AFC Fylde boss pays tribute to academy youngster

Manager Jim Bentley says everyone at AFC Fylde has been deeply affected by the death of academy player Luke Bennett.

The 17-year-old from Chorley was electrocuted in a tragic accident last Saturday.

Bentley said: “I’d just say as first-team manager that this has hit everyone hard, particularly within the youth team set-up.

“All the players and staff at the club who knew Luke are devastated by this tragedy and our hearts go out to all his family and friends.

AFC Fylde manager Jim Bentley Picture: Steve McLellan

“Luke was a likeable lad making good progress at the club. He had a reputation as a joyful character who was liked by everyone in the youth set-up.

“While we are concerning ourselves with whether or not our season will continue, this terrible event really puts everything into perspective.”

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