AFC Fylde 6, Accrington Stanley 0
A youthful and experimental Stanley side were torn apart in a blistering first 25 minutes by AFC Fylde at Kellamergh Park last night.
The League Two fielded a number of new signings and trialists.
The scoring began in the seventh minute, when Harry Winter volleyed home a Paul Jarvis cross, then Glenn Steel fired in a rebounded shout from six yards on 14 minutes.
Jarvis then turned goalscorer himself two minutes later, firing in from the edge of the box and then Michael Barnes ended the first quarter onslaught with a goal after 23 minutes following Dean’s rebounded shot.
Two minutes before the break, James Dean made it five and a trialist rounded off the scoring six minutes into the second half.
Before the first goal was even scored, Winter and Dean both failed to convert gilt-edged chances for the Coasters.
Ryan Hopper was unlucky not to equalise in the 11th minute but saw his header go out off the bar.
Winter and even left-back Adam Sumner also tried their luck in the first half before Dean registered his first goal for the Coasters, rising to head Adam Carden’s perfect cross past Andrew Dawber.
Both sides made plenty of changes during the second half. Fylde defender Matty Hughes did well to track back on 56 minutes and clear a shot off the line.
Stanley began to create more chances, but Fylde weathered the storm and Dean had a fantastic effort well saved by Dawber on 70 minutes. Ten minutes later, Brad Barnes sent the keeper scuttling back to his line with a 60-yard clearance that almost went in.
It was another win and clean sheet for Fylde, which delighted manager Dave Challinor, who said: “I thought in the first half we were fantastic and the creative play was brilliant. Having six goals from six different players was pleasing to see. It’s also nice for new lads to get a goal and we’ve got massive competition for places.”
Fylde now look forward to two games in North Wales on Saturday against Connah’s Quay (noon) and then Rhyll (3pm).
Fylde: Hinchliffe (McDonald 46), Carden (McCarthy 46), Sumner (Trialist 46), Hughes, Steel (C) (Doughty 46), Kay (B. Barnes 46), Booth, Winter (Farrell 46), Dean, Jarvis, M. Barnes.