AFC Fylde star Danny Lloyd capped a dream weekend with a trio of achievements for the club.
Winger Lloyd has been in fine form for the Coasters of late and his goal at AFC Telford United on Saturday secured a valuable three points against the National League North strugglers.
His first-half winner at the New Bucks Head Stadium was also his 50th for the club and to top off a memorable day the 24-year-old was named the Coasters’ Player of the Month for January.
Lloyd was delighted to reach his half century of goals, but admitted it was also a weight off his shoulders.
“It’s always great to score any goal and I knew that my 50th goal was coming after scoring a couple at Eastbourne recently,” said Lloyd. “To be honest it was nice to get it out of the way so it wasn’t playing on my mind too much. I still need a few more to get 20 for the season and that’s what I’m hoping to achieve next.
“Dion (Charles) did well for the goal, picking up the ball on the right and driving inside whilst riding a couple of challenges. He then slipped me in and initially I thought I had taken it too wide but thankfully I managed to angle the shot right across goal and it’s kissed in off the post.
“I had been getting a bit of stick from the home fans but that’s to be expected when you go to places with big crowds. It’s all fun and games at the end of the day and when they give stick they should be able to take it back with goal celebrations.
Lloyd’s goal clinched a hard-fought 2-1 win and he was under no illusions about how difficult the game would be.
“It was a very tough game but we knew beforehand that they weren’t going to make it easy for us with the way that they play.
“They are very direct and they get people around the second balls very quickly.
“We started the match very well, defended effectively and then hit them on the counter attack and Rowey scored a lovely goal. A lapse in concentration shortly after let them back into the game and gave them a bit of a foothold for a spell but we managed to get that crucial second.
“It has set us up well for Chorley next. We got one over them at our place a month ago and hopefully we can go there and do the same thing. We know it will be difficult on a similar pitch to at the weekend, a bit bobbly, but we just have to go and do another professional job.”