‘Dales serve up a Christmas cracker

FYLINGDALES FC have had a great year - gaining promotion, playing some great football and celebrating the village WAGs, who made their own 2012 calendar.

The final game at Stadio del Thorpe served up a classic game against quality opposition and fellow league challengers Itis Itis.

FFC were sharp out of the traps and after two minutes a fantastic passing move and lay off by Paddy Chandler set up Jamie Agar, who unleashed a bullet into the top left corner.

Itis Itis attempted to counter the pressure building on them but returning centre back John Cuffling, along with his fellow back four, were up to the test.

Instead it was FFC who got the deserved second goal when again the ball came through centre midfield and Tuby put through top scorer Simon Forde for a cool one-on-one finish.

Itis Itis challenged and just before half-time, hit the woodwork before FFC could clear but it was the Bay side who went in at half-time with their tails up.

FFC seemed to gain some complacency and immediately after the restart Itis Itis capitalised on some sleepy defending and made the game 2-1. The goal led the Scarborough side to a sustained period of pressure where they hit the bar and created chances but they were caught on the counter and after Danny Shackleton was brought down, he capitalised on a loose ball from the free-kick and volleyed home FFC’s third.

Back in the driving seat, FFC upped the tempo and pressurised a stunned Itis Itis side into errors.

Captain Chandler played like an energetic teenager throughout and when relentless pressure on the defence led to a pass back into the path of the exceptional Forde, a cool finish took the game to 4-1.

The lead was deserved but the score flattered FFC and they fell into the complacency trap again. Itis Itis scored on 75 minutes when a corner was only slightly cleared and a loose ball fell to the Scarborough side’s captain who fired it home.

FFC started to look nervous and a long range shot was cleared brilliantly by Sam Hart with an overhead kick goal-line clearance.

The pressure was sustained and eventually the defence gave way to Itis itis’s third goal, a header on 83 minutes from short distance.

FFC keeper Jamie Wassel made some great saves and was typical of the Bay side’s battling spirit. FFC have gone from strength to strength and this win against one of the top sides in the league really underlines that.

FFC will not be back on the hallowed turf until 8 January. though the players will be celebrating national FFC scarf and WAG day on Friday (23 Dec) when the remaining scarves and calendars will be on sale from Bay pubs, including team sponsor The Bay Hotel.

Man of the match: Linda Winspear; match ball sponsor: Rob Hopper drylining.

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