AFC Fylde 3 Witton Albion 1
Two injury-time goals from Keigan Parker on his home debut gave AFC Fylde all three points last night.
Joe Booth had given the home side the lead after 18 minutes on his 150th appearance for the club, but they were pegged back four minutes before half-time.
After a scrappy opening, Paul Jarvis’ curling free-kick was fumbled by keeper Matt Cooper after 18 minutes and the ball rebounded off a post for Joe Booth to fire in from close range.
Despite trailing, Witton looked dangerous through Andrews and Alex Titchiner.
Michael Barnes won the ball on 25 minutes and crossed for Ritchie Allen, who could not get the ball out from under his feet and it was cleared.
Nine minutes later, Booth shot wide from a cross by Allen.
The equaliser came from a long distance volley by Danny Andrews, after a clearance by Matty Kay was intercepted 30 yards out.
Albion made the brighter start to the second half as Titchiner, Andrews and Josh Hancock all had chances.
The Coasters began to take control in the final 15 minutes as Glenn Steel narrowly failed to connect with Booth’s high free-kick and an excellent passing moved ended with Allen setting up Booth, who shot just wide.
Parker finally made the breakthrough in the 91st minute, when he was brought down just outside the area by Paul Booth, who was sent off.
Parker dusted himself down to strike a beautiful free-kick into the top corner.
Two minutes later, the visitors were dead and buried thanks as Allen’s ball across the face of goal enabled Parker to score into an empty net.
This win lifts Fylde to fifth in Evo-Stik First Division North, three points behind leaders Skelmersdale, and should give the Coasters a confidence boost ahead of Saturday’s grudge-match at home to Chorley in the FA Cup first qualifying round.
AFC Fylde: McDonald, Heywood, Jarvis, Stringfellow, Steel (C), Penswick, Booth, Kay, Allen, Parker, Barnes; Subs not used: McNiven, Mercer, Doughty, Wilson.