Special Kay gives Fylde dream start

AFC Fylde v Garforth Town. Dave Swarbrick.
AFC Fylde v Garforth Town. Dave Swarbrick.
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AFC Fylde 3, Garforth Town 0

A goal inside three minutes got Fylde’s Evo-Stik First Division North campaign off to a perfect start but the Leeds visitors proved resilient from then on.

Matty Kay scored the Coasters’ first goal of the season, smashing the ball home from 18 yards after collecting a cross from Michael Barnes, before debut strikes by Dave Swarbrick and Ritchie Allen sealed the win.

Fylde could have doubled their lead before the game was five minutes old after a fine run down the right by Swarbrick. His cross was headed narrowly over by fellow debutant striker Lee Thorpe.

Garforth survived a penalty shout for handball and gradually gained a foothold in the contest, striker Paul Walker seeing his sho palmed away for a corner by new Fylde keeper Rick Whiteside.

On 28 minutes, home man of the match Glenn Steel was denied what looked a certain goal when his effort from a corner was deflected wide by team-mate Thorpe.

Garforth began to press late in the half as Walker and Chris Howarth both went close to an equaliser.

Fylde began the second half just as they did the first, with a third minute goal. Kay was almost the scorer again after fine build-up play, but this time his shot smacked against the post for Swarbrick to pounce.

Garforth then had a ten-minute spell of pressure only for Steel and Mick Stringfellow to keep them at bay.

Steel still found time to fly upfield in search of a goal and the centre-back was unlucky to see one attempt blocked.

Allen came off the bench with 15 minutes to go and was almost immediately denied a goal, when he was adjudged offside after Barnes’ shot rebounded off the keeper following a run from halfway.

But Allen, starting his second stint with the club, did get on the scoresheet with three minutes remaining, when Barnes followed another exciting run by squaring the ball for the striker to finish in style.

The first away fixture of the season for Kelham O’Hanlon’s side takes them to Harrogate Railway tomorrow (7.45pm).

Fylde: Whiteside, Heywood, Jarvis, Stringfellow, Steel, Mercer, Booth, Kay (Wilson 87), Thorpe, Swarbrick (Allen 76), Barnes (Waddington 87); not used: Penswick, McNiven.