Skelmersdale United vs AFC Fylde

Wednesday 13th January, 2016 (kick-off 7:45pm)

The A J Bell Stadium

FA Trophy first round replay

Match information:

Ticket Prices: Adult £9.00, Concessions £5.00, U16’s £1.00

Tickets can be purchased on the night from the stadium ticket office. The ticket office at the AJ Bell Stadium can be found at the front of the Stadium to the right of reception.

Stadium Address: AJ Bell Stadium, 1 Stadium Way, Barton upon Irwell, M30 7EY (For old Sat Nav use M30 7LJ)

Stadium is situated on other side of Barton Bridge to Trafford Shopping Centre. Best junction to exit is J11


With weather playing havoc with previous attempts to play this fixture, both clubs agreed to complete the tie at a neutral venue and will line-up at the AJ Bell Stadium tonight.

The two clubs were drawn together in the first round of the competition over a month ago, but the original meeting between the sides was postponed due to a water-logged pitch at Kellamergh Park, whilst the rearranged tie ended in a thrilling 4-4 draw.

The hosts had led the match 3-0 through goals from Danny Rowe (2) and Danny Lloyd, but a remarkable second-half saw Skelmersdale score four goals in less than 20 minutes.

However, Rowe earned a replay in the dying moments when he tapped in his hat-trick at the back post.

The replay was due to take place a three weeks ago in Skelmersdale, but the match was called off. Pitch conditions didn’t improve and again the tie was postponed on January 5th and 11th before a neutral venue was agreed.

The Coasters remain unbeaten in 2016 following back-to-back wins in the National League North. 

Dave Challinor’s side saw off Chorley 1-0 in the opening match of the year and followed up with a comfortable victory over Gainsborough Trinity at the weekend.

Goals from Sam Finley and Danny Rowe secured a 2-0 victory that saw Fylde rise up to fourth in the league table.

The Coasters are now just four points off top with a game in hand on the leaders following Solihull Moors’ defeat to North Ferriby United on Saturday. 

Matty Hughes and Brad Barnes made welcome returns to the first team against Gainsborough and will be hoping to be involved this evening.

Skelmersdale are currently hovering dangerously above the relegation zone in the Evo-Stik Premier Division following a 4-0 defeat at the hands of second-placed Salford City on Saturday, however they have games in hand on all four teams below them. 

The winners of tomorrow evening’s tie will face the long trip to Eastbourne Borough in the second round of the competition.