COAST­ERS PUT SHOTS TO SWORD

The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE - By Ryan Lea

AFC FYLDE ended their goal drought as they put three past Alder­shot Town in a con­vinc­ing home win.

The Coast­ers dom­i­nated the match with first-half goals from Ryan Croas­dale and Ser­hat Tas­demir giv­ing them a 2-0 lead at the break. The per­for­mance was rounded off by Joe Car­dle who put the Fylde Coast side 3-0 up in the 62nd minute.

In the sev­enth minute, An­tigua and Bar­buda in­ter­na­tional Zaine Fran­cis-An­gol chipped in a lovely ball to Tas­demir, whose free header was cleared off the line by Alder­shot de­fender Luke Fowler.

Fylde con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate with Fran­cis-An­gol in­volved once again, this time he got past Luke How­ell and hit a low cross that some­how missed ev­ery­one.

Alder­shot strug­gled to get into the game. It wasn’t un­til the 28th minute that they mus­tered there first shot at goal. Ja­cob Berke­ley Agye­pong picked up the ball in space 25 yards out and let fly with a low ef­fort just wide of Jay Lynch’s right post.

In the 39th minute Car­dle whipped in a cor­ner, find­ing de­fender Neill Byrne. The Ir­ish­man nod­ded the ball into the path of Danny Rowe whose shot was cleared off the line and set the Shots away on a counter at­tack.

The ball found its way to Alder­shot cap­tain Jake Gal­lagher who forced Lynch into his first and only save of the game.

As the first half whis­tle ap­proached Tas­demir chipped in a cross which was cleared straight into the path of Croas­dale. The mid­fielder smashed the ball home from ten yards out, his first goal for the Fylde Coast side since his sum­mer move from Kid­der­min­ster Har­ri­ers.

Two min­utes later, Car­dle found space down the left and put a bril­liant ball straight to the head of young­ster Tased­mir, who nod­ded the ball home from six yards.

As the sec­ond half pro­gressed AFC Fylde looked like the only win­ners. Just af­ter the hour, they made it 3-0. Rowe put in an inch­per­fect cross to pick out Car­dle at the far post and the mid­fielder prod­ded the ball home.

The third goal seemed to de­flate Alder­shot, who are still to pick up a point on the road this sea­son. Byrne al­most made it 4-0 as he got on to the end of a drilled ball into the box from Danny Philliskirk.

Fylde never looked like con­ced­ing as Alder­shot failed to reg­is­ter a sin­gle shot in the sec­ond half. In the fi­nal min­utes,

the Coast­ers al­most in­creased the score­line as Rowe had his ef­fort tipped over by Ge­orge Legg.

Fran­cis-An­gol al­most made it four as the Coast­ers fin­ished the game in style, his right-footed shot was well saved by Legg who par­ried the ball out for a cor­ner.

STAR MAN: Joe Car­dle (Fylde) ATT: 1,470 EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★ REF­EREE: Marc Ed­wards 6/10

PIC­TURES: NLP pho­tog­ra­pher PIC­TURES: Steve McLel­lan

COASTING CLEAR: Ser­hat Tas­demir heads home AFC Fylde’s sec­ond goal

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