Trafford 1, AFC Fylde 4
TOM Cahill made it six goals in three games with a brace in the Coasters’ fourth successive Evo-Stik First Division North win, scoring the opener after just 25 seconds.
The in-form home side had won at Clitheroe and Chorley in the past week but were lacklustre against fourth-placed Town, who look secure in the play-off zone with a 13-point cushion.
Fylde made the perfect start, dispossessing Trafford straight from the kick-off before Michael Barnes crossed for Cahill to carry on where he left off after a midweek hat-trick against Lancaster.
The play was end-to end in the early stages but Fylde doubled their lead on 25 minutes, when excellent build-up play ended with Matt Mahoney slotting in at the near post.
Sterling work in the middle by Fylde captain Ricky Mercer and by wingers Paul Jarvis and Barnes ensured Fylde remained in control, with Matty Kay also in the thick of the action in his comeback match after four weeks out with a fractured arm. The home side created a handful of chances themselves but on 39 minutes the game was wrapped up when Jarvis fed Cahill, who barged past the last defender to fire into the gaping net.
It was game over at half-time with Fylde 3-0 up. The second half was more even, though the visitors did score again on 58 minutes.
Mahoney won the ball on the edge of Trafford’s box and played in Barnes, who chipped the keeper from ten yards out.
Trafford’s frustration boiled over with 15 minutes to play, when Joe Shaw received a straight red card for a lunge at Ryan Elderton.
However, the ten men rallied and Kyle Harrop scored an 89th minute consolation when his looping cross ended up in the back of Lewis Edge’s goal. However, this was a fine Fylde performance in the exciting race for play-off positions and manager Kelham O’Hanlon was delighted.
He said: “In the end it was more comfortable than I thought. Scoring in the first minute settled everybody down and set us up for a thoroughly convincing win.
“Trafford were on the back of a fantastic win at Chorley, so we were expecting a really tough game.
“We played very well indeed and scored some fabulous goals.”
O’Hanlon will be hoping for some more at home to Cammell Laird tomorrow (7.45pm).
Fylde: Edge, Lawlor (Townson), Elderton, Doughty, Stringfellow (Steel), Mercer, Kay, Mahoney, Cahill (Walwyn), Jarvis, Barnes; not used: Bell, Stevenson,