Match Report: Saturday 18th November
Fylde Mens 1st 1-6 Lancaster University Mens 1st
A fortnight to forget for the coasters, another defeat this time back at the farm, to top it off a comprehensive lesson from arguably the strongest team in the league, hats off to LUMHC.
Fylde started the brighter of the two sides and created a couple of opening gaem chances, Jepson and K Brandwood linking well in the middle before teeing up Clegg on the right hand side to put a cross into Oakes in the 'D' cut out by an oposing defender.
3 minutes in the same attack and same people linked up but this time to success and Fylde took an early lead through Oakes and the same maneuver at the far right post for a tap in from a Clegg cross.
From that point Lancaster turned on the style a couple of errors led to a way back into the game, firstly a pass from left back from Banks to a retreating Oakes by the halfway line found the striker trying a audacious defence splitting pass that got cut out by the University midfield and started a blistering counter attack ending in a strike from the right 'D' to equalise 10 minutes in, Oakes turning hero to villain in a short space of time.
Next was something Fylde have to continue to work on as they let the opposition into the 'D' too easily again to win a penalty corner after a bad pass from Cuthbertson found their centre forward with too much room, the students took the lead from the resulting corner.
A mad two minutes found left back stalwart Banks shown both a green card for lashing out and a yellow for dissent shortly afterwards. With 10 men to the break Fylde did well to maintain the scoreline and head in at 2-1.
The second half looked like it was going to start how the first one ended, a lot of Lancaster pressure and the coasters struggling to clear their lines for a good amount of time. Oakes and Sadler having to wait for scraps up top to attack with, the counterattack being Fylde's only option early on. Lancaster broke again into the 'D' from the left hand side through A Brandwood and a ricocheted shot went past the legs of Hollett for 3-1, tough ask now for Fylde to come back.
The coasters head's didn't drop and if not for an untimely slip by Clegg, Horrocks and Oakes could have found themselves with just the keeper to beat just after the LU goal, it was looking like it wasn't meant to be from that point on.
Williams could only watch on as Lancaster won another penalty corner and dispatched it perfectly with a flick from the penalty spot whistling past the ear of Hollett from a well worked routine. 4-1
Two more goals in short succession followed, one from open play and a further one from a penalty corner. Fylde will be putting this one in the back of their minds and focusing on their trip to Formby next week to put things right, with everyone beating everyone in the league this year the aspirations are not over, though the coasters drop to 6th, they remain 2 points off second and with lowly Bury getting a shock win over runaway leaders Ormskirk, nothing is certain in Div 3N
onto the next for Jepson and William's men.
MOTM - Davidson/A Brandwood
Striker James Oakes got the opener and his 8th of the campaign in a dismal morning at Mill Farm
Youngster Alex Brandwood got one of the MOTM votes in a tough day at the office for the Mens 1s
Match Report: Saturday 25th November
Formby Mens 2nd 2-3 Fylde Mens 1st
Winter is Coming...
Fylde travelled to House Formby of Merseyside determined to end a run of two consecutive defeats. The squad were boosted with the addition of a new brother of the watch, in the form of a 1st team debut for Pip Munden the young.
Early possession was dominated by a youthful Formby side, and Fylde struggled to create many clear cut chances. It was against the run of play when Fylde took the lead late in the half. Maester Major's eye of the needle pass pierced its way all the to the High Sparrow himself, James Oakes, who found himself clear in the 'D' and calmly slotted past the on rushing keeper for his 9th of the season. Fylde's lead was short-lived, however, Formby constructing a quick counter attack which found the home side almost instantly level. HT 1-1.
Despite a stirring team talk from Khal Stephen Williams, King of the Andals and the first men, breaker of chains & father of dragons, Fylde re-started the game second best, allowing Formby to dictate the tempo. A goal bound penalty corner hit Sir Davidson on the line, giving away a penalty stroke and the chance to take the lead. With a third defeat on the trot staring at them in the face, Fylde looked for a sign of hope from the gods...
Suddenly the heavens opened, a heavy hail shower turning the pitch white with ice, winter have arrived....was it a sign? The break in play caused by the weather gave Fylde the chance to regroup, and momentum was about to shift towards the away side.
