The Coasters grabbed a big 1-0 win on the road against Kidderminster Harriers to earn James Rowe his first three points as Coasters boss.
A strong performance from Fylde saw Nick Haughton get himself on the scoresheet in the sixth minute after Jamie Stott clipped a ball in behind for Nick to eventually lift over Luke Simpson.
There were three changes to the side that secured victory over Bradford PA, with Jamie Stott, Luke Joyce & Tom Walker coming in to replace Dan Pike, David Perkins & Mark Cullen.
One noticeable addition to the bench was a return to the squad for Stephen Dobbie, who grabbed a late winner for the Coasters in the reverse fixture against Harriers.
Rowe couldn’t have asked for a better start to the game than the one Haughton gave him after he latched on to a ball from Jamie Stott to lift over the on-rushing Simpson.
With the Harriers at home and looking for an instant response, Omari Sterling nearly provided it when he stepped up to a free-kick from 25 yards, forcing Chris Neal to palm the danger away.
There was little to write home about with a few half chances falling the way of the home side, but the Coasters finished the half just as they started it – strong.
Ben Tollitt found space out wide to cut inside and attempt to sneak an effort in at the near post, but Simpson got across his line to tip over the bar well.
Half-Time: Kidderminster Harriers 0-1 AFC Fylde
Harriers came out for the second half looking for that equaliser, but the best chance came for the Coasters when Harry Davis rose above the red shirts swarming the area to head at goal but saw his effort cleared off the line.
Sensing a second of the afternoon, Haughton picked the ball up and danced past Caleb Richards, leaving him on the deck, to test Simpson down to his left, but he was equal to the strike and got a strong hand behind it.
It was turning out to be a real battling performance from Rowe’s side, and Haughton had a golden chance to double his and the Coasters’ tally for the afternoon after he nicked it on the halfway line but was later denied by Simpson.
Despite Fylde doing their best to earn the win, Kidderminster were still in the game and almost grabbed an equaliser when Sam Austin hit a driven strike towards the bottom corner, which Neal was equal to, before Geraldo Bajrami headed over from inside the six-yard box, meaning the Coasters held on to claim all three points.
Full-Time: Kidderminster Harriers 0-1 AFC Fylde
Kidderminster Harriers: Simpson, Penny, Richards, Austin, Carrington, Morgan-Smith, Hemmings (70’ White), Sterling (75’ Freemantle), Bajrami, Nolan (64’ Foulkes), Redmond.
Unused Subs: Montrose, Martin.
AFC Fylde: Neal, Stott, Obi, Davis, Tollitt, Conlan, Philliskirk, Joyce, Haughton (81’ Dobbie), Walker (72’ Perkins), Slew (61’ Pike).
Unused Subs: Evans, Shaw.