FYLINGDALES FC were denied a tasty win over Victoria on Sunday when the referee abandoned the game after a visiting player appeared to raise a hand to him.
FFC, who beat Victoria only a month ago in the opening fixture at Oliver’s Mount, were eager to get a win after a strong but fruitless perfomance in the past few weeks’ cup games.
FFC put out a high quality side for the 40-strong crowd who were given their share of entertainment.
In the absence of manager Tommy Pearson, John Mallette took the helm to control proceedings with his signature passion for the club.
Last week’s man of the match Sam Hart continued at left back with a return to the side of crowd favourite Sam Asher at centre back.
It didn’t take a sharp-looking FFC side long to make the first impact. Victoria failed to clear a corner and the ball fell at the feet of in-form Simon Forde who whipped it past a helpless keeper into the back of the net.
Victoria capitalised on a distracted FFC side after the arrival of the newly-famous WAGs seemed the affect their focus and a Victoria cross led to a goal from a simple unmarked header in the box.
Undeterred, FFC responded well with continued flowing football and Victoria attacks being thwarted by the pacey Asher.
Five minutes before half-time, a great passing move and a one-two between Forde and midfielder Paddy Chandler put the latter through on goal. As Chandler pulled the trigger on one of his trademark Zico finishes, a defender brought him down and a penalty was awarded.
After much delaying tactics, the spot-kick was smoothly put away by Forde for 2-1.
The second half meant increased pressure and attacks from FFC playing downhill and creating a number of chances.
It wasn’t long before the score was increased as a cleared ball was beautifully headed back as a through ball for Forde who relished the one-on-one and cleverly chipped the ball past the frustrated Victoria keeper.
Victoria also became increasingly frustrated as a team with their lack of options against one of the new league favourites and one Victoria player seemed to raise a hand to the referee after an argument led to the match being abandoned.
League officials will now decide the fairest way of dealing with the incident. It was clear to anyone that FFC deserved not only the three points but also a fine hat-trick from Forde.
FFC and the famed WAGS - who starred as Whitby Gazette ‘page 3 girls’ last week are holding fund-raising event for the FFC youth academy this Friday (30 Sep) at the Grosvenor, all are welcome.
Once recovered, FFC have another home game this Sunday, kick-off 10.30am.
Match ball sponsor: Rob Hopper Drylining
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