Formby did take the lead from the resulting stroke but not before Grand Maester Major pulled the team together, giving his wise and insightful views of the battle ahead. An immediate reaction was felt, and just as the Lord of the light had foreseen Fylde upped the anti. Wildling Zak Longstaff passed to Maester Major who skipped past two defenders before setting up Dornish international Riccardo De Lorenzo Esquisito Clegg to put the ball away. 2-2.
Within minutes Fylde took the lead, clearly adapting to the conditions better than their opponents. Lord Commander Rob Jepson fired the ball into the 'D' to the High Sparrow, James Oakes, to repent his sins of earlier misses and deflect the ball goal-wards for his second of the match, 10th of the season. 3-2
Just as victory looked assured, Fylde gave away a needless penalty corner in the dying minutes, Riccardo Clegg (from across the narrow sea) with a wild swing. The resulting corner hit a man of the watch on the line and the umpire,despite appeals, awarded a second stroke of the game. Not even the three eyed Raven could predicted such a dramatic twist. But all was not lost, Lord Protector Nigel Sadler diving high to his right with his stick and tipping the ball over the bar. The high class save in the final moments, along with a number of other stops throughout the game, gave Sadler the right to the Iron throne as man of the match.
An important 3 points for Fylde and they will be encouraged with the second half comeback and never say die attitude. For what is dead may never die. Valar Morghulis
MOTM - Nigel Sadler
MOTM Nigel Sadler saved a penalty stroke in the dying minutes of the game to preserve the victory for the coasters
Match Report: Saturday 21st October
Golborne Mens 1st 1-2 Fylde Mens 1st
Game week 5 and Fylde continued their winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Golborne. As storm Brian rolled in, the away side started quickly and were a goal to the good in the first 10 minutes. The once-again excellent Major provided a delightfully perfect weighted ball through ball to Oakes who consequently left two defenders for dead and slotted the ball home continuing his goal scoring form.
A blustery afternoon saw Fylde hold on to this tentative lead for most of the first half until a contentious decision saw a short corner rewarded to the home side and subsequently, a deflected drag flick brought the equalizer. Half time 1-1
Unforeseen circumstances saw a change in goal keeper this week, with the ever reliable Hollett chomping at the bit to finally be given the opportunity to stake a claim for his first team place. The Coasters were rewarded with a fine performance, a number of high profile saves keeping the home side at bay during the second half.
Eager to break the deadlock, Horrocks latched on to a stray pass in midfield and fed the ball directly to Draper who repeated the feats of Oakes in the first half and ghosted past two defenders; the resulting power behind the strike knocking the stuffing out of their goalkeeper and play had to be halted so he could recover. A great save
As the game lengthened both teams attempted to get the winner with contrasting styles of play. Captain Jepson lead by example and took the game to the opposition, some strong challenges aggravating the watching fans but this did not phase the experienced midfielder who in the dying moments of the game got the winner with a trademark deflection from a penalty corner put in by Major.
Full time 2-1 and Fylde continue their journey next week against fellow promoted Kirkby Lonsdale who will surely provide another stern test for Williams' men.
A rare goal for Centre Half Vice Captain Davidson, wrapped up the points and a four goal haul for the coasters
Match Report: Saturday 14th October
Fylde Mens 1st 4-2 Carlisle Mens 1st
After their first league loss of the season the previous week, it was important for Fylde to return to
winning ways and they did just that with a 4-2 victory over Carlisle. With the long journey down the M6 and only being able to field eleven players, it was always going to be a tough afternoon for the visiting side but after weathering a first ten minute storm they went 1-0 up with a penalty corner agasinst the run of play.
This was a wake up call for the home side to get even and it was only two minutes later they did, now top goalscorer Oakes scoring for a second week in a row by responding to a smart initial save from the 'keeper after a fantastic through ball by Horrocks with a flick in to the top right corner from close range.
The match ebbed and flowed, with Fylde missing several far post chances through Draper, with chances for Oakes, Horrocks & Draper being missed, would this be the stroy of the afternoon for the whites?
