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19 April 2019 Venue Mill Farm Attendance

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Preview | AFC Fylde (a)

18 April 2019

Vanarama National League – Mill Farm – Friday 19th April 2019 – KO: 15:00

The Bees travel to Mill Farm to face AFC Fylde in their penultimate away game tomorrow afternoon.

Darren Currie’s men will be looking to bounce back after their 2-1 defeat at home to Fylde’s fellow promotion chasers Wrexham in their last game. Despite Shaq Coulthirst cancelling out Akil Wright’s opener with 20 minutes to go, a late Jermaine McGlashan chip sealed maximum points for the Dragons.

Last Meeting:

The last time these two sides met was in February in the FA Trophy quarter-final where the tie ended 0-0 at Mill Farm. However, Fylde came out on top and booked their place in the semis after winning 4-1 on penalties.

Nothing could split the two sides over 90 minutes in their last league meeting either. After Coulthirst opened the scoring with 20 minutes on the clock, Danny Philliskirk quickly popped up with the equaliser as the points were shared at The Hive London.

Manager: Dave Challinor

Dave Challinor was appointed Fylde manager back in November 2011 and has gone on to become a club legend after guiding them to England’s fifth tier for the first time in their history.

In his first season in charge, Challinor lead a Fylde side to Evo-Stik North glory after winning the title against Salford City but suffered play-off heartbreak the campaign after, losing in the final. However, it was a much happier outcome the year after as Challinor’s side clinched Evo-Stik Premier promotion after going up through play-offs. In their first year in the National League North, Fylde finished second but lost to Guiseley in the play-off final before suffering a similar outcome the following season. Challinor’s side then clinched promotion to the National League after being crowned champions before achieving a play-off spot yet again but were beaten in the qualifying round. Last season saw the Fylde boss guide the club to their highest ever league position in 7th and also reach the FA Cup second round for the first time in the club’s history.

Before taking charge at his current side, the Chester-born manager was in the Colwyn Bay dug-out, taking up a player-manager role in May 2010. It was a debut season to remember as he helped the club to a second place finish in the Northern Premier League Premier Division before achieving promotion through the play-offs.

Away from management, the Fylde boss also played for Tranmere, Stockport, Bury and Colwyn Bay during a playing career that lasted 17 years.

One to Watch: Danny Rowe

With 26 goals to his name this season, it’s no surprise that Danny Rowe is the one the Bees must watch out for tomorrow.

Ever since he joined the club in 2014, the prolific striker just can’t stop scoring.

He played a vital part in Fylde’s promotion to the National League and will be hoping to do the same this time around with League Two in their sights.

However, the striker hasn’t scored against the Bees this season and is without a goal in his last three games but he will be eager to end that minor drought tomorrow.

Recent League Form:

Fylde, who sit fifth, can cement a play-off spot with a win or a draw against the Bees tomorrow.

The Coasters go into tomorrow’s encounter with two wins to their name in their last five league games. The points were shared two games in a row after drawing 0-0 away at Aldershot before the score ended 1-1 in their next game against Dagenham & Redbridge. However, they returned to winning ways after beating Eastleigh 4-2 before securing a 1-0 victory over Gateshead. They go into tomorrow’s game off the back of a defeat though having lost 2-1 away at Braintree Town last weekend.

Tomorrow’s opposition have also bagged 70 goals this season, conceding 39 and have the third best home record having won 14 of their 21 games at Mill Farm.

Last 5 league games: DDWWL

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Match Reports

Report | AFC Fylde 1-0 Barnet FC

19 April 2019

A first half wonder-volley from Danny Rowe was the difference as the Bees, despite a good performance and playing with 10-men for the majority of the match, los

Barnet started brightly and had a chance to take the lead just three minutes in, Shaq Coulthirst knocking the ball down for Jack Taylor to strike but his effort hit skipper Callum Reynolds and went over the bar. 

Ephron Mason-Clark fired narrowly wide of the post before Jack Taylor had an effort blocked as the Bees ramped up the pressure.

However, with their first chance of the match, Danny Row smashed home a perfect low volley from 25 yards out, firing it into the bottom left to give the hosts the lead.

Barnet certainly weren’t out of it however, Dan Sweeney heading and Elliott Johnson free kick inches wide.

Coulthirst had an effort saved by Jay Lynch before a major turning point in the match 35 minutes in.

Sweeney was given a straight red card for a tackle in the midfield that is often seen as a yellow in most games.

Jack Taylor had a volley blocked by Crawford shortly before the break. 

Fylde started the second half the stronger, Haughton, Bradley and Rowe all having changes cut out and well dealt with by a resilient Barnet defence.

It was one way traffic for much of the second half, but the hosts failed to create many clear cut chances, whereas substitute Simeon Akinola fired wide of goal for Barnet.

Haughton curled an effort destined for the top left corner but it was well saved by Mark Cousins prior to Danny Philliskirk’s header being cleared from under the crossbar by Jack Taylor.

With less than 10 minutes to play, Cheye Alexander produced a good cross into Elliott Johnson who headed it down but there was no-one in a Barnet shirt gambling to get a touch. 

As the Bees searched late on for what would’ve been a deserved equaliser, Mason-Clark delivered a good ball through to Akinola who had a shot saved but he was flagged just offside.

Barnet - Cousins, Alexander, Johnson, Reynolds, Coulthirst (Tarpey), J. Taylor, H. Taylor, Boucaud (Robson), Elito (Akinola), Sweeney, Mason-Clark.

Unused - Matrevics, Fonguck

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