FYLINGDALES slipped to fourth in the Sunday League after just losing to leaders Filey Flyers in a close-fought match.
Filey started the better of the teams as the ‘Dales took a while to settle in to a new formation.
With influential skipper Paddy Chandler away, it was up to Sam Hart to fill his boots and with Chris Shardlow still recovering from an ingrowing toenail operation, Sam Asher was moved to partner Hart in midfield.
Filey took full advantage as the ‘Dales settled in to score two quick goals after some good play down the left wing.
‘Dales tightened up after the second goal and had several chances but were unable to get the ball in the back of the net.
‘Dales turned round for the second half unchanged and were soon on the scoresheet when Simon Forde scored from the penalty spot after Dan Shackleton was pulled down in the visitors’ box.
Sam Asher levelled after beating two players to score from just outside the box and things got even better shortly after when Jamie Agar went on a mazy run, cut inside and beat the keeper at the near post to score a great goal.
At this point an upset looked on the cards until a penalty was awarded for a foul by centre back Callum Hartly, earning him a red card, and the visitors made no mistake from the spot.
Filey then took the lead when a cross into the box was tucked away.
The large crowd thought a draw was on the cards when Andy Raw was brought down and the third penalty of the game awarded but Forde, struggling with a groin injury, mishit the penalty wide.
Fylingdales laid siege to the visitors’ goal but Filey left with all three points.
The hosts were proud of a good performance against a good side with every player playing their part in the team’s never say die attitude to go down all guns blazing.
Man of the match: Dan Shackleton - ran his heart out all game. Match sponsor: Cliff Southcome.
The ‘Dales next game is home to Strongwood Reserves on Sunday (13 Nov), kick-off 10.10am, as a minutes’ silence will be held at half-time for Remembrance Sunday.
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