Fylde lose a thriller to Esher

Stephen Briers, among the scorers

Stephen Briers, among the scorers

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Esher 27, Fylde 24

A Luke Daniels penalty right at the death denied Fylde away to National League One high flyers Esher.

At one stage, Fylde led 24-10 thanks to tries by Chris Johnson, Stephen Briers, Oli Brennand and Steve McGinnis, but they couldn’t hold on.

Esher launched a major fightback during which Fylde were reduced to 14 men when Mark Rylance was yellow carded.

Two late tries by Esher and that last-gasp penalty meant Fylde missed out on a famous win.