FYLINGDALES Football Club were seeking revenge over Itis Itis after the Scarborough side dumped them out of cup semi-finals last year.
The addition of the excellent Kevin Burgess, a level five referee from Middlesbrough, to officiate helped set the stage for a great Sunday
morning battle between two of the better sides in the Scarborough and District League.
After two early crunching tackles were issued, the first major talking point of the game was when an Itis Itis midfielder lunged in two-footed in on right back Steve Griffiths.
The player was issued a straight red card while Griffiths recovered but there were few complaints from the Scarborough side.
The man advantage lifted FFC who began to create chances.
The excellent Sam Asher, playing from centre back, picked up the ball in his own half, took it past two players and unleashed a bullet across the keeper into the top right corner.
It is Itis responded well to being a goal down when a player lost Asher and Sam Hart and crossed in for a free header that was pushed out by superb FFC keeper Jamie Wassel.
A strong home passing move led to a Sam Hart cross and rising above the pack of Scarborough players, the Beacon Farm dynamo Chris Shardlow netted with an ice cool header for FFC’s second.
FFC just edged the first half, despite the man advantage, a rest and a telling off only made things worse going into the second.
Itis piled on the pressure as the second half progressed. Hotshot Shardlow had to go off injured swell and Itis came close when they hit bar and Asher put club before personal safety, getting in the way of oncoming players to clear the ball off the line.
Next to be injured for FFC was centre back John Cuffling and without any subs, Itis continued to pile on the pressure. A cross from the right and pressure on the home defence led to them pulling a goal back.
Itsis got the ball in the net again but the goal was rightly ruled offside when a free-kick was headed on and despite the pressure, FFC, led well by man of the match Asher, stayed strong to extend their unbeaten run to seven games.
This Friday, all are welcome to Hex-Factor, a Hallowe’en karaoke FFC fund-raiser at the Bay Hotel.
On Sunday, FFC - who are third in the Sunday League second division with games in hand - are back in league action away to Seamer, 10.30am kick-off.
Match ball sponsor: Rob Hopper Drylining
Man of the match: Sam Asher
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