Fylde won a penalty corner from some good play by Davidson and from the resulting corner a Goal! 2-1! Man of the Match, Major with the quick reaction from a well worked short corner, guiding the aerial ball in to the back of the net. thre corner going from top of the circle to the far right side and the shot come cross by Horrocks ending up with Major juggling mid-air to put it past a helpless keeper
Half time 2-1.
The start of the second half saw both teams make a tactical change, evidently feeling that 3 up top was the way to win. Fylde had some wonderful attacking play and Carlisle happy to counter attack on the break. It was the turn of the flying winger to add his name to the score sheet, Hope with the strike in to the bottom right corner. 3-1. The fourth and final goal for Fylde came through a well worked passing move;
No fewer than five players involved in the build up for a rare goal from centre back Davidson, a
powerful flick past the goalkeeper. At this point, the home side believed the game to be won but Carlisle had not read the script and managed to pull a goal back.
However the Coasters hung on to seal another 3 points and move up to 2nd behind Ormskirk. Next up a tough trip for William's men to Golbourne
Captain Rob Jepson led by example and got the winner late on for the travelling coasters via a penalty corner deflection
Match Report: Saturday 28th October
Fylde Mens 1st 1-3 Kirkby Lonsdale Mens 1st
Fylde Men’s 1’s entertained (literally) bottom of the table Kirkby Lonsdale at Mill Farm on Saturday 28 October. The last day of British Summer Time truly felt as though the majority of the Coasters team were hankering for long-past warmer climes as the opponents started brightly and initiated a high press. Whether the added pressure of a professional camera recording the game was an extra distraction along with the absence of Coach Williams, an experimental Fylde midfield, featuring the debut of Zak Longstaff, struggled to take a hold of the early stages and the balance of play was certainly in Kirkby’s favour. For the first time this season the Fylde attack was sadly impotent, with the usually effervescent Oakes forced to sit deep to try and make an impact on possession.
Although Kirkby were in the ascendancy in the first half it was with a lack of penetration, that is until the first short corner was awarded for a clumsy foot by the Fylde Defence. The precursor to the award of the corner was nothing compared to the disappointing way Kirkby converted their first attempt from the resulting short. Hollett saved well from the first switch to the inserter, and again from the rebound, but a static goal line defence failed to stop the third (or possibly 4th) rebound attempt.
The shock of conceding a soft goal should have spurred the Coasters into action, but Kirkby continued to press well and force Fylde into a series of silly losses of possession. Frustration was beginning to set in for the home side, perfectly illustrated when the only shot on the Kirkby goal in the first half from Sadler hit Draper painfully on the foot before it had the chance of testing the keeper.
Fylde won their first penalty corner of the game with some good work from Draper down the left as Umpire Hills blew for the half, but the ball was carelessly permitted to leave the attacking zone without any insertion back into the D. Half-time 1-0 Kirkby.
The second half started much brighter for Fylde after a constructive half-time discussion, with the aptly named ‘Hope’ sparking some good play down the left. Fylde earned a couple of short corners but failed to convert. Even the promotion of Brandwood into midfield could not make any inroads into the resolute Kirkby.
Kirkby came to Mill Farm with the strongest team they were able to field this season so far, and their tenaciousness paid off when they converted their second short corner, having been awarded for a tackle that a lumberjack on triple time and red-bull would have been pleased with. Another switch from the striker back to the inserter ended with a simple deflected goal, Hollett only able to stand and watch as the ball was cleverly disguised from an intended strike.
Possession had now strongly swung in favour of Fylde, but without any end result. A further short corner from the home side was not converted. A Kirkby break resulted in a third short corner to the away side, and although a goal did not result from the initial switch, the ball was lifted over the diving Hollett only to be stopped on the line by Jepson’s small size 5. Hollett was given no chance by the resulting flick to his left, always the harder side for a keeper. Fylde kept their heads up in the search for at least an indent on the score line and a swift break from Horrocks down the right and a perfectly timed pass to Oakes provided the dependable striker with an easy tap in past the rarely tested Kirkby keeper. Time was not the friend of the home side with only around 5 minutes left. Passion was in abundance as Clegg and Draper exchanged medieval pleasantries down the sideline in front of a partisan home crowd, but although the game seemed to be permanently in the Kirkby defensive half, no further goals could be found. Sadler wasted a good chance right at the end which could have made things interesting.
