Fylde on the attack

Fylde v Vale of Lune'Harrison Collins scores for Fylde'By Chris Farrow
Fylde v Vale of Lune'Harrison Collins scores for Fylde'By Chris Farrow

FYLDE rugby club’s successful season in front of their home fans comes to a close tomorrow with a clash against Ealing Trailfinders.

To predict a try-fest could be tempting fate, but all the indications are that it should be an entertaining spectacle, with both sides committed to an attacking style.

The two sides, respectively third and second in National League One, have run in 262 tries between them.

Oli Brennand leads the Fylde try-scoring list with 27 touchdowns this season, while Ealing’s winger Phil Chesters is even more prolific, with 41 to his name so far.

Wing-forward Gavin Stewart is again ruled out for Fylde through injury, but the pack is boosted by the return of Josh Beaumont, who missed the 59-22 defeat by Blackheath last Saturday.

Fylde coach Mark Nelson is already planning ahead to next season, and he is hoping that the bulk of the squad will stay together.

He has been looking to recruit players, and has identified a couple of likely prospects for the first team, and he expects movement over the next week.

But at least two Fylde players are attracting interest from other clubs, though Nelson says he will do his utmost to keep them.

Fylde: Royle; Viney, C Briers, Waywell, Brennand; Kenyon, Wallwork; Griffiths, Roddam, Lavelle, Arnold, J Beaumont, Stephenson, McGinnis, S Beaumont. Replacements: Altham, Loney, Ferguson, Depledge, Collins.

n IF Fylde overcome Sedgley Park in the semi-final of the John Burgess Lancashire Cup on Wednesday night, they will have home advantage in the decider.

County cup finals day will take place at the Woodlands Memorial Ground on Bank Holiday Monday, May 7.

There will be two other matches at the Ansdell ground that day – the Sue Garnett Lancashire Cup Final (women’s competition) and the Lancashire Plate final.

Fylde won through to the semi-finals with a 33-12 win over Vale of Lune on Wednesday.