AFTER a hugely successful first season in the Scarborough and District Sunday League, Fylingdales started their division two campaign in style against last season’s third division champions.
With new team sponsors The Bay Hotel already playing an active role there are a lot of expectations around the season ahead.
After a tough pre-season and a number of players involved there was only a small squad of FFC players available for selection at Oliver’s Mount, but they raised their game accordingly.
Losing star player Jake Faichney was always going to hit FFC hard as they search the local hotbed of talent for a 65 goals a season striker to replace him. It was the Whitby Town man’s brother Joe Faichney who stepped into his brother’s boots and latched onto the end of a perfect through ball to fire a shot in off the near post.
On 17 minutes, Faichney again cut in from the right wing to slot a shot past the Victoria goalkeeper to make it 2-0. FFC were in command against the team that did the double over them last season.
After no attempts on goal a speculative cross-cum-shot dropped out of the sky onto FFC goalie Neil Brearly who was blinded by the sun and dropped the ball on the line for the Victoria poacher to pull one back.
Heads could have dropped for FFC but instead the Robin Hood’s Bay side went from strength to strength with some excellent passing football.
New signing Sam Hart, filling in for injured midfield maestro Chris Shardlow, linked with Paddy Chandler well to run things in the centre of the park. The third goal came as Hart was fouled 30 yards out and confident and Faichney drilled the free-kick into the bottom left for his treble.
New striker Simon Forde, who has shone pre-season, got his first professional goal when he passed two defenders before unleashing a cultured finish into the net for 4-1.
A dramatic first half was completed when an innocent clash of heads briefly knocked out hat-trick hero Faichney, forcing him to the sidelines.
A far more even second saw Brearly make up for his bloomer with a string of good saves. One Victoria strike was unstoppable as it zoomed into the top corner.
FFC’s next game is away to Strongwood Reserves on Wednesday and the team has confirmed a fixture against Whitby Town on Sunday 11 September at 5pm.
Man of the match: Steve Griffiths; Match ball sponsor: Rob Hopper Drylining.