Dales fight back to see off strong Strongwood XI

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FYLINGDALES FC entertained a strong Strongwood reserves side as their first team had no game.

Referee Mike Stonehouse realised he was in for a busy morning when the visitors turned up late and when they eventually took to the field, gave away five free-kicks in a row.

Fylingdales tried their best to play football and with some neat passing moves, striker Simon Forde was put through to score a fine goal for Fylingdales to take the lead.

The visitors let themselves down with constant abuse to the referee resulting in two of their players being booked.

At 11am, ref Mike Stonehouse stopped the game to hold a minute’s silence for Rememberance Sunday as this was to have been held at half-time but the visitors turned up late.

Strongwood then had a good spell and with the Fylingdales defence found wanting at the back, the pacey Strongwood strikers scored a quick two goals. A third was only stopped by a brilliant save from keeper Neil Brearly.

Shortly after the start of the second half, Strongwood increased their lead to two goals when the visitors’ big midfielder was allowed to run with the ball from his own half to hit an unstoppable goal.

The visitors were looking confident of a win but Fylingdales refused to give up and with 20 minutes left, coach John Mallette made a double substitution, bringing on Barry Heyes and Andy McGreavey to replace Callum Hartly and Simon Ford.

Within two minutes, Andy Raw stole a ball in midfield and from his great pass, Steve Stones scored a cracking goal.

Heyes scored two quick goals to put ‘Dales back in the lead and McGreavy made the game safe with a deflected shot for 5-3.

This Sunday (20 Nov), the Dales are at home to Seamer, 10.30am kick-off.

Man of the match: Ste Stones; ball sponsor: Rob Hopper Drylining.