AFC Fylde 1 North Ferriby Utd 0

James Dean is brought down just outside the box
James Dean is brought down just outside the box
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Fylde recorded their first win in the Evo-Stik premier division but it wasn’t a classic at Kellamergh Park.

Coasters manager Dave Challinor made changes to his starting line-up after the 2-1 defeat by Ashton United, bringing in Jimmy McCarthy and Phil Doughty.

Adam Farrell was named on the bench after missing the first two games through suspension.

North Ferriby had some early pressure and Liam King forced a save from home keeper Ben Hinchliffe.

Former FC Halifax striker James Dean was the home side’s biggest threat with his no-nonsense style, throwing himself at crosses from widemen McCarthy and Michael Barnes to no avail.

Michael Barnes had a chance when he was played in by Brad Barnes but the keeper smothered the ball.

The goal which proved the winner arrived on 33 minutes, when Harry Winter struck.

The midfielder picked up a bouncing ball outside the box and hit a looping shot over keeper Adam Nicklin, who was off his line.

Fylde deserved their half-time lead and the visitors stood firm in defence after the break, frustrating the Coasters as they sought for the breathing-space of a second goal.

Winger Michael Barnes went clean through but Nicklin rushed out of his goal to smother the ball. A carbon copy chance moments later again saw Nicklin quick enough to thwart the danger.

Booth was the next to be denied by Nicklin, who tipped over his lob expertly, before the midfielder fired inches wide from distance.

Farrell and Jack Dorney gave fresh legs to Fylde’s attack late on but the second goal proved elusive.

The visitors rallied in the closing stages, and although this came to nothing they did give the home supporters with some nervy moments with two corners in injury time and a 25-yard effort from Ryan Kendall which Hinchliffe had to tip around the post.

Challinor was happy to get the first win under his side’s belt ahead of this afternoon’s trip to Kendal. The manager said: “There was still a hangover from Tuesday early on in the game, with the players a little edgy.

“We didn’t play as well as I would have liked but it was important we got the win and got back to keeping clean sheets.

“Barnesy had three one on ones, so we should have made it easier for ourselves, but we are now off and running and we go to Kendal looking for points.

“It’s a bank holiday derby, and we have to make sure we do our jobs and get another win that moves us up the table.”

Fylde: Hinchliffe, Doughty, Sumner, Hughes, Steel, B Barnes, McCarthy, Winter, Dean (Farrell), Booth (Dorney), Barnes; not used: Kay, McDonald, Carden.