AFC Fylde 1-0 Lancaster City

THERE WAS Bank Holiday upset for the Dolly Blues on Monday as they were narrowly beaten by high-flying AFC Fylde.

Before the game the sides were league’s apart in terms of form, in the past six games the Dolly Blues had won one whereas the Coasters were in some serious form under new manager Dave Challinor with five victories.

On the pitch, on the day, the Dolly Blues were more than a match for the second placed side and it took an 80th minute strike from Bradley Barnes to deny them.

It was a familiar tale for City, an unfortunate one that they need to put right, that they did not put the ball into the back of the net when they dominated Fylde in a quality first-half of football.

The wind swirled from right-to-left and pinned City’s play to their left-wing, giving Tom Wood plenty of time on the ball to run at this full-back and cross, on another day if his radar was a little sharper the young winger could have created a few more chances, as it was he carved out their best opportunity.

He exchanged passes with Lee Dodgson and surged to the by-line, his pull back fell to Joe Bunney on the edge of the six-yard box but the England schoolboy International could not get his feet sorted to make good enough contact and side-footed straight at the ‘keeper.

See the Lancaster Guardian (05-01-12) for full story.