CONDITIONS on Sunday were perfect as the FFC armada sailed into Oliver’s Mount for their first away fixture in six weeks.
Unbeaten in the past two months, FFC have a clear eye on a successive promotion but Pirates ,who beat them twice last year, are no pushovers.
FFC went into the game with the familiar and trusty line-up apart from Dan Shackleton who was unavailable but Chris Shardlow returned to the squad after a six-week lay-off.
FFC started the better team and would not let Pirates sustain any long period of possession.
Opting to play uphill first, FFC opened the scoring after four minutes when a stunning long-range effort from goal machine Jake Faichney came back off the keeper into the path of striker Simon Forde who finished with style.
Enjoying the freedom of centre midfield, it was Faichney again five minutes later who cut straight though the middle of the park past three Pirates players, creating his own one-on-one which was never going to be missed. The referee ignored Pirates’ claims that Faichney was offside.
As FFC were seeming to command the game a defensive goalkeeper mix-up resulted in a Pirates goal making the game 2-1 and lifting the Scarborough side. However, it was a top drawer, passing move through by FFC that led to a Steve Stones lay-off then a Faichney wonder strike before half-time.
Straight after the break, FFC continued to focus on their skills and passing and a perfectly weighted diagonal chip-cum-cross was delivered by Stones to Forde for his second of the game.
Pirates fought back on 65 minutes and made the game 4-2 when FFC failed to clear and a quality low cross was met by the striker who scored from close range.
Fresh legs were brought on in the shape of McGreavy, Shardlow, and Tuby but it was the fantastic Stones, clearly enjoying the right wing, who had a speculative effort from distance bounce back off the bar which fell to Forde who coolly took it round a Pirate before claiming his treasure - one of several hat-tricks this season.
The last five minutes turned into the Chris Shardlow show as the midfielder was first involved in a scramble from a Pirates corner which resulted in his first touch being an unavoidable own goal.
The second, a counter-attack led to a three-on-two for FFC at the other end where two saves eventually rebounded to the feet of Shardlow who scored.
FFC deserved the 6-3 scoreline, a good result away from home. FFC now lie third place only six points from Victoria with two games in hand.
And the two sides crucially meet this Sunday (15 Jan) - the game had originally been started earlier this year and saw FFC 4-1 up when it was abandoned due to the behaviour of a Victoria player.
There is a big crowd expected at Stadio Del Thorpe. People of Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby are encouraged to enjoy the match, kick-off 10.30am.
Man of the match: Jake Faichney; match ball sponsor: Rob Hopper Drylining.
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