Big Ben hero in cup drama

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AFC FYLDE are still fighting on two cup fronts after a dramatic penalty shoot-out win at Nantwich Town.

They won 3-1 on penalties after the scores were locked at 2-2 after extra time - the Coasters now meet Solihull Moors in the third qualifying round of the FA Carlsberg Trophy.

Their hero was goalkeeper Ben Hinchliffe.

Goals from James Dean and Adam Farrell twice gave Fylde the lead but Chris Flynn and Caspar Hughes pegged them back each time for the home side.

Into the shoot-out and Fylde’s Booth, Sumner and Dean comfortably converted their penalties while Kyle Wilson scored Nantwich’s first.
Christian Smith hit the bar with the Town’s second penalty and then Hinchliffe pulled off two fantastic saves to deny Sean Cooke and Niall Maguire and set up a second meeting of the season with Blue Square North’s Solihull Moors a week on Saturday.

Manager Dave Challinor, whose side host Accrington Stanley in the first round of the FA Cup on Saturday, was relieved.

He said: “It would have been good to win in normal time but at the end of the day it’s a win and we progress in yet another cup competition.

“The most disappointing factor for me is that we’ve gone ahead twice and not been able to defend the lead when I never really felt overly threatened if I’m honest.

“Their two goals came from out of the blue and we just lacked a little bit of care in the final third.

n AFC Blackpool ground out a 2-0 win at home to struggling Ashton Athletic last night.

Shane Hull opened the scoring on 15 minutes. Stephen Pickup sealed the points in the last minute.