The honours were even and the match was even as Lancaster City and AFC Fylde battled it out at Giant Axe in front of crowd of over 500 spectators.
A game of two solid defences and very few chances was a very fast paced entertaining affair as the rain soaked pitched suited both teams style of football. AFC Fylde took the early lead through Richie Allen who broke the offside trap and slotted the ball past Fearon to give Fylde the early lead as they controlled the opening stages, but City grew in confidence and brought the game even after Alex Meaney latched onto a stray defensive pass and curled a beautiful low strike past Fylde keeper Unsworth to put the game level. Lancaster might have felt they should have taken the lead shortly after as Unsworth parried a Hattersley shot into the path of Zach Clark who from a very narrow angle guided his shot onto the inside of the post and out to keep the score at 1-1 going into the half time break.
The second half continued to be played on an even keel after the torrential rain at half time soaked the pitch and both teams looked set out to play counter attacking football that was played at breathtaking pace at times. Early into the second half AFC Fylde should have been reduced to 10 men after Mat Kay's horrific late challenge on Zach Clark that left the City winger unable to walk. The referee, who struggled to cope with the fast paced game, only saw fit to brandish a yellow card as Clark was carried off the pitch to the the dressing room and replaced by Billy McKenna. Kay was swiftly replaced by former City man Rob Wilson. Both teams had gilt edge chances to win the game in the final minutes as Lee Dodgson pulled a shot wide after being played through by Hattersley in City's best chance and former City man Dave Swarbrick could only deflect a Paul Jarvis cross wide from 6 yards in the best chance of the second half with 3 minutes remaining.
|Radcliffe Borough||0||3||Woodley Sports||Att. 107|
|Trafford||2||3||Witton Albion||Att. 160|
|Wakefield||4||1||Ossett Town||Att. 117|
|Warrington Town||2||1||Cammell Laird||Att. 139|
|Prescot Cables||1||1||Salford City||Att. 211|
|Ossett Albion||3||0||Durham City||Att. 133|
|Garforth Town||1||1||Farsley FC||Att. 254|
|Harrogate Railway Athletic||1||0||Clitheroe||Att. 97|
|Lancaster City||1||1||AFC Fylde||Att. 501|
|Mossley||0||4||Curzon Ashton||Att. 219|
|Bamber Bridge||2||2||Skelmersdale United||Att. 189|