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AFC Fylde: Preview

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Thu 13 Apr 2017
Posted in First Team


Billy Heath’s side secured all three points in a hard-fought 1-0 win against Alfreton Town last time out. Tom Denton scored the only goal of the game in what was 90 minutes of limited chances for both sides. The striker towered his 16th goal of the season midway through the second half after connecting with a Jordan Sinnott corner.

Current form:

The two sides are on contrasting runs of form, with the Shaymen unbeaten in five matches and Good Friday’s opponents having only won one match in the same time period. Billy’s side have in fact won four of those matches with their 0-0 draw at Brackley Town being the only time they’ve dropped points since their defeat to Gloucester City on 18th March. When as, the Lancashire side slipped to a 2-1 defeat against relegation haunted Stalybridge Celtic last time and have only picked up five points out of a possible 15. Kidderminster Harriers sit only six points behind in second place with a game in hand and the Shaymen just seven points behind.

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The Coasters’ key-man goes without saying. Danny Rowe has been instrumental in Fylde’s rise to the top of the division, which sees Dave Challinor’s side sit six points clear of Kiddy in second. Rowe has scored an astonishing 42 goals so far this campaign, contribution to just under half of the Lancashire clubs goal scored. The 27-year-old joined Fylde from Macclesfield Town back in 2014 and has not looked back since. The striker scored 56 goals for the Coasters before this season, a sensational return in a very competitive league.  

Last Meeting:

The reverse fixture between these two promotion chasing sides came back in August, just six games into the season. The Shaymen were one of the first teams to make the trip to the 6,000 capacity Mill Farm, with it being Fylde’s inaugural season at their new home. This didn’t affect Challinor’s side as they ran out 3-2 winners against Billy’s side. Denton opened the scoring on the half-hour mark before the home side replied immediately thanks to Caspar Hughes’ 25-yard curler. Fylde then took the lead for the first time in the match when Danny Hone put the ball into his own net. The defender did atone for his error 20 minutes later when he tapped in a Josh MacDonald cross. A point wasn’t enough for Fylde as Bohan Dixon scored the winner ten minutes before the final whistle.

Follow the game:

There will be full match commentary on Shaymen Player.

Match updates will also be available on the Shaymen Wall as well as the club’s Official Twitter feed. (

Shaymen Player will also have full match commentary from the game as well as extended match highlights from the game, as well as all the reaction from Billy Heath and the team.  

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