win, ‘Dales hope the quality continues at this level into the final weeks ahead.

FFC play host to West Pier this Sunday at their home Stadio del Thorpe pitch. All welcome.

Man of the match: Tommy Gray; match ball sponsor: Rob Hopper drylining

Ayton 2 FFC 5