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FYLINGDALES FC managed to playwright back into promotion contention after a thrilling win over Shakespeare on Sunday.

The Scarborough side, formed two seasons ago, have remained unbeaten in their rise through the leagues but FFC arrived from their Hamlet at Oliver’s Mount on the back of a great win against The Sun Inn the previous week, ready for a classic encounter.

Only one enforced change was made as the missing Tommy Gray meant that despite heavily wetting his new baby’s head, Jake Faichney was brought back into defence and replaced up front with local lad Jack Pearse.

Despite the Shakespeare reputation FFC, more than most, know all the world’s a stage, all the men and women merely players and know all are equal on the day.

Conditions were perfect on The Mount and the match began like a game of chess with the two quality sides pushing each other to show their hand.

FFC struck first when Pearse got his debut goal after charging down on the Shakespeare keeper. Pearse took his opportunity well and you could see what this meant to him and his team-mates - FFC wanted this game more.

Dales held their lead until just before half-time when a free-kick was taken early by Shakespeare and caught Fylingdales by surprise.

The Dales players looked to the referee for a whistle but only had themselves to blame.

At half-time, gaffer Neil Brearley said in true Shakespearean fashion that some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. FFC chose to thrust their greatness over the Mount.

In a match mainly about battles and long balls the outstanding Mark Waterfield shone with class.

Bringing the ball down with one touch on the far left of the penalty area Waterfield half-volleyed an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the goal for 2-1.

Shakespeare continued to press and an interesting battle grew between the ex semi-pros Faichney and Robbie Hawks. Hawks, who tore FFC apart at Stadio del Thorpe, was limited to a number of long-range efforts as Faichney had him in his pocket.

Shakespeare levelled from a headed goal from a corner.

Waterfield showed his class again when striking a 35-yard free-kick that crashed against the bar and bounced out inches from the line.

Ten minutes from time, FFC’s passion and determination paid off when a great passing move through midfield saw Waterfield’s pass set up Simon Forde who coolly lobbed the keeper to put Dales in front.

A genuinely fantastic and fairly played game left FFC buoyant and second in the league.

Topping the league is a challenge for FFC unless Shakespeare dip in form but now a promotion place is firmly back in the hands of the happy few band of brothers from Bay. There is no match for FFC this Sunday due to cup semi-finals but they will be back in action on St Patrick’s Day on 17 March. Match ball sponsor: Rob Hopper Drylining; man of the match: Mark Waterfield

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