AFC Fylde missed the chance to climb back to the top of the Vanarama Conference North after a disappointing 3-1 defeat at promotion rivals Guiseley.
The opening stages were very even with both sides having decent chances, Richie Allen having Fylde’s best chance with a header from six yards which was well saved by keeper Steven Drench.
But the game was turned on its head when Guiseley were awarded a penalty for an apparent push by Danny Rowe who was booked. Guiseley winger Gavin Rothery sent Hinchliffe the wrong way from the resulting spot kick.
Shortly after half time it got worse for the Coasters when Joe Booth headed the ball over Hinchliffe and into the back of the net. Booth soon made way for Matty Blinkhorn. Guiseley got a third when Wayne Brooksby’s shot was parried into the path of Adam Boyes who tapped home into an empty net from six yards.
Fylde had chances going forward but their final passes often let them down. The Coasters did get a consolation goal ten minutes from time when Danny Rowe headed home from a Caspar Hughes cross with the ball coming off the post and trickling over the line.
Fylde had several chances for a second goal from a series of corner but they were either saved by the Guiseley keeper or were deflected away from Fylde shirts.
Fylde’s next game is at home to Harrogate Town on Saturday.
Drench,Toulson,Lowe (C),Hall,Ellis,Lawlor,Brooksby,D Boshell,Boyes,Dickinson,Rothery
Subs: Holdsworth,A Johnson,N Boshell,O Johnson
34′ Rothery PEN
55′ Booth O.G.
68′ Lloyd for Allen
56′ Blinkhorn for Booth