Maidstone United vs AFC Fylde
Saturday 14th April, 2018, k/o 3pm
Vanarama National League
Fylde face their second arduous trip in the space of four days when they travel to Maidstone this weekend.
Following the 600-mile round trip to Torquay on Tuesday night, the Coasters tackle a similar distance to the South West on Saturday, aiming for another positive result.
Fylde fell behind against Torquay in shocking conditions, however a leveller from Jack Muldoon – his 10th league goal of the season – and Jordan Tunnicliffe’s double completed the comeback and earned a fourth win on the spin for Dave Challinor’s side.
The result took the Coasters up into fourth in the National League standings – the highest position in the club’s history – with just three games to play (Maidstone A, Solihull Moors H, Wrexham A).
Striker Danny Rowe failed to add to his 24-goal haul in the league at Torquay and now faces stiff competition from Andy Cook for the Golden Boot after the Tranmere forward bagged all four in a 4-2 victory over Gateshead on Tuesday to move level with the Coasters hitman.
Maidstone, who play on a 3G pitch, have endured a difficult season and currently find themselves just three points above the drop zone. Since winning back-to-back games in mid-March, they are without victory in five and were held to a goalless draw by basement club Guiseley last time out.
Jay Saunders’ side finished 14th in their debut National League season last year after promotion via the Play-Offs at the expense of Ebbsfleet United.
Fylde and Maidstone have already technically faced each other twice this season. The first meeting was abandoned at half-time due to adverse weather conditions with the Coasters leading 2-1. The rearranged fixture ended with a Coasters victory – Andy Bond, Danny Rowe and Jordan Tunnicliffe sealing a 3-0 win.
Follow all the build-up and live match action via our Facebook page or minute by minute updates on Twitter (@AFCFYLDE).
Barrow vs Ebbsfleet United
Boreham Wood vs Chester
Gateshead vs Eastleigh
Macclesfield Town vs Leyton Orient
Maidenhead United vs Dover Athletic
Maidstone United vs AFC Fylde
Solihull Moors vs Guiseley
Sutton United vs Hartlepool United
Torquay United vs FC Halifax Town
Tranmere Rovers vs Aldershot Town
Woking vs Bromley
Wrexham vs Dagenham and Redbridge
Concessions (65+/students with valid ID): £12.00
Youth (11 to 16 year olds): £7.00
Junior (Under 11): £2.00
Stand seat plus £2.00 on the above prices – subject to availability
Address and Travel:
James Whatman Way
By Car: M20 (junction 6) and M2 (junction 3). Follow signs to Maidstone on the A229. At the White Rabbit roundabout, take the third exit on to James Whatman Way.
Please note on first team matchdays, parking within the stadium is reserved. Passes have been provided to all those who are parking there. These will be checked on the road leading down to the gates. Please do not go to James Whatman Way unless you have a pre-reserved parking pass.
Other car parks (pay and display) are located at Invicta House (five minute walk), Sandling Road (five minute walk), Maidstone East Train Station (seven minute walk) and Fremlin Walk (ten minute walk).
Maidstone Lions operate a charity car park at Maidstone Job Centre Plus (Staceys Street) on matchday Saturdays.
Fancy a walk along the River Medway on matchdays? Park at Lockmeadow Centre on Barker Road (ME16 8LW). Cross Lockmeadow Millennium Bridge and pass All Saints Church and the Archbishops’ Palace, along the towpath to the Gallagher Stadium.
By Train: There are two mainline train station within walking distance of the Gallagher Stadium. Maidstone East is on the London/Ashford International line and Maidstone Barracks is on the Medway Valley Line.