AFC Fylde 4, Kendal 0

Bradley Barnes scores for Fylde
Bradley Barnes scores for Fylde
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Fylde ended a two-game losing run with this drubbing of a makeshift Kendal Town.

Bradley Barnes fired them in front on 29 minutes but it was a second-half double from Jack Dorney which sealed all three points for the Coasters before Michael Barnes added a superb goal.

Manager Dave Challinor was desperate for a reaction from his players and got one as they dominated throughout.

Kendal’s former Fleetwood keeper Craig Dootson, sent off in the previous meeting between the two sides for fighting with Harry Winter, kept his side in the game early on as Fylde squandered plenty of chances – they could have scored at least three times in the opening five minutes

Winter, Dorney, Richie Allen, Adam Farrell and Mike Barnes were causing chaos for the visiting defence before captain Brad Barnes opened the scoring.

Dorney’s free-kick found the head of Michael Taylor, whose header was well saved by Dootson, who also denied Adam Farrell and Harry Winter.

Allen’s mazy run to the bye-line finally brought a breakthrough as his cross across the face of the goal enabled Barnes to score into an empty net.

The visitors then had a brief spell of possession before half time but Mike Rushton and Dean Overson failed to trouble goalkeeper Ben Hinchliffe from distance and Fylde went in 1-0 up at the break.

The Coasters doubled their lead nine minutes into the second half. Mike Barnes received a fantastic ball from Winter on the left and cut inside, beat his marker and squared for Dorney who blasted past Dootson.

Dorney added his second, and Fylde’s third on 68 minutes. Farrell barged his way into the box only to see his effort parried by the keeper into the path of Dorney, who had time to round the grounded Dootson and slot home. Mike Barnes sealed another man-of-the-match performance by adding Fylde’s fourth four minutes later. Again he beat his marker on the right and curled the ball over Dootson and in off the far post.

Dorney should have completed his hat-trick from Paul Jarvis’ excellent cross, but he fired wide from close range. Young substitute Brad Carsley couldn’t quite connect with another Jarvis cross four minutes from the end.

Challinor was full of praise for his side. He said: “You can only beat what’s put in front of you and everybody knows Kendal have struggled.

“It was a game we had to win and I suppose the only disappointment is that we should have been out of sight in the first 20 minutes.”

The victory sets his side up nicely for Stocksbridge Park Steels’ visit to Kellamergh Park on Saturday.

CHRIS PARK

AFC Fylde: Hinchliffe, Haslam, Sumner, Steel, Taylor, B. Barnes (C) (Hughes 55), Dorney, Winter, Farrell (Carsley 80), M. Barnes, Allen (Jarvis 70): Subs not used: Bannister, Kusaloka.