A BEAUTIFUL sunny morning was the setting for the mid-table Sunday League clash between Pirates and Fylingdales for the penultimate fixture of ‘Dales inaugural season.
The Robin Hood’s Bay side had a strong side and their largest away following of the year while Pirates started the match under strength and without a regular keeper.
Wasting the opportunity to capitalise on the Pirates’ weaknesses, FFC started poorly, failing to create early chances.
FFC went on to be punished in an all too familiar style when a defensive mix-up led to the opener for Pirates after 15 minutes. The home side immediately followed this up with another goal when FFC failed to mark a speculative cross.
After 30 minutes, FFC began to battle, raising the belief and the atmosphere on Oliver’s Mount.
Ten minutes of good pressure ended with Barry Heyes turning well on the corner of the area and with his left foot, curled an unstoppable shot into the far post.
This lifted FFC who could see that the quality skills came from Robin Hoods Bay.
Team manager Tommy Pearson’s half-time masterstroke was to tell his eager disciples that never in his lifetime has he seen a match his team should so clearly win and they took this out into the second half, continuing the pressure.
On 50 minutes an excellent passing move through midfield provided league hotshot Jake Faichney which he coolly put through the keeper’s legs.
Hving come back to make the game 2-2, FFC were dealt a harsh blow by the Scarborough side when Pirates replied immediately to regain the lead. A good shot from a tight angle just beat Neil Brearley in the FFC goal.
‘Dales never really recovered from this blow, letting Pirates back in and failing to raise their game to a standard worthy of the brilliant support that followed them.
Pirates scored another near the finish just to rub salt in the wounds.
FFC’s last match of the successful and exciting season is away to Hummanby this Sunday, kick-off 10.30am.
All supporters welcome and the captain has promised the team will walk back to Bay if they lose.
Man of the match: Barry Heyes; match ball sponsor: Dan Hoggarth @ 50
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