AFC Fylde 0, Bamber Bridge 2
The Coasters suffered a second defeat in a week against their Evostik First Division North neighbours as the lights literally went out on their title challenge at Kellamergh Park last night.
The highlight of an uneventful first half was a floodlight failure which halted play for ten minutes.
The home side were far from their usually electric selves and keeper Dave Stevenson pulled off a good save from a Mike Gallier’s volley early on.
At the other end, Brig keeper, Ben Hinchliffe did well to keep out a Kevin Townson drive after the Coasters striker turned and shot following a well directed free-kick by Micky Stringfellow on 27 minutes.
Fylde tried to take the game to their Brig but the visitors’ defence proved resolute.
Their skipper Michael White headed over on 34 minutes following a dangerous in-swinging corner by Alistair Waddecar.
Brig then found themselves in front one the stroke of half-time when Waddecar’s dangerous cross deflected off Fylde home debutant Glenn Steel and past his own keeper to give the visitors the lead at the break.
In the second period Brig continued to press an out of sorts Fylde.
Striker Peter Wright headed over the bar from lively winger Waddecar’s deep cross from the right soon after the restart.
Fylde hit back with a short spell of pressure as Matt Lawlor broke down the right and played in a lovely ball for the returning Tom Cahill’s header flashed wide.
Fylde’s 20-goal striker Townson then had a great opening for Fylde when well placed in the six-yard box but he dwelled on the ball too long and his shot was blocked for a corner.
Waddecar saw a header fly inches wide following a surging run down the left from attacking full-back Martin Crowder.
And Brig’s persistence finally paid off when Waddecar tucked the ball home on 71 minutes, when Stevenson could only parry Crowder’s teasing free-kick into path of nippy winger.
Coasters sub Andy Bell then saw a header creep past the upright but it was a night to forget for the home side, who will no doubt be looking to get back to basics.
Fylde will be hoping this current run of poor form is temporary and they have a chance to get the season back on track with another home game this Saturday against Garforth Town.
There was no post-match comment from Fylde boss Kelham O’Hanlon, who locked the dressing room doors after the game to give his side some home truths.
They have slipped to fifth in the table after Curzon Ashton and Skelmersdale leapfrogged them on goal difference with wins last night as the race for play-off places hots up.
Fylde: Stevenson, Lawlor, Hills, Steel (Doughty), Stringfellow, Kay, Booth Jarvis (Bell), Cahill, Townson (Walwyn), Barnes; subs not used: Mahoney, Elderton