Report: Moors 2 AFC Fylde 1

Glen Taylor scored twice in the final 12 minutes as Moors once again came from behind to grab a sensational Good Friday win over league-leaders AFC Fylde at The Brewery Field.

Corey McKeown climbed off the bench to lead the resurrection, first slinging in the corner from which Taylor levelled before slipping a wonderful ball through to the striker to net the winner with a minute of normal time remaining.

The Coasters had earlier taken the lead through in-form Joe Rowley’s cool finish and the visitors looked to be taking another giant stride towards promotion until Taylor’s timely intervention.

Jason Ainsley had to shuffle his pack with Joe Tait and Reece Kendall both suspended, while Harry Flatters was back in goal due to an injury for loan man Dan Langley. Youth Team player Charlie Wood was drafted in and the teenager was named among the substitutes for the first time.

In truth, there wasn’t a lot in the game and a scrappy first half produced little in the way of goalmouth action for either side with both keepers reduced to spectator roles.

Danny Philliskirk curled a free-kick over the bar in the early stages, while Taylor’s wonderful turn bought him a yard to shoot but he dragged an effort wide of the target.

It wasn’t until midway through the second half that things really began to open up and it was the visitors who struck first when Rowley was able to ghost into the area on the right side and drill a low effort across Flatters and into the bottom corner.

The noisy travelling fans sensed a sixth victory in seven for Adam Murray’s side but Ainsley took decisive action and the introduction of McKeown from the bench proved pivotal.

He first set up the excellent AJ Greaves to have a shot on goal and, while Fylde keeper Chris Neal was equal to it, it was a warning that The Coasters did not heed.

On 78 minutes, McKeown dangled a ball into the area from a left-wing corner and Taylor rampaged through a static Fylde defence to power an unstoppable header past Neal for 1-1.

Moors weren’t finished there. With 89 minutes on the clock, McKeown drove towards the edge of the box and looked likely to let fly, only to pick out a cute pass for Taylor into the left of the area and the front man dinked a beautiful finish past Neal to set off wild celebrations.

Neal was forced into further action to deny Greaves his first Moors goal when he tipped the midfielder’s shot over the bar as Moors finished the game strongly and collected an impressive victory.

Full Time: Moors 2 AFC Fylde 1

Moors: Flatters, Curtis, Mbeka, Ledger, Lufudu (Shanks 81), Angell, Ross, Greaves, Ramshaw, Blackett (McKeown 71), Taylor.
Subs not used: Wombwell, Day, Wood.

Booked: Ross (22).

AFC Fylde: Neal, Davis, Whitmore, Bird, Pike (Obi 77), Philliskirk, Hatfield, Conlan, Charman (Cybulski 60), Ligendza (Barrett 68), Rowley.
Subs not used: Delfouneso, Malone.

Booked: Hatfield (9), Davis (41), Rowley (82).

Referee: James Westgate

Attendance: 1,445 (103 AFC Fylde)

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