Saints unable to maintain run against high fliers

Brackley Town's David Moyo gets in  across against AFC Fylde at St James Park
Brackley Town's David Moyo gets in across against AFC Fylde at St James Park

Brackley Town were unable to maintain their recent run of results as AFC Fylde sealed a 2-0 victory at St James Park to maintain second spot behind Barrow in Saturday’s Vanarama Conference North clash.

A one-sided first half saw the visitors take an early lead from Danny Rowe’s 20 yard strike which Danny Lloyd-McGoldrick doubled on the stroke of halftime. Saints, with veteran keeper Billy Turley replacing Dean Snedker who was recalled by Northampton Town, made a contest of it in the second half but could not get back in it.

Fylde tested Turley twice in the first moments of the game before the opening goal in the 11th minute, a gem by Rowe, the striker turning in too much space then finding a wonderful shot that flew into the net giving Turley no chance.

It characterised a lack lustre opening half hour from Saints affording the visitors easy possession and brought manager Jon Brady to the bench from his vantage point in the stand. His side’s sole chance of a sluggish first half performance came as Ryan Rowe shot narrowly wide in the 35th minute.

In added-time the impressive Lloyd-McGoldrick finished clinically for the second goal after Turley’s defence was exposed.

The Coasters created few further chances in the second period although Lloyd-McGoldrick brought a fine save from Turley in the dying minutes after a weaving run and saw another effort deflected over in added-time. Before that Saints had enjoyed a period of better possession and threatened to halve the deficit with efforts from David Moyo and Michael Built.

At the whistle however there was no denying it was Fylde’s day as they recorded a double over Saints.