COOL KOROMA FLAT­TENS FYLDE

AFC FYLDE 1 Rowe 20 LEY­TON ORI­ENT 3 Bonne 5, Koroma 43, 51

The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE - By Jack Con­nor

AFINE brace from Josh Koroma in­spired Ley­ton Ori­ent to an im­pres­sive vic­tory over fel­low pro­mo­tion chasers AFC Fylde at Mill Farm.

The East Lon­don­ers were clin­i­cal as Koroma’s brace added to Macau­ley Bonne’s early strike, ear­lier can­celled out by AFC Fylde’s top scorer Danny Rowe.

Fylde made two changes to the side that had beaten Gateshead on Tues­day night with Serhat Tas­demir and Luke Burke re­plac­ing Gime Toure and Arlen Birch. Dale Gor­man and Joe Wid­dow­son re­turned for Ley­ton Ori­ent re­plac­ing Myles Judd and James Bro­phy.

The vis­i­tors took the lead just four min­utes in. Koroma pushed Jor­dan Tun­ni­cliffe off the ball and squared for Bonne to fire past Jay Lynch from 12 yards.

Ori­ent were forced into an early change as Char­lie Lee went off in­jured and was re­placed by James Bro­phy who im­pressed down the left wing.

The Coast­ers grew into the game and were level on 20 min­utes. Ryan Croas­dale found Rowe in space 25 yards out and the pro­lific front­man made no mis­take fir­ing past keeper Dean Brill into the bot­tom left cor­ner.

New Fylde sign­ing Nick Haughton showed his abil­ity in twice drop­ping the shoul­der and test­ing Brill from range.

Ori­ent re­gained the lead just two min­utes be­fore the break with a piece of magic from Koroma. The young winger burst through two Fylde de­fend­ers be­fore curl­ing the ball past Lynch into the top right cor­ner to the de­light of the near 400 trav­el­ling sup­port­ers.

Fylde started the sec­ond half brighter but it was Ori­ent who would ex­tend their lead. Tun­ni­cliffe mis­judged the bounce of the ball and Bonne slipped in Koroma who was al­lowed to run at goal and wrong foot Lynch with a strike into the near left cor­ner.

Fylde con­tin­ued to search for a way back into the game, but Ori­ent re­mained dis­ci­plined at the back and frus­trated the hosts. Brill was forced into a smart save to deny a shot on the turn from Tas­demir.

Toure and Joe Car­dle came on for the Coast­ers in the fi­nal half hour and whilst both had some suc­cess down the right side nei­ther could test Brill.

Ori­ent con­tin­ued to frus­trate and could have had a fourth in added time. Koroma un­leash­ing an­other pow­er­ful ef­fort but this time Lynch was able to parry the ball away for a cor­ner.

Ori­ent move up to sec­ond in the ta­ble with Fylde slip one place to sixth.

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