Fylde grab first win of the season in style

Fylde v Rosslyn Park
Fylde v Rosslyn Park
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Fylde 29 Rosslyn Park 20

Fylde RFC produced an expansive, entertaining display to claim a crucial win in National League One, their first of the season.

Rosslyn Park took the lead with an early Harry Leonard penalty before Greg Smith levelled the scores with a penalty of his own for Fylde.

Rosslyn Park centre Andrew Henderson nearly broke clean through, but his opposite number Chris Briers stopped him with a timely tackle.

However, the respite was only temporary and the visitors continued to harass the Fylde line.

At the end of a flowing move Henderson shovelled the ball out to Daniel Barnes, who skirted over for a try, goaled by Leonard (3-10).

Fylde retaliated with a storming try by winger Tom Grimes - the move began when Rosslyn Park were penalised at a line-out.

Their defence was caught unawares and the ball was shipped across the park to Tom Grimes, who pressed the accelerator button to maximum effect as a 45-yard run took him over the try-line for an excellent, but unconverted score (8-10).y.

Fylde took the lead on the half hour.

Full-back Danny Carleton worked the opening with a mazy dash down the right-wing that troubled the Rosslyn Park defence no end - Fylde then deftly switched the point of attack across the field with some slick handling and it ended in style with Ben Gregory finding try-scorer Briers, who dashed in at the corner. Smith was wayward with his conversion (13-10).

On 38 minutes Fylde nudged further ahead thanks to a Smith penalty (16-10).

Nine minutes into the second half, Rosslyn Park went ahead.

The home side never recovered after hooker Ben Gregory lost possession after being on the end of a strong tackle and it was flanker Henry Spencer who finished the move as he plunged over the line, Leonard converting (16-17).

The see-saw encounter continued as Fylde gained a penalty after Rosslyn Park infringed at a scrum on 57 minutes and Smith did the job (19-17)

Next it was Fylde's turn to be pinged at a scrum and Leonard landed the kick to put his side ahead again on 62 minutes (19-20).

Fylde did get a try on 72 minutes, another splendid and certainly timely score.

They spread the play neatly through Smith in midfield before the always dangerous Carleton slipped a pass out to Henry Hadfield, who needed no second invitation to scoot in at the corner. Smith missed the conversion from wide out (24-20).

Fylde rounded off the afternoon in style as they got the win that they deserved

Carlton, who had been a thorn in Rosslyn Park's side all afternoon, showed tremendous pace on a diagonal run to score the killer, bonus point try (29-20).