Fylde full steam ahead at Railway

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Harrogate Railway 0, AFC Fylde 3

AFC Fylde maintained their 100 per cent start to their Evo-Stik First Division North campaign with this second 3-0 win over Yorkshire opposition.

With new signing James Heywood away, new player coach Scott McNiven stepped in at right-back – the only change to the starting line-up from Saturday’s home win over Garforth.

After a bright start, the Coasters had the first chance, when Matt Kay fired inches wide when well placed.

Railway fought back and had a good one-on-one opportunity when David Brown was thwarted by keeper Richard Whiteside, who spread himself well.

The home side had a penalty claim waved away after Liam Shepherd went down under a rash challenge by Micky Stringfellow on the edge of the box.

Dave Swarbrick and Paul Jarvis both had half-chances for Fylde before Joe Booth opened the scoring two minutes before the break.

The midfielder chased down a hopeful ball forward and he took full advantage of a hesitant Railway defence to lob keeper Parry.

The Coasters carried on from where they left off with a second goal two minutes after the interval.

Lee Thorpe fired home after some great wing play from Michael Barnes, who wriggled free of his marker and played in the big frontman.

Swarbrick added a third seven minutes later, smashing the ball home from close range for his second in as many games.

Fylde were well on top and creating plenty of chances – Barnes’ drive was well saved by Parry, then Matt Kay had a snapshot from the edge of the box which whistled just wide.

Sub Richie Allen injected even more pace into the attack and the tricky forward hit the foot of the post with a shot from a tight angle.

He was denied again minutes later, when he jinked past three defenders from halfway and thumped a rasping drive which shook the crossbar.

Manager Kelham O’Hanlon was delighted with another job well done. He said: “It’s always difficult travelling midweek at semi-pro level, after a day’s work and a long coach journey, but the lads dug in and got a great result.

“There could have been more goals but we kept another clean sheet. No-one is getting carried away but we go to Ossett this weekend with plenty of positives. ”

Fylde: Whiteside, McNiven, Jarvis, Stringfellow, Steel, Mercer, Booth (Penswick) , Kay (Wilson), Thorpe (Allen), Swarbrick, Barnes Not Used: Kusaloka, Doughty