This  feature divulges into the past and looks at the success that The Coasters have had since the re-branding as AFC Fylde. This feature is also in the match-day programmes for home games.

Barwell 0-3 AFC Fylde (12/10/13)

AFC Fylde took all three points away at Barwell in the Evo Stik Premier League in mid-October thanks to a fine 3-0 victory courtesy of goals from Matty Blinkhorn, Harry Winter and Jamie Rainford.

This was the first ever meeting between these two sides, and in a rain-sodden Leicestershire, The Coasters weathered the early storm from their hosts and the deadlock was broken after 26 minutes, Matty Blinkhorn got his head to a low ball and nodded in from six yards.

In first half stoppage time, Harry Winter fired home a loose ball for a 2-0 half time lead. Then in the last minute, Jamie Rainford raced through to add the third to put real gloss on the score line and it guaranteed a 7th league victory of the season.

Harry Winter was unlucky not to give Fylde a very early lead as he hit the post in only the second minute. None of Barwell’s efforts could find their way past the ever impressive Ben Hinchliffe in the Coasters goal who did well to deny the home side’s key player, Brehen, a goal or two.

After a good start by the home side, Blinkhorn headed in after 26 mins to give Fylde the lead. Michael Barnes sent a low cross into the six yard box from the right which was turned in from close range by Blinkhorn.

In first half stoppage time, Fylde notched an important second. Blinkhorn unleashed a shot from distance which Castle couldn’t hold onto and Winter was on hand to round the grounded keeper and fire low into the goal for a 2-0 lead.

If Winter hadn’t had played so well throughout the match, then Hinchliffe was a certain candidate for the Man of the Match award as he pulled off another fine save to deny Jamie Hood with just seven minutes remaining.

Rainford was desperate to score his first league goal for Fylde and he broke away with a minute left and there was no stopping the substitute striker this time as he surged into the area and side-footed past Castle to add Fylde’s third and get his account off the mark.

It was a deserved victory for The Coasters in the end, and their biggest away victory was still yet to come in what turned out to be an impressive season.

Other games from this week:

13/10/2012 We beat FC United 4-2 at home in the NPL Premier Divison on the way to a 5th place finish that season.

08/10/2011 We beat Trafford 4-1 away in the F.A. Trophy, but we were knocked out in the next round by Northwich Victoria.

09/10/2010 We beat Trafford again, this time a year earlier and in the NPL Division One North by 3 goals to 2 at home.