Fylde 1XI 7-0 Neston 2XI
North Hockey League Division 3
Fylde’s 1st team put a statement out to the rest of the league with an impressive 7-0 win over 3rd place Neston on Saturday.
A full strength Fylde welcomed another ex-Blackpool player Josh Boyne, back from three years at university, into the side, making his debut for the club and slotting straight in to the (so far) unbeaten squad.
Neston actually could of taken an early lead when their captain Rich Leeman narrowly volleyed wide, but from that point on Fylde dominated with a devastating display of attacking hockey. Simon Thomas finished off a flowing move to open the scoring before Sam Bury grabbed his first for the club firing low into the bottom corner. Jordan Payne could of extended Fylde’s lead further before the break were it not for two sharp saves by the Neston keeper. HT 2-0
The second half saw Fylde step up their intensity further, moving the ball around at speed and at a level above what Neston could handle. Sam Bury scored two more to claim his hat trick; a fine reverse stick strike into the bottom corner and a poachers finish off Jay Currey’s fine work in the D. Josh Payne scored twice either side of Thomas’s second to put Fylde 7 ahead. Thomas himself could of claimed a hat-trick but could not quite finish off another end-to-end move by Fylde at the far post. A late flurry from Neston briefly threatened, but Fylde’s defence of Swaine, Major and Sadler held firm for their first clean sheet of the season. FT 7-0
A hugely encouraging performance and one which puts Fylde top of the league, two points clear now of Timperley.
Northern 1XI 1-1 Fylde 2XI
North West Hockey League Division 2 North
Fylde travelled to Merseyside looking for their first away points of the season. Skipper Simon Allen decided on a change of formation after leaking goals in the last two games and went with a more solid four-four-two, with the experienced Harry Cuthbertson slotting into the back four to add some much needed steel.
The first half ebbed and flowed with both teams having chances but with defences on top the game remained goalless at the half time interval.
After the break, Fylde had to endure some early pressure, but the defence held firm with stand in keeper Alex Brandwood being particularly impressive. Mid way through the half Fylde took the lead with the influential Charlie Parker latching on to a rebound off the keeper and managing to scramble the ball home from close range. Fylde worked tirelessly for the remainder of the game in a desperate attempt to hang onto the victory, and it was a cruel blow when the Northern equaliser came with virtually the last hit of the game.
This was a much improved performance from Fylde, the team spirit and work ethic being keyfactors in the improvement. Skipper Allen was disappointed to have had victory snatched away so late in the game but was nonetheless delighted that the team registered their first away point and turned in their best performance of the season so far. He was hopeful of building on this next week when they host Formby 3s.
Didsbury 5XI 6-0 Fylde 3XI
North West Hockey League Division 3 North
Fylde 3’s are already finding life in the new Div 3N tough, having merged the mid-table of last year’s 5NN & 5NS, and travelling to Didsbury with only 10 players was always going to be difficult. So it proved, with Didsbury pressing in numbers right from the off, leading to errors from Fylde, and within 10 minutes Didsbury were 2-0 up from good passing moves.
Fylde gradually found their composure and were able to hold on to possession for longer, but attacks were rare with only one striker, and only half chances created. Meanwhile Didsbury had plenty of attacks but the back line of Phil Weir, Pete Latimer and Harry Gordon made a lot of tackles, and Craig Nutter in goal saved several shots, keeping Fylde’s hopes alive at half-time.
The hopes didn’t last for long as Didsbury scored early in the second half, and subsequently scored another three for a 6-0 victory. However, Fylde kept on battling and the young midfield of Hugo Mace, Alex Eastham and Duke Jones all looked assured on the ball. The other youngster Harry Gordon was awarded MoM for his performance at right back.
Fylde 4XI 1-4 Kirkby Lonsdale 2XI
North West Hockey League Division 4 North North
Fylde 4's had their first home game of the season, started strongly with a goal from Martin Hayes, albeit from a shot that he topped but it still manage to find its way over the goal-line. Kirkby Lonsdale equalised and it was an even 1-1 at half-time. The second half was quite open, but it was the opposition who managed to score twice in breakaways, and then also with the final short corner of the game to make it 4-1. There were encouraging debuts from upcoming juniors Sam Ayoma and Tim Woodman.