Feds go 5 league games unbeaten with 2-1 victory over AFC Fylde

After a long awaited home fixture, Feds used their home advantage and gained a confident three points for the Northern Premier Division League table.

Goals from Captain Chan Thompson and striker Aleesha Collins kept Feds league form running, with the side staying in fourth place position in the league.

The first five minutes showed neither side settling into play with a chance each for both teams, fortunately Thompson gave the home side a head start. Flyde’s goalkeeper Megan Hunter parried a cross from the left, but the ball landed to an out stretched Ellie Fletcher who managed to set our captain up to finish with the outside of her boot into the bottom corner. Collins was proving difficult to deal with throughout with her incredible pace causing the Fylde back line problems. Play took a six minute pause in the 15th minute with Hunter down and unable to continue, midfielder Izzy Binks stepped up and took the gloves and play resumed. The 24th minute saw Holly Deering go close with a long range effort that went narrowly over the bar and Striker Cole coming close with a great 1v1 save from Binks. Feds were piling on the pressure in Fylde’s half but were unable to convert any chances until just before half time. Collin’s persistence finally paid off, a ball swung in from Fletcher dropped to the strikers feet for a tap in. The 18 year old has definitely made a name for herself in her first season with Feds.

The second half had few chances to report, as Fylde continued to attack down their right, Emma Johnson’s challenges on the wing made it difficult for Flyde’s wingers to get through, as well as Rosie Kinvig-Wardale keeping the back line in a steady order. Fylde grabbed their only game of the game in the 65th minute after a foul from Chelsey Jukes saw them awarded a penalty which Fylde captain Rowe confidently slotted into the back of the net. Feds welcomed back Katie Anderson on as substitute after missing 3 months out with injury who within minutes tested the Fylde keeper. Fylde looked dangerous on the counter but Feds continued to manage possession and could have grabbed a third in the dying minutes if it wasn’t for a strong hand from the impressive Binks to deny a powerful shot from Cole.

Feds now face Nottingham Forest Women in a big home fixture this Sunday. We look forward to seeing you all at Jericho Lane.


Report by Liv Heslington