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The Coasters won through to the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy at the second attempt against a side from the division below them in the Evo-Stik League.

Both of Fylde’s goals came in the first half of this replay, Andy Russell poking in a rebounded corner inside 11 minutes before Harry Winter doubled the advantage three minutes before the break.

But the home side were handed a lifeline on 69 minutes when Danny Mitchley won a penalty, and although his spot-kick was saved by Ben Hinchliffe, Danny McGeechan was there to nod home the rebound and set up an exciting final 20 minutes.

The game was very open and end-to-end in the early stages and Kendal should have took the lead with just 13 seconds on the clock – McGeechan raced through the two centre-backs but his firs- time effort sailed inches wide.

With only four minutes gone, Michael Barnes curled a free-kick narrowly wide of Kendal’s goal from 20 yards and two minutes later Winter’s first chance was sent straight at Dootson’s legs.

Former Seasider Danny Coid then sent a free-kick wide of Fylde’s goal and Russell opened the scoring a minute later. Barnes’ corner wasn’t cleared and Russell was on hand to guide the loose ball into the bottom corner for a deserved lead.

As in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Kellamergh Park, Kendal’s former Fleetwood keeper Craig Dootson was proving difficult to beat and he was on hand to deny 16-year-old Ryan Charnley a goal on his first start for the Coasters.

Halfway through the first period, Kendal should have equalised with two gilt-edged chances that were denied by a header off the line from Winter and then a fine save from Hinchliffe.

On the half-hour mark, a corner wasn’t cleared by the Kendal defence and Saturday’s scorer Matty Blinkhorn blasted his shot inches wide from a tight angle.

Then two minutes later, Winter had another chance to score but Dootson’s legs again saved the day for Kendal.

Winter’s goal finally came on 42 minutes, when some excellent approach play resulted in Barnes sending over a pin-point cross for Winter to smash into the roof of Kendal’s net.

The second half was decidedly more even as Kendal pressed forward. Rob Wilson tried a shot from all of 35 yards but Hinchliffe watched the ball all the way to catch well. Then on 55 minutes, McGeechan shot into the side-netting for the home side.

Kendal won a penalty on 69 minutes, when Bradley Barnes brought down Mitchley. McGeechan won the race to the rebound when Hinchliffe saved Mitchley’s spot-kick and had no trouble heading into an open net from 10 yards.

That goal proved to be only a consolation for Kendal as substitute Danny Lloyd had the best of the late chances, shooting straight at Dootson on 76 and 81 minutes.

Fylde boss Dave Challinor was delighted to clinch a tie away to Evo-Stik Northern Premier rivals Rushall Olympic in the next round on Saturday week. He said: “I thought we played really well in the first half and deserved to be in front by the margin we were.

“Getting the first goal was a big boost, and I felt we grew into the game. Obviously, their goal changes it a bit and gives them a bit of momentum. We had a few scares but I thought it was a much- improved performance, which is really pleasing.

Fylde welcome Whitby Town to Kellamergh Park this weekend with a 3pm kick-off.


AFC Fylde: Hinchliffe, Hankin (Denson 59), Sumner, M. Hughes (C), Russell, C. Hughes, B. Barnes, Winter, Blinkhorn, M. Barnes, Charnley (Lloyd 66); Subs not used: Rainford, Dorney, Booth.