The Coasters were convincing winners at Mill Farm, as they secured a 4-1 victory over Blyth Spartans in wet and windy conditions.

An own goal, a chip from Sam Osborne and a Nick Haughton brace saw the Coasters comfortably secure three points in their return to National League North action.

Jim Bentley made two changes to the side that beat Gateshead, with Nick Haughton and Ben Tollitt coming in to replace Ethan Walker & Jordan Hulme.

An early opportunity presented itself for the Coasters through Sam Osborne when he managed to beat his man at the near post and hit a fierce effort towards the top corner, but Alex Mitchell palmed the effort away from goal.

The Coasters were just warming up, and eventually, they struck. Nick Haughton picked the ball up and slid Kieran Lloyd in down the right. He crossed towards Jack Sampson in the middle, but a wicked deflection off a Blyth shirt diverted the cross into the net.

Just minutes later, Jim Bentley’s side had their second of the game after Haughton turned provider again, this time for Osborne, who managed to latch on to the attacking midfielders pass to chip over Mitchell.

Despite the Coasters enjoying most of the possession and the better chances, the hosts managed to create one of their own when Jordan Watson struck first time towards goal but saw his effort drift wide of the post.

Then, moments before the break, Fylde had a third through some fantastic individual brilliance from Haughton, who twisted the Blyth defence inside out to strike across goal and past Mitchell.

Half-time: AFC Fylde 3-0 Blyth Spartans

A fast start to the half saw the Coasters grab their fourth of the game just before the 50-minute mark when Luke Conlan managed to poke the ball to Haughton on the edge of the area, who fired low and hard into the bottom corner of the net.

The visitors weren’t offering much going forward and Jonathan O’Donnell was limited to a strike from distance on the 70-minute mark, which Bobby Jones watched sail over the bar.

Back down the other end, a clever ball behind the Blyth defensive line from Lloyd found Tollitt, who had a first-time effort blocked inside the area.

With 15 minutes of play left, a late challenge on Liam Nolan from Rhys Evans saw the Blyth right-back see red from the referee, leaving the Green Army with 10 men for the remainder of the game.

That didn’t stop Blyth from pulling a goal back. The referee pointed to the spot for something only he knows, and O’Donnell stepped up to convert.

Full-Time: AFC Fylde 4-1 Blyth Spartans

AFC Fylde: Jones, Lloyd, Stott, Obi, Conlan, Joyce ©, Nolan, Tollitt, Osborne, Haughton, Sampson.

Unused subs: Neal, Byrne.

Blyth Spartans: Mitchell, Evans, Reid, Buddle ©, Watson (69’ Liddle), O’Donnell, Byrne (53’ Hickey), McNall (57’ Maguire), Deverdics, Lees, Thomson.

Unused subs: Painter, Djalo.