Nick Haughton scored his third brace in a row to bring the Coasters back from two goals down to earn a draw against Spennymoor Town.

A quiet first half brought an all-action second 45, which started with the visitors opening the scoring through Rob Ramshaw after he latched on to a through ball from midfield to round Chris Neal and finish into an empty net.

The second came for the Moors when Glen Taylor lined a free-kick up and smashed home from just outside the 18-yard box.

Two-nil always seems to be a dangerous result, and the Coasters managed to pull a goal back through Haughton, as an overload at the back post led to Tom Walker pulling back for the midfield to drive into the back of the net.

With just two minutes left on the clock, the referee was left with no choice but to point to the spot after a red shirt handled inside the area, and Haughton, after a long wait due to Spennymoor protests, blasted past Flatters for a point.

James Rowe made two changes to the side that won 3-1 against Bradford (Park Avenue), with Luke Conlan & Will Hatfield coming in to replace Jordan Cranston & Tom Walker.

Almost after the sounding of the referee’s whistle, the Coasters nearly took the lead when Jo Cummings was robbed of possession by Nick Haughton, who drove at goal and had a left-footed shot cleared off the line by Moors captain Joe Tait.

With Spennymoor yet to register their first chance of the game, the Coasters looking to pick up where they left off after fantastic link-up play between Siya Ligendza & Haughton saw Fylde’s front man flick to the midfielder, but as he ventured forward and shot, Harry Flatters watched it over his bar.

The opportunities so far were falling the way of the Coasters, and after Danny Philliskirk found Will Hatfield on the edge of the area, his effort deflected into the arms of Flatters.

However, there was always going to be a time where Spennymoor had an opening, and it was Glen Taylor who managed to capitalise on a mistake in the Fylde backline to lace a strike at goal from a tight angle, which Chris Neal palmed away.

Despite that one opportunity, Fylde kept pushing towards the end of the half after a well-worked corner routine allowed Conlan to cross first time into the danger zone, which Alex Whitmore could only flick over the bar.

On the stroke of half-time, Haughton managed to wriggle free of his marker and drop a shoulder on the edge of the box to bring another chance for James Rowe’s side, but he frustratingly found the back of the South Stand.  

Half-Time: AFC Fylde 0-0 Spennymoor Town

The game was an even one, and that continued into the second half, but with Spennymoor coming out and having a few chances in quick succession.

Some one-touch football on the edge of the Fylde box led to Jordan Thewlis curling towards goal, with Neal collecting after it deflected off a white shirt before Taylor set Mark Anderson for a strike a goal, with Neal this time batting away the danger.

Though, the opener went the visitors’ way after a through ball was picked up by Ramshaw bursting into the area, who rounded Neal and slotted into an empty net.

Just seven minutes later, the Moors doubled their lead after Jordan Cranston was penalised for a foul outside the area, which Taylor lined up and smashed into the bottom right corner.

Although the Coasters found themselves down, all was not lost when an overload at the back post allowed Danny Philliskirk to find Tom Walker on the overlap, who pulled it back for Haughton to finish into the back of the net.

It was a goal that gave Fylde impetus to go and get another, and it almost came when Jordan Cranston played a superb, lofted ball over the top of the Spennymoor defence for Keenan Patten to run on to, though John Lufudu bust a gut to get back in and make a last-ditch tackle.

That never say die attitude that the Coasters have come into play, though, as a handball inside the Spennymoor area left referee Shaun Taylor in no doubt but to point to the spot, leaving Haughton to grab another brace in the last knockings of the 90.

Full-Time: AFC Fylde 2-2 Spennymoor Town

AFC Fylde: Neal, Morrison, Whitmore, Bird (52’ Cranston), Barrett (60’ Walker), Conlan, Weston, Philliskirk, Hatfield, Haughton, Ligendza (70’ Patten).

Unused Subs: Obi, Whitehead, Walker.

Spennymoor Town: Flatters, Lufudu, Duxbury, Tait, Thewlis, Greenfield (19’ Cousin-Dawson), Ramshaw, Anderson (74’ Preston), Cummings, Allan, Taylor.

Unused subs: Chandler, Watt, Ledger.