Full time result Fylde 1, Kirkby Lonsdale 3.
Time to reflect and prepare for a tough game again at home next week against Rochdale.
Striker James Oakes got the consolation goal and his 5th of the season in the final minutes on a bad afternoon for the coasters
Skipper Rob Jepson was MOTM on the weekend
Match Report: Saturday 21st October
Fylde Mens 1st 8-2 Rochdale Mens 1st
Last time out Fylde 1s sufferer their first defeat of the season in a top vs bottom clash which left a bitter taste. A moral boost and pep talk from Draper that night saw an awakening from the Fylde forwards this Saturday.
Coach Williams, full back Brandwood and Cuthbertson returning saw a competitive opening 15 against a respected and direct Rochdale who narrowly missed out on promotion last term.
Fylde were the first to break the deadlock after a flurry of Rochdale shorts that were expertly defended.
A dominant spell in possession saw Oakes dribble in from the base line finding a Rochdale foot. Penalty corner. Horrocks flick from the top across the keeper to make it 1-0 Fylde.
Rochdale were deflated. Fylde kept their composure and a frustrated Rochdale were forced to foul Jepson in a dangerous area. Penalty corner awarded, Horrocks pushed one low but the keeper stepped out and deflected it back to Major. After practising his golf swing pre game unleashed a strike. Keeper saved again and ricocheted to Draper who made it 2-0.
The third was dispatched into the back of the net by Horrocks after a quick 1-2 on the edge of the D with Major.
Goals were flowing now for the home side and Rochdale had no answers.
Another short awarded for foul play. A well drilled Fylde routine found Oakes striking a foot on the line. Penalty flick awarded. Horrocks flicked high and to the keepers right to complete a 30 minute, well over due, hattrick.
Rochdale did manage to snatch one just before half time against the run of play after a long ball up field and a very good finish from the opposition striker.
The half time call was more of the same. Keep the work rate high and we can double our lead.
Fylde started cautiously retaining possession as the next goal was key. A Rochdale goal it would be game on, a Fylde, game over. A few chances fell Rochdales way with some great defending from Moses, Banks and the Brandwood’s to keep the lead at 3.
Fylde’s patience paid off with great play by the Fylde forwards saw a Hope shot rebound to a rampant Horrocks who secured his 4th with a powerful flick through the diving goal keeper. 5-1 and Fylde were hunting for more. I am losing count and I am writing this while watching the match film. Next up was Major. A well worked short found the bottom corner to make it 6.
Goal number 7 was for Oakes. Another penalty corner slipped left to Major who slid the ball into the path of Oakes on the far post. Notable 1-on-1s missed by Horrocks and Draper throughout the second half along with some crucial saves from Sadler.
With Cuthbertson marauding down the right flank, Rochdale were frightened. Great play down the centre saw Major linking well with Horrocks who turned his defender and played a beautiful flick on a plate for Oakes who didn’t forget his knife and fork. 8-1 was the romp but a lapse in concentration saw Rochdale hit back with 1 more.
Fylde 8 - 2 Rochdale. Be seeing you
Alex Horrocks found his scoring stick with 4 goals against Rochdale
Fylde's final goal of the game, a great team goal and deflection by Oakes from a Horrocks cross
Match Report: Saturday 11th November
South Lakes Mens 1st 4-2 Fylde Mens 1st
A week ago seems a long time away when the Jekyll and Hyde Fylde Mens 1s appear, after a big 8-2 demonstration at home to Rochdale, Fylde couldn't capitalise on the form shown the week before away in Cumbria and came away from Ulverston with nothing to show but a positional loss in the table with numerous teams now in the hunt at the top on level points.
Fylde started slowly with William's men allowing early South lakes pressure in the coasters half, resulting in a couple of missed opportunities and a penalty corner early on. from the resulting penalty corner a rebounded save from hollett in goal landed at the stick of the lakes centre forward who flicked the ball to an almost gaping goal, the only thing to stop the ball going in was the shoulder of vice captain Davidson who could do nothing about the awarding of a penalty stroke from the body block. A fine stroke into the middle left of the net and Fylde found themselves 1-0 down in 4 minutes.
