Anal­y­sis from around the grounds in the leagues

The Non-League Football Paper - - NEWS - By Dan Agnew

AFC FYLDE leapfrogged Dover Ath­letic into the play-offs with a su­perb win at Mill Farm.

The Coasters had lost their place in the top seven of the Na­tional League ta­ble af­ter backto-back de­feats, how­ever goals from Danny Rowe, Ser­hat Tas­demir and James Hardy can­celled out Mitch Pin­nock’s opener and en­sured Chris Kin­n­ear’s 1,500th game as a man­ager ended badly for him.

Fylde man­ager Dave Challi­nor was de­lighted that his side’s hard work paid div­i­dends: “We knew if we kept plug­ging away then we would get some joy. Thank­fully we got what we de­served in the fi­nal 20 min­utes. We had some real fire­power on the bench and that proved to be the dif­fer­ence.

Dover stal­wart Kin­n­ear said: “We came out af­ter the break, looked quite lively and scored a de­cent goal. When we went 2-1 down we had a bit of a go but they hit us with an­other at the end. The ta­ble is still very tight and it should be an in­ter­est­ing fin­ish to the sea­son.”

Dover en­joyed some early pres­sure and a loose ball al­most fell per­fectly to Pin­nock, but Jay Lynch was quick off his line to claim at the winger’s feet.

Rowe hit back with a real chance when picked out by a per­fectly weighted pass from Fin­ley, but goal­keeper Mitch Walker made a fine point-black save.

There was lit­tle in the game as half-time ap­proached al­though both sides had chances to make the break­through. Fin­ley’s left-footed strike from the 18-yard line al­most squirmed un­der­neath Walker, while Ryan Bird dragged a strike just wide of the far post up at the other end. De­spite of­fer­ing lit­tle go­ing for­ward af­ter the restart, it was the vis­i­tors who took the lead. Josh Pass­ley drove down the right be­fore de­liv­er­ing a de­light­ful cross to the back post that was harder to miss for Pin­nock. A mo­ment of magic was re­quired to drag the hosts back into the con­test. Top scorer Rowe beat his marker , nicked the ball past an­other chal­lenge and placed a fine left-footed strike into the op­po­site cor­ner from 18 yards. The come­back was com­plete when Tas­demir, in­tro­duced just five min­utes ear­lier, lashed a low shot past the help­less Walker. The re­sult was put to bed in added time – Tas­demir was un­lucky to see his ef­fort across goal come back off the post, but thank­fully fel­low sub­sti­tute Hardy was on hand to slot home the re­bound.

PIC­TURE: Steve Mclel­lan

SEAL­ING THE DEAL: James Hardy is mobbed af­ter the third

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