This feature looks back on previous AFC Fylde results week by week. This time, we look back on the opening day demolition of Brackley Town at Kellamergh Park from the 2014-15 season……
AFC Fylde 4-0 Brackley Town (9/8/14)
The start to life in a new division could not have gone any better for The Coasters as they finished the opening day top of the Vanarama Conference North thanks to a rampant display over Brackley Town.
The visitors only arrived at 15:20 due to traffic problems on the motorway meaning the game kicked off almost an hour late and inevitably Fylde were the ones who gained a strong foothold on the game.
Fylde started with three new signings in their side and it was one of those that scored the opening goal three minutes before the break in Michael Potts. Richie Allen scored a trademark solo goal of his own eleven minutes into the second half before Joe Booth added the third on the hour and Danny Lloyd rounded off the rout with a peach of his own twelve minutes before the end.
Fellow new signing Tom Hannigan also headed wide on thirty-one minutes before Danny Rowe, who had only signed the previous week, had a shot blocked by a defender before Allen’s curled effort was tipped around the post at full stretch by Brackley’s goalkeeper.
Potts sent another chance wide of the mark but three minutes later Allen sent an excellent cross into the box which Potts headed into the net for a deserved lead just before the break. The Coasters carried on where they left off in the second period as they took the game to a beleaguered Brackley. Allen collected the ball 30 yards out before edging his way towards the box and sent a sublime curling effort into the back of the new to double Fylde’s lead.
Former Fleetwood striker Rowe was unlucky not to get on the score sheet himself at times but he was able to square the ball to Booth for the third as he shot low into the left corner making it 3-0. Allen went close again soon after, smacking another curling shot onto the post before substitute Danny Lloyd rounded off the victory by adding a fourth to put extra gloss on the score.
Coasters XI: Hinchlffe, Denson, Sumner, Langley, Hannigan, B. Barnes (C), Booth (Tomsett 83), Potts, Rowe, M. Barnes (Lloyd 75), Allen (Noon 84) – Subs not used: C. Hughes, Charles.
GOALS: Michael Potts (42), Richie Allen (56), Booth (60), Lloyd (78)
MOM: Michael Potts (AFC Fylde)
Let’s hope we can write more history tomorrow afternoon against Solihull Moors in our first game of the 2015-16 season!