AFC Fylde Women returned to winning ways on Sunday with a 6-0 victory over Notts County Women FC in the FA Women’s National League Cup First Round.

After a winless start to the league campaign, Jack Garside’s Fylde team travelled to the RM Stadium in Hucknall with a renewed determination to turn around their fortunes and advance to the next round of the FAWNL Cup.

Having beaten Chorley Women 2-1 in the Determining Round, Fylde were drawn in the First Round away to Notts County Women, who compete at the fourth-tier level in the FAWNL Division One Midlands. In the previous round, Adam Dunleavy’s Notts County left it late to overcome Chester Le Street Town Ladies after winning a penalty shootout to set up a home tie with the Coasters.

On Sunday afternoon, Fylde raced out of the blocks and broke the deadlock within the first few minutes of the game. Fylde quickly doubled their advantage minutes later, before adding four more goals inside the first half to take a 6-0 lead going into the break.

The Coasters showed their clinical finishing in a dominant attacking display at the RM Stadium. The goals came from Lily Murphy, Ginny Lackey (x2), Lauren Heria, Emma Siddall, and an own goal.

To their credit, Notts County managed to stem the tide and gain more control in the second half. Fylde found it harder to break through County’s defensive line and could not add to their goalscoring tally. However, the Magpies were also unable to find any goals in the second period, and the scoreline remained the same at the full-time whistle.

Full-Time: Notts County Women FC 0-6 AFC Fylde Women

The draw for the FAWNL Cup Second Round has since been made, and the Coasters will host Durham Cestria on Sunday 29th October. Further details will be announced in due course.

Notts County Women FC: Hind, Wells, Crump, Fowler, Steele, Rowson, Vine, Stretton, Burnett, Platts, Reece

Substitutes: Chambers, Davies, Barnes, Queen, White

AFC Fylde Women: Craven, Binks (46’ Bickett), Hamill (46’ Devereaux), Strutton, Thomas, Siddall, Rowe (46’ Dunn), Heria, Murphy (62’ Whitaker), Lackey, Samson

Report by Scott Jones