AFC Fylde hit late winner to deny Frickley Athletic a point

ON THE SCORESHEET: Jason Yates got on the scoresheet at Fylde but it was not enough to save Frickley from defeat
ON THE SCORESHEET: Jason Yates got on the scoresheet at Fylde but it was not enough to save Frickley from defeat

Frickley Athletic were denied a point late on for the second successive game as the Blues went down 3-2 at AFC Fylde on Tuesday night.

Adam Farrell scored a stoppage-time winner for Fylde to thwart Karl Rose’s men just three days after the South Elmsall side fell to a late defeat by the same scoreline at Nantwich Town.

The battling Blues will feel they deserved something from both matches but at least Rose can take positives from his side’s performances in both instances ahead of the big Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup final at Hillsborough next month.

Fylde started well and sought the early advantage but Blues goalkeeper Jamie Green did well to smother an 18-yard shot from Sean Cooke after 15 minutes.

Frickley’s first effort came shortly after when Danny Walsh struck a first-time 25-yard effort that whistled inches wide of goal.

Fylde goalkeeper Ben Hinchliffe blocked a Jamie Wootton effort as the Blues started to find their feet, and the same player rattled the bar with a shot on the turn soon after.

The Blues were rewarded for their increased pressure seven minutes before half-time when Luke Hinsley knocked a Jake Picton cross into the path of Chris Wood, who drilled in the opener.

The visitors could not hold their lead going into the interval however as Fylde hit back in devastating fashion.

Michael Barnes levelled for the hosts three minutes later, beating Green with a low 25-yard drive and, in the third minute of first-half stoppage time, James McCarthy headed Fylde ahead from a corner.

Frickley started the second half well with Picton seeing a shot well saved by Hinchliffe while Wood fired an effort just off target after the hour mark.

Wood came close to levelling matters again ten minutes later but Frickley managed to grab the equaliser shortly after when Luke Hinsley’s cross was flicked on by Wootton and Jason Yates found the back of the net.

Fylde were desperate for three points to keep their Evo-Stik Premier Division play-off hopes alive and they finished on top, with Green going full-stretch to push away a Farrell shot before Sean Cooke curled an effort on to the top of the bar.

The Blues thought they had survived the late pressure but, in the fifth minute of added time, Farrell raced into a long ball and steered his effort beyond Green from 15-yards to leave the visitors with nothing to show for their efforts.