Fylde Ladies signed off from their FA Women’s Premier League campaign on a high with a 2-1 victory over basement club West Brom Women.
Despite falling behind, an own goal and a late winner from Sophie Charlton lifted Fylde into fifth position whilst condemning their visitors to bottom of the table and probable relegation.
Fylde started the brighter of the two sides at Kellamergh Park, hitting the woodwork three times in the opening stages of the half.
Emily Hollinshead was first to rattle the bar before Tilly Wilkes repeated the trick. Alys Hinchcliffe was then more than a little unlucky to see her precise effort come back off the far post.
At the other end, Hattie James forced Coasters stopper Alex Brookes into a fine save as Louis Sowe’s side searched for a vital opener in their battle for survival.
The away side gave themselves a glimmer of hope five minutes after the restart when Lucy Finch fired into the roof of the net from a Hannah George corner.
James almost doubled Albion’s advantage but placed her effort just wide. The miss was to prove costly when the Baggies were undone by an unfortunate own goal twenty minutes from time.
Fylde found the winner to break West Brom hearts in the 83rd-minute when Charlton converted to turn the game on its head and leapfrog the Coasters above Huddersfield Town into fifth place.
Fylde manager Conrad Prendergast said: “It was pleasing to end the season with a victory.
“We deserved the win and how we weren’t ahead in first half was a mystery.
“We have a big summer ahead, but our form towards the end of the campaign means there are promising signs.”
Fylde Ladies: Brookes, Wild, Wilkes, Forster, Michell, Kelsh, Charlton, Fuller, Hollinshead, Hinchcliffe, Abbot.