After this uncharacteristic start Williams made some tactical changes and utilized the abilities of Fylde's resident utility man Cuthbertson to get some more of the ball in the opposing half, and it worked, 23 minutes in Fylde were level, some good play from the middle through K.Brandwood and Major linking up, found Oakes in the circle whos shot ricocheted off an opposition foot to get Fylde a Penalty corner themselves. The resulting corner found Clegg on the right hand side of the circle to push a ball to centre for Major to slot home for his 4th in Fylde colours.
A lot of pressure from both sides came to nothing and the half fizzled out towards the end 1-1
The second half started how Fylde should have the first, a lot of pressure and camping in the South Lakes half, A great build up from Draper on the right hand side of the field, put a through ball into Jepson who in turn 'dinked' a ball into the circle with no one around but Oakes who took a wild shot, heading for the bottom left corner the keeper deflected last minute, a fantastic save. A couple of minutes later the same starting point from A.Brandwood on the right to Jepson in the middle of the park, a long swept ball across to Horrocks found space on the left hand side to exploit, a ball under the oppositions feet to Oakes who's through ball into the circle found Draper who couldn't capitalize on the chance, still 1-1
However then came the breakthrough, Major, Brandwood and Jepson linking up to eventually find Clegg again on the right hand side of the goal with room to spare, a hard hit cross again across the circle found Major to deflect the ball past the keeper for his second of the game and 5th of the season. The turning point had been found.... or had it
two minutes later South Lakes found themselves back in the game at 2-2 after some errors at the back allowed their forward into the circle to wrong foot Hollett and square the ball to a second unmarked forward to put the ball into the empty net.
Fylde continued to pile on the pressure, but it wasn't to be, South Lakes countered again and exploited the Fylde back line being high up and got in behind for another easy goal 3-2 to the home side.
Major had a chance to equalise late on a ball into the circle found him with space to dink the ball past the keeper however the keeper on form saved not once but twice from close range to deny the coasters. Man of the Match Kris Brandwood had an attempt too after showing some great skill and marauding into the circle found himself with little room to take a full shot but his dink to the far post just crept wide.
South Lakes hadn't finished and in the dying minutes Fylde's spirit was broken and a final goal from the Cumbrians sealed the victory.
next for William's team a stern test against Lancaster University back at the farm. The in form team of the league visiting Mill Farm from 11-30am. Can Jepson get the troops remotivated ready for this tough clash, another bad result could see the coasters entire season outlook change with teams around looking to steal their top 3 place.
GOALS - Major with a brace for the coasters, his 4th and 5th goals of the season
MOTIVATION - Head Coach Williams needs to get the Jekyll & Hyde form altered for his Fylde team to be consistent with their play and results
Match Report: Saturday 7th October
Ormskirk Mens 1st 3-2 Fylde Mens 1st
Fylde M1 took their unbeaten start to Edge Hill University to face another inform team in Ormskirk, and the later took the points in this close encounter.
Fylde started slowly with Ormskirk making the home advantage count and putting pressure on Fylde's defence calling Sadler in goal into action early. It was against the run of play when Fylde found their feet and took an early lead, some patient build up play by Davidson, Kris Brandwood & Major linking up in the middle of the park led to Fyldes first chance and goal, Major and Oakes doing what they do best, Major breaking through the middle of the park and slipping the ball under his marking defender to Oakes on the left side of the 'D' who slotted home under the onrushing keeper with a push to the far right post. Major and Oakes have now combined for goals for 4 North West Hockey League Clubs since meeting at Bangor University.
The lead was short lived as Ormskirk going a goal down led to their increase in effort even further, They got their goal shortly after the re-start to even the game up, Fylde created some more chance later in the half, most of note was an aerial ball from midfield by Brandwood over the final defender into the path of Oakes, who was unable to gain control and repeat his earlier effort past the onrushing keeper.
Ormskirk linked up play well in the final minutes of the half and capitalized on some passing mix up with Fylde in midfield and countered for their second,
Half Time 2-1
Some tactical changes from Head Coach Stephen Williams led to a positional shake up with Jepson and Major reverting to defence and Brandwood and Davidson moving into midfield, a move that worked as some of the earlier space the Ormskirk attack were getting was nullified by Major and Jepson. The half belonged the Fylde. a lot more pressure early in the half led to Fylde's equalizer. some great build up play by Draper on the outside of the 'D' led to ball into Oakes to win a penalty corner. Last seasons top goalscorer Alex Horrocks stepping up to place the resulting corner in the bottom right corner of the goal and with it get Fylde on level terms.
