AFC Fylde 3, Hednesford Town 1
Fylde’s first consecutive Conference wins have lifted them into the top five of Vanarama North and they could have scored a lot more.
After last Monday’s emphatic 5-0 win over Colwyn Bay, Dave Challinor’s side gave another commanding performance.
Although Danny Rowe’s first goal for the club had been cancelled out by half-time, the Coasters dominated the second period as Michael Potts and Richie Allen sealed the win before Potts and Caspar Hughes hit the woodwork.
Having never beaten Hednesford in three previous attempts, Fylde made a bright start, though Allen couldn’t beat keeper Dan Crane from Michael Barnes’ fourth-minute cross.
Fylde survived a big scare on 16 minutes, when the Pitmen squandered three attempts before keeper Ben Hinchliffe smothered the final close-range shot from Tom Peers.
The impressive Allen saw two more efforts go begging before Hednesford hit back, though chances for Danny Glover and Alex Melbourne were not capitalised on.
The deadlock was finally broken on 37 minutes, when Rowe looped a header over the full-stretch Crane from another Barnes cross.
After Liam Tomsett fired over from a well-worked move, the visitors equalised a minute before the break. Hinchliffe tipped Peers’ free-kick over the top but couldn’t deny him from the resulting corner as he beat the offside trap to loop the ball over the keeper.
Fylde started the second half well and Adam Sumner curled a decent effort over the bar before Potts finished an excellent team move for his fourth of the season on 57 minutes.
Man of the match Allen forced Crane to parry one shot and tip the follow-up over, the Fylde attacker then volleying narrowly over from the corner.
Tomsett should have hit the target with a free six-yard header from Barnes’ cross but Allen finally got on the scoresheet on 75 minutes, intercepting a poor back-pass 45 yards out and rounding the keeper for a tap-in.
Three minutes later, Potts diverted Allen’s cross on to a post from six yards and Hughes was unlucky to see his shot deflected against the bar with five minutes remaining, Allen racing in only to head the rebound straight into Crane’s arms.
A delighted Challinor said: “It was great to get another win on the board and to see things we worked on in training come off. We probably should have scored a few more and it was disappointing to concede just before half- time, but we showed great character in the second half.
“Danny Rose probably couldn’t buy a goal in the last two or three games, so it was great for him to get off the mark. It will do his confidence the world of good but we’ve got goalscorers all over the park.
“We’ve got a full week ahead of the trip to Oxford City, so we’ll prepare for that and iron out a few things we still need to work on.”