Fylde Ladies earned a place in the third round of the Women’s FA Cup with a solid 2-0 victory over Guiseley Vixens.
Goals late in each half from Sophie Charlton and Lauren Davis secured a comfortable win at Kellamergh Park.
Fylde Ladies welcomed Guiseley for the second time this season as they looked to replicate the men’s team, who had also secured their own place in the FA Cup third round draw.
A number of injuries saw Fylde make significant changes to the line up with defenders Hannah Mitchell and Becky Abbott both completing their first full 90 minutes of the season.
Straight from the kick-off, Fylde’s intent was clear to see with a number of early half-chances falling to the home side but resolute defending from the visitors thwarted the hosts in the opening stages.
Guiseley’s Ebony Njie made the first clear break for the visitors with a charging run down the left-hand wing and despite an initial challenge from Fylde’s Laura Merrin, Njie won the ball back before seeing her shot blocked by goalkeeper Alex Brooks.
Fylde hit back with a chance of their own when Sophie Charlton, recent Goal of the Month winner, tested Guiseley stopper Beth Seasman with a powerful header.
Seasman was increasingly the busier of the two goalkeepers and made another save moments later from Lauren Davies’ long range strike.
Fylde almost took the lead when the ball found Fylde winger Merrin in front of goal, however her shot crashed back off the crossbar.
The breakthrough eventually arrived for the home side a minute before the whistle blew for half-time. Fylde striker Sophie Charlton benefitted from a badly timed clearance and calmly lobbing the ball over Seasman into the back of the net.
After the interval, Fylde continued to look the more likely, creating numerous chances, however they couldn’t find a way past Seasman – the pick of the bunch an excellent save tipping over a superbly struck strike from Lauren Davies.
Fylde finally grabbed a second goal in the dying stages of the game when star of the show Davies surged forward before firing a low shot into the bottom corner.