AFC Fylde 5-0 Droylsden
by Gary Owen

The Bloods' challenging season continued on Tuesday night in deepest rural Lancashire, with another heavy defeat.

Things might have been different had Domaine Rouse's two early efforts reaped better rewards, but his first was tipped onto the post by Ben Hinchcliffe, and the second he prodded wide after robbing a Fylde defender in a central position.

However, to be fair, by that stage Dale Latham had saved a strike by Michael Barnes, and Lewis Killeen had cleared off the line from the impressive Danny Lloyd.
However it was the hosts who broke the deadlock, and from that point on they took control for much of the game.  It was on 23 minutes when former Hyde striker Matthew Blinkhorn headed home a cross by Lloyd, before Blinkhorn himself then turned provider on 35 minutes as his cross was thumped home by the head of Matt Hughes.
Droylsden started the second half well, and Killeen screwed wide from 16 yards, but Fylde should have made it three as Michael Barnes headed wide when it seemed easier to score.

However, they did make it 3-0 shortly after the hour mark when Harry Winter side-footed a cross from the left beyond Latham, before Dave Hankin made it 4-0 with a long range curling effort from the inside right channel.

Hinchcliffe tipped over a piledriver from Rouse as Droylsden never gave up the fight, but Joe Booth completed the rout with another goal from distance following a short free kick.
Late on, Hinchcliffe was again in action in the Fylde goal, turning away a free kick from Andy Langford after the same man had been fouled, but there was no disguising another hard lesson for Dave Pace's boys.
TEAMS AFC Fylde: Hinchcliffe, Hankin, Sumner, Hughes M., Denson, Hughes C., Dorney (Booth, 73'), Winter, Blinkhorn (Charnley, 73'), Barnes, Lloyd (Rainford, 65').  Subs not used - Hare, Taylor.
Droylsden: Latham, Hibbert, Dietye (Silvero, 28'), Langford, Grant, Killeen, McCarthy, Slaven (Walton, 74'), Maloney (McLoughlin, 70'), Rouse, Ward.  Subs not used - Headlam, Flint.

Attendance = 277
Referee - Mr. Mark Duncan (Cheshire)
Category: Match Reports