AFC Fylde 4 Whitby Town 3
JACK Dorney’s hat-trick on his full Fylde debut sealed their second Evo-Stik Premier win in a Kellamergh Park thriller.
Dorney was called into the starting line-up ahead of Richie Allen, who has returned to the club on loan from Fleetwood Town.
Michael Barnes gave the home side a third-minute lead only for the visitors to equalise straight from the restart as Graeme Armstrong made the most of some poor defending to score from close range. The Coasters were then caught napping again as Kevin Burgess scored from a corner to make it 2-1 after only six minutes.
It took an outstanding save by Ben Hinchliffe to deny Nathan Mulligan a third for winless Whitby but Fylde bounced back, and after Joe Booth’s header hit the bar parity was restored on the half-hour as Dorney fired home from Paul Jarvis’ free-kick. Then in a frantic few seconds, Harry Winter’s header was cleared off the line and Barnes’ chip was caught by backpeddling Whitby keeper Nick Liversedge.
It remained 2-2 at half-time after James Dean was ruled offside when he headed home a Jarvis cross. Dorney made it 3-2 on 65 minutes only for Alexander White to tie it up again five minutes later.
The busy Liversedge tipped over striker Dean’s header, then twice raced out of his goal to thwart the pacy Barnes. But Dorney was not to be denied his treble, latching on to a superb Barnes cross from the left to net the winner on 71 minutes. Liversedge denied late substitute Allen a debut goal, turning his shot inches wide.
Fylde boss Dave Challinor said: “The game epitomised our season so far, with plenty of goals but too many at the wrong end for my liking. We score early but give teams a chance when switch off again. After the interval we looked like we could win comfortably, but we are not doing our jobs defensively. It shouldn’t take four goals to win a game!”.
Fylde visit pacesetters Ashton United on Wednesday.