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AFC Fylde: Match Preview

Posted by Ashley Brewer
Posted on Thu 29 Mar 2018
Posted in First Team

Good Friday will see FC Halifax Town visit AFC Fylde in the Vanarama National League.

Jamie Fullarton’s men will go there in relatively high hopes after no losses in their last 6 games, a run that has seen them rise to 16th position.

Sam Johnson has been able to hold on to 3 clean sheets in that series of matches, but Fylde will provide the ultimate test, with the Coasters’ 71 goals making them the league’s highest goal scorers.

The home side, who currently sit in 8th, prepare for this encounter on the back of a 2-0 away defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge, and have won only twice in their last 6.

Defeats to Guiseley and Leyton Orient, as well as a draw with Hartlepool United will boost confidence amongst the Halifax camp.

However, they remain a threat going forward having thrashed the likes of Macclesfield 6-0, Tranmere Rovers 5-2 and, more recently, Aldershot Town 7-1.

With 8 goals this season Matty Kosylo remains the danger man for the visitors, despite cutting a frustrated figure in recent outings against Guiseley and Solihull Moors.

The home side have the attacking talent of the league’s top goal scorer in Danny Rowe, who has hit the back of the net on 22 occasions this campaign.

He himself will be looking to get back in amongst the goals having failed to hit the target in Fylde’s previous 2 against Hartlepool and Dagenham & Redbridge.

But 4 from the previous two, including a hat trick in the 7-1 thumping of Aldershot is a reminder of his danger in the opposition area.

A Tom Denton double handed Halifax all 3 points the last time these two sides faced one another, although they didn’t make it easy for themselves.

Rowe would make it 1-0 just over 10 minutes after break, chipping Johnson after beating the backline.

But, Halifax wouldn’t be behind for long, with Denton tapping into an unguarded net after Adam Morgan’s flicked header clipped off the bar.

The victory would be wrapped up when the number 9 curled his strike into the top right corner with the win at the MBi Shay Stadium, at the time, seeing the home side extend their unbeaten run to 4 matches.

Match Officials

Referee: Karl Evans

Assistants: Dean Chapman/Richard Abson

Fourth Official: Michael Ainsworth

Follow the Game

There will be live updates and commentary available on the club website and Shaymen TV.

You can also follow the action via Town’s official Twitter account, @FCHTOnline.

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