FYLINGDALES set off for their furthest and final match of the season with nothing to play for but pride - and this first season in the Sunday League has proved they have it in bucketloads.
Conditions were perfect as a strong but season-weary side from the Dales lined up against the young Hunmanby.
Typical of Dales’ starts this season, it took only three minutes when a ball was chipped over the FFC old guard, letting a fast striker through to strike the ball past keeper John Cuffling.
Luckily, Cuffling did not let this phase him as he went on to protect the FFC net with style.
As ‘Dales settled, the match went from strength to strength. The conditions meant FFC could pass the ball around as they should have done far more all season.
The equaliser came from Jake Faichney after midfielder Paddy Chandler won the ball and put Faichney through to clinically finish from a tight angle.
FFC’s second came from a renowned Jamie Agar corner with a Barry Heyes diving header.
A confident FFC got a third when an immaculate passing move came though centre midfield again as Faichney was put through to score his second.
Just before half-time, FFC scored their fourth and probably best goal of the season when a move that involved half of the brilliant team finished with four unselfish one-touch passes leading to an easy tap in for Heyes.
It was men against boys.
Second halves have been a sore point for FFC all season and despite their confidence, they could not maintain the levels of football on display in the first half.
Hunmanby did not threaten hugely but got more involved in the game and grabbed a second goal on 63 minutes after some poor marking.
With the score at 4-2 and the players tiring, a fightback seemed unlikely and FFC were unlucky not to get a fifth when Heyes was denied his hat-trick with a dubious disallowed goal.
FFC finished their maiden season on a high and should feel proud of the instant impact they have had, finishing fifth in the league and look forward to a promotion season next time.
The cricket side will not risk summer football damage to the pitch so from now training is to continue on Fyling Hall astro turf every Thursday at 6.30pm, all are welcome. FFC thank everyone for their support.
Man of the match: Neil Purves; match ball sponsor: Bay Wires For Hire
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