LALAN Flynn hit a hat-trick as division two leaders Filey Flyers moved another step closer to securing the second division title with a 5-2 home win over Strongwood Reserves.
Flyers’ victory, coupled with second-placed Victoria’s draw at itis-itis, means that the Clarence Drive based club are now six points clear of their nearest rivals with a game in hand, with only five fixtures remaining.
Phil Dickens set Flyers on their way to victory over a rejuvenated Strongwood second-string, who are fighting for their lives at the opposite end of the division two table.
Dickens’ early penalty and a strike from James Pinder saw the hosts take a 2-0 lead into the break.
Almost immediately from the re-start, Flynn made it 3-0, however, Strongwood refused to give in and fought their way back into the match via a goal from Lewis Wilson.
Flynn added his second of the game to restore Flyers’ three-goal cushion but again the visitors fought back.
Jack Appleton smashed home a stunning free-kick from just inside the Filey half to give his side hope at 4-2.
However, Flynn completed his hat-trick in the closing stages to seal the win for the league leaders, for whom left-winger Lee Lambert was in superb form.
Strongwood Reserves manager Steve Mainprize said: “Filey are a good, physical side and they are top of the league for a reason.
“We did okay though, we had quite a few young lads playing and I was pleased that we managed to compete and ultimately avoided getting hammered like we did last time we played Flyers.
“Damien Devine played well on his return from injury but young defender Connor White was our man of the match, he put in some tremendous tackles.”