Fylde Ladies moved up to seventh in the Women’s Premier League with a five-star performance away at West Brom.
The Coasters returned to the midlands for the second time in a week following a narrow 1-0 defeat at Derby County the previous Sunday and West Brom were subjected to a fierce backlash.
Despite netting just once in an open first half, Fylde turned on the style after the break to come away with a stunning 5-0 victory.
Manager Conrad Prendergast welcomed goalkeeper Alex Brookes back into the starting line-up after a long spell on the sidelines with injury, whilst also handing new signing Emily Hollinshead her first 90 minutes since joining from Sheffield United.
West Brom’s Natalie Murray and Nicole Dale both had efforts on goal saved by goalkeeper Brookes during the early minutes, but it wasn’t long before Fylde started to dominate proceedings.
The deserved opener arrived shortly after the half-hour mark when Lauren Davies slotted home and set Fylde on their way.
Fylde didn’t have to wait long after the half-time interval with Leah Foster doubling the visitor’s lead just four minutes after the restart.
Midway through the second-half midfielder Hollie Kelsh made it 3-0 before two goals in the final five minutes from Sophie Charlton secured a convincing win.
Commenting after the game, assistant manager Robert Curran, said: “It was a fantastic performance. I’m especially pleased with Sophie Charlton for getting two goals but more importantly for the confidence we will gain from it.
“Next week’s game is a big game against Luton Town Ladies FC in the semi-final of the Women’s FA Plate. A place in the final is up for grabs and we will do everything we can to ensure we are there.”
Double goalscorer, Sophie Charlton, was equally delighted with the result: “It was an evenly contested first half, which we just edged with Lauren scoring a great goal after good work from Leah Foster.
“In the second half we came out full of confidence and created a lot of chances.
“I was happy to score two more goals and finish 5–0 winners. Everybody worked well and as team and we need to take that forward into the semi-final against Luton next Sunday.”