AFC Fylde’s pre-season campaign continued in the right direction, with a 3-1  win at Ossett United thanks to goals from Croasdale, Haughton and Willoughby.

The Coasters were off to a flyer, and took the lead in just the second minute, when Ryan Croasdale thumped it home from 20 yards, after a smart lay-off from Nick Haughton.

Ossett United keeper Souter had no chance with the powerful strike, as the side-footed effort nestled into the top left-hand corner.

The Coasters looked dangerous on every attack, with the likes of Haughton, Williams and Kosylo causing plenty of problems for Ossett.

Williams was unlucky not to net his first in a Fylde shirt, after nipping in to turn Louis Robles cutback just wide of the post.

Robles himself nearly found himself on the scoresheet, as Matty Kosylo’s dazzling run saw him charge into the box, but his cross for Robles was just overhit, and he couldn’t get a touch goalwards.

The Coasters soon had their second, however, and after being denied on a couple of occasions, Haughton finally found a way through.

After dribbling into a wide position, Haughton sent the ball low and goalwards from an acute angle – and a mistimed clearance ensured it found its way past Souter.

Second Half

After a quick start which saw Philliskirk fire over from the edge of the box, the home side grew into the occasion, and threatened Lavercombe in the Fylde goal.

Greaves had been looking for a chance to peg back Fylde throughout the game, after a free-kick landed into his path, courtesy of a deflection from Kyle Jameson, he did just that.

His low, powerful effort gave Lavercombe no chance, and although the Ossett fans were jubilant, the celebrations were cut short.

The linesman had judged Greaves to be in an offside position – however the referee came over to discuss this with him, and correctly, decided the goal would stand.

This breathed life into Ossett, who continued to forge chances against the Coasters, however, as the game came to its conclusion, one of the Fylde substitutes had the final say on the matter.

Netting his first goal in a Fylde shirt, Kurt Willoughby was on hand to capitalise on Souter’s mistake, and wrap up a 3-1 win for the Coasters in Yorkshire.


Ossett United: Souter, Mott, Chantler,. Trialist, Knowles. Stockdill, Guest, Vann, Greaves, Basic, Porritt.

Subs: Toulson, Lighthowler, Monkhouse, Foley, Gregory, Harrison,. Reeves, Trialist.

AFC Fylde: Lavercombe (T), Hemmings, Byrne, Whitmore, Burke, Croasdale, Marveggio (T), Haughton, Robles (T), Kosylo, Williams.

Subs: Duxbury, Jameson, Rowe, Philliskirk, Willoughby, Yeates, Green, Craigen (T).

T – Trialist