Nantwich T 0, AFC Fylde 3

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AFC Fylde showed their attacking prowess at the Weaver Stadium last night with a stunning second-half show.

Loan striker Richie Allen broke the deadlock in an explosive second period, then late strikes by Jack Dorney and Michael Barnes sealed the smash-and-grab win.

Nantwich, fresh from a 2-1 win at FC United, started well but Fylde had their first chance on 12 minutes, when Richie Allen got in behind the Dabbers defence but his pull-back could not find a team-mate.

All the action came from the flanks, with Dabbers widemen Sean Cook on the right and Lewis Short on the left a big threat.

On 29 minutes Fylde had a goal ruled out for offside after Allen had left Town full-back Moss for dead and crossed for Michael Barnes who slid the ball home. Nantwich then had a chance when Mark Beesley was free in the box but his shot was blocked by Matt Hughes.

On 33 minutes, Michael Taylor’s header from a corner was cleared off the line and Jack Dorney’s curled a 25-yarder over, while at the other end striker Beesley should have done better when he shot over from Will Jones’ flick and it remained stalemate at the break.

The home side had another spell of pressure as Sean Cook’s free-kick was tipped over superbly by Ben Hinchliffe.

Fylde took the lead on 53 minutes, when Joe Booth’s corenr was met at the nearpost by Allen, who headed past a hapless John Brain.

They soon came close to making it 2-0 when Michael Barnes dispossessed Zac Foster but his shot was saved well by Brain and James Dean’s follow-up effort was blocked.

Hinchliffe again showed his agility to save Lewis Short’s header from a free-kick.

Fylde put the game beyond doubt on 81 minutes, when Jack Dorney fired home in a goalmouth scramble after Brain saved well from Barnes from close range.

Hinchliffe saved from McDonald to deny Nantwich any way back and Fylde rounded off a great night’s work when Allen ran clear of two defenders and delivered a fabulous crossfield ball for Michael Barnes to strike, his shot deflected in off defender Chris Flynn.

It could have been more for Fylde in injury time as Barnes sprinted clear down the right but keeper Brain touched the ball around the post.

Manager Dave Challinor was delighted with the result and with his team’s second-half performance.

He said: “That was a massive three points. The lads were clinical in front of goal in the second half and it could have been more. I was also pleased with another clean sheet.”

AFC Fylde can look forward to Saturday’s trip to Bishop Auckland in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup.

Fylde: Hinchliffe, Haslam, Sumner, Hughes, Taylor, Barnes, Booth, Dorney (Steel), Dean (Farrell), Barnes, Allen; not used: Jarvis, McCarthy, Tennant.