Emphatic win opens Sleights account

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JIM Howard’s Sleights grabbed their first ever Scarborough League win since reforming on Saturday despite again falling behind.

Filey led inside 20 minutes when a long ball caught out Lee Graham who conceded a free-kick which the home side fired home from 25 yards.

Angered by this, Sleights went on the offensive and were level within five minutes when Ben Alston rifled in from the edge of the box.

The villagers then hit post and bar before ex-Goldsborough defender Kristian Locker found the net from all of 35 yards, to send Sleights in ahead at the break.

The second half opened with keeper Richard Coulson making a fine save one-on-one before Sleights extended their lead as another youngster, Theo Smith, popped up twice in quick succession to take his tally to three goals in two games.

At 4-1, the visitors were now coasting and an unfortunate own goal from the home side had their heads down.

Sleights’ top scorer Ian Smith showed little sympathy when he slammed home his fourth of the season, moments later.

A tremendous solo slalom from Max Woodhouse then took the substitute around four players before chipping the bewildered keeper.

And things went from bad to worse for Filey when they were reduced to 10 men following a succession of poor challenges, with Sleights making them pay as another Locker strike from distance and Alston’s second completed an emphatic victory.

Delighted player-manager Howard said: “It was a clinical display and it’s been coming for some time.”

Sleights FC: Coulson, Fletcher (Howard 60), Graham, Hardy, Locker, Fawcett, I Smith, T Smith, Webster (Woodhouse 70), Ingham (Hicks 60), Alston.

Man of the match: Theo Smith

FC Filey 1 Sleights 9