Flynn’s treble edges Filey Flyers closer to promotion

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.”