FYLINGDALES FC can clinch promotion to the Sunday League’s top tier this weekend by beating pub side itis itis in their final game of the season.
Dales are currently joint second place with an inferior goal difference but rivals Victoria have played all their games.
Seamer in fourth have three games left but cannot stop ‘Dales getting promotion if they win at the weekend.
Dales’ crucial last game against itis it is takes place on Sunday at Oliver’s Mount at 10.30am.
The club’s penultimate game last Sunday had to be moved to a windy Filey pitch due to the closure of Oliver’s Mount - but nothing could get in the way of another and a 10th league win in a row.
With continued injuries in defence, Jake Faichney was brought back to partner Tommy Gray at centre back, Gary Tuby was brought into centre midfield but FFC have relied on a strong tight team for the whole season. This has proved telling.
The Sun bright a high quality squad for the game and this was evident throughout the first half in which they held their own.
The Sun took the lead on 15 minutes when a corner was cleared to the unmarked captain Lee Patterson who hit a sweet strike into the top right hand corner.
FFC persevered and when Dan Shackleton battled past two Sun defenders, he was brought down for a penalty.
FFC star Jake Faichney stepped forward and despite some poor mind games from the Sun keeper, brought the game back to 1-1 with a cool finish.
A closely fought first half was brought to an end and after refuelling and an inspirational team talk from Pearson and Mallette, FFC knew they were to step it up. And they did.
On 60 minutes, Paddy Chandler passed the ball into Stephen Stones who, from the edge of the area, curled a beautiful shot into the top left hand corner. Dales were in front and clearly improving.
The match was then put out of reach when Chandler received the ball halfway in the Sun half before taking it past two defenders then calmly slotting it past the keeper.
Davide Castro was brought on for the ever-improving Mark Brennan on 80 minutes and the energetic Barcelona boy looks a bright prospect for next season.
For a short time the Sun became frustrated but the official’s assertiveness calmed both sides to focus on the football.
Barry Heyes, who had come on to rest Andy McGreavy in the second half, impressed his adoring WAG Sammy Muir when on 85 minutes he thundered a half-volley over a helpless Sun keeper.
A big crowd is expected on Sunday to celebrate a great season and the biggest match in Fylingdales’ history.
Match ball sponsor: Rob Hopper Drylining
Man of the Match: Dan Shackleton
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