A commanding performance from AFC Fylde saw them coast to a routine 3-1 victory away at Gloucester City to end the Tigers’ unbeaten home record.\r\n\r\nJoe Parker had the first opportunity to break the deadlock very early on as he beat the offside trap to get in behind the defence, but Parker could only slice wide one-on-one with Hinchcliffe.\r\n\r\nAgainst the run of play AFC Fylde took the lead through Matty Blinkhorn. A lovely cross in from last season’s top scorer Danny Rowe was nodded home from 4 yards by the unmarked Blinkhorn.\r\n\r\nWith AFC Fylde now coasting, they were unlucky not to have a second soon after. Dion Charles beat Billy Jones with a lovely bit of skill to cut inside on his left foot but Jaz Singh wouldn’t be beaten at his near post.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers grabbed the equaliser thanks to the prolific Obi Anoruo. A long throw from James Bowen was flicked on by Matt Williams for Anoruo to chip over Hinchcliffe from 6 yards.\r\n\r\nThe game really opened up and Fylde restored their advantage through Sam Finley after another beautiful ball in from Rowe and Finley was once again unmarked to tap home past the rooted Singh.\r\n\r\nBen Holmes had the goal at his mercy and should have really made it 3-1 to the visitors but for a heroic block from Matt Williams.\r\n\r\nJoe Parker did everything right to find himself in the box but lack of composure is his downfall as he blasted the ball high into the back of the stand.\r\n\r\nWith City controlling the tempo of the game, AFC Fylde had a chance for a third goal but Danny Rowe opted to shoot when there were much better options waiting in the box.\r\n\r\nIn a half of not many opportunities, Matty Blinkhorn tried a speculative effort from all of 35 yards but the man who opened the scoring could not add to his tally for the afternoon.\r\n\r\nDanny Rowe put the game to bed three minutes from time as he skipped past Hamilton with all the grace of a gazelle and fired the ball across goal and into the back of the net.\r\n\r\nMatty Blinkhorn tried once more to put his name on the score sheet for a second time but his audacious attempt at a 30 yard chip was poor and well over.\r\n\r\nWith time running out City pressed for a goal back but in the end AFC Fylde ran out deserved winners to end the Tigers’ undefeated run at home.\r\n\r\nGloucester City: Singh, Hamilton, Jones (Hall 78’), Williams (capt), Avery, Hanks, Liddiard, Thompson (Richards 46’), Anoruo, Parker, Bowen (Miller 87’)\r\n\r\nSubs: Dickin, Green\r\n\r\nAFC Fylde: Hinchcliffe, Gibson, C. Hughes, Collins (Barker 9’), Hannigan, Barnes (capt), Charles (M. Hughes 71’), Finley, Blinkhorn, Rowe, Holmes (Lloyd 78’)\r\n\r\nSubs: Versallo, Urwin\r\n\r\nReferee: Amy Fearn\r\n\r\nAttendance: 310\r\n\r\nStar man: James Bowen
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