Fylde continued to dominate and several chances went begging as Oakes' second touch let him down in the 'D' Fylde then had a succession of 6 penalty corners and the opportunity to win the game left Fylde at that point after several routines were not converted.
Ormskirk took the points with ten minutes to go, a penalty corner well dispatched by the Ormskirk drag flicker to the top left corner of Sadler's left Fylde deflated. With one last roll of the dice Coach Willaims brought Sadler off and replaced him with a kicking back in Brandwood to make an overpowering play in the final minutes but chances could not be converted
Its a first season loss for Fylde and drops them from 1st to 4th but only 2 points from top still, much more to come and next week a home games Vs Carlisle.
:Last season;s Top Goalscorer and Player of The Season Alex Horrocks scored Fylde's 2nd
Match Report: Saturday 16th September
Fylde Mens 1st 2-1 Preston Mens 3rd
In what was the first local derby of the season, Fylde welcomed back no fewer than five first team
players whilst handing a debut to marquee signing S.Major. This was not a game for the purists, a
scrappy affair that surprisingly wielded no cards with both umpires determined to keep 22 players
on the field. Preston welcomed several players used to playing at a higher level and this was
reflected in the share of play between the teams.
Despite this, a dogged display from Fylde saw them claim their second victory of the campaign. This was the first display that new manager S.Williams witnessed from the sidelines and it was a case of nullification throughout. For the second week running,
Fylde had a debutant to thank for their first goal; Major with the delightful set piece
that had everyone fooled, notwithstanding their goalkeeper. In what was beginning to turn in to a
rather heated display, Preston finally managed to convert the lions share of possession in to the
equalising goal. However, in what is beginning to turn in to an early marker for Fylde’s fledgling
season, victory was snatched in the closing stages with no other than C.Draper once again sealing
victory. Draper, the early leading top goal scorer latched on to a precision ball from J.Oakes,
selflessly played across goal.
The final minutes were a tense affair but once again, Fylde clung on to victory.
Caine Draper latched onto a ball across the 'D' from Oakes to get the winning goal
Match Report: Saturday 23rd September
Fylde Mens 1st 3-2 Bury Mens 1st
Finally the day all had been waiting for the first league game of the campaign
In what was a tightly fought match, Fylde came out eventual 3-2 winners thanks to a last-gasp winner from Caine Draper courtesy of some fantastic build up play from Kris Brandwood.
Both teams arrived at the fixture with depleted sides, with Bury only managing to field 11 players and Fylde taking the opportunity to name two first team debutants in the form of Chris Blackburn and Aaron Sadler.
Despite the match winner being the talk of the terraces, the story of the game was the first team debut goal for Chris Blackburn; a well-taken goal that finished off a fine move from the away side. Fylde started the game brightly with Bury's record goal scorer and now Fylde forward James Oakes returning to his former side & breaking the deadlock with an instinctive finish through the ‘keepers legs after some great build up play from Draper.
Half time approaching and stand in captain Chris Banks could have been happy with his sides approach to the first half, however Fylde should have made a further chance count at the end of the half when Clegg took the ball into the 'D' from right midfield and after linking up with Draper couldn't finish off his opportunity.
After half time with the score at 2-0, it turned in to the story of two halves, with Fylde undoing all their hard work and conceding two goals to make it two apiece from Bury’s Marshall-Grint & Perkins respectively both finishing from close range and taking advantage of some sloppy defending.
What followed was a period of all out attack from the away side, throwing caution to the wind to try to achieve victory and it was the marauding run of Brandwood that finally provided the spark for the winning goal, crusading through the Bury defence to give a deft ball to Draper to slot home to the far post and with it take the points back to the Fylde coast.
A win to start the campaign and next week history being made with the Men’s first competitive game at new home Mill Farm, and of course it is against local rivals Preston.
Fylde's James Oakes returned to Bury to open the scoring for his new side in the 3-2 win