FYLDE JUST COASTING WITH DANNY

The Non-League Football Paper - - VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE - By Dan Agnew

DANNY Rowe’s stun­ning late strike sealed a de­served 2-1 vic­tory for play-off chas­ing AFC Fylde whilst pour­ing more mis­ery on strug­gling Guise­ley.

Guise­ley’s James Roberts thought he had earned a point af­ter can­celling out Jonny Smith’s neat opener, how­ever Rowe’s 30-yard free-kick two min­utes from time lifted Fylde to within three points of the pro­mo­tion places.

The hosts al­most made the break­through in­side three min­utes when Zaine Fran­cisAn­gol raced through on goal, how­ever his strike was well smoth­ered by Joseph Green in the Guise­ley goal.

Andy Bond cre­ated a glo­ri­ous chance to put the Coast­ers ahead when Smith latched on to his looped ball over the top and al­though the winger beat a hes­i­tant Green to the ball, his shot flashed wide of the far post.

The on-loan star wasn’t to be de­nied for much longer. A ball over the top from Jor­dan Tun­ni­cliffe was flicked on and Smith nipped in be­tween the two cen­tre­halves be­fore slot­ting the ball into the bot­tom corner.

Af­ter a lull in play, Guise­ley hit back with an equaliser out of the blue when Roberts headed home from close range. The goal gave Guise­ley a re­newed lease of life as Roberts tested Jay Lynch with a sting­ing drive from 25 yards. Lynch pulled off the save of the af­ter­noon on the hour when Rowan Liburd’s pow­er­ful strike was re­mark­ably kept out by the fore­arm of the in-form keeper. But just two min­utes from time, Rowe struck. Af­ter be­ing brought down 30 yards from goal, he crashed home the free-kick. Guise­ley’s Dayle Southwell al­most nicked a share of the spoils at the death, how­ever Lynch pulled off another fab­u­lous save. Fylde boss Dave Challi­nor said: “We had enough chances to win three games. The longer it went on we just thought it was go­ing to be one of those days, but we thor­oughly de­served the points.” Guise­ley’s Paul Cox re­mained up­beat de­spite fall­ing nine points from safety: “The dif­fer­ence was in the two boxes. Their lad Rowe has smashed one in at one end and then we have one clawed out of the top corner a minute later at the other.”

PIC­TURE: Greig Ber­tram

HE’S AT IT AGAIN: Danny Rowe is mobbed by team­mates af­ter bag­ging AFC Fylde’s win­ner in the 88th minute

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