Fylde


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Fylde

a region in NW England in Lancashire between the Wyre and Ribble estuaries
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Gateshead were all over the place in the opening 20 minutes and Fylde could have been two up before they scored in the 16th minute.
A wet, muddy Butts Park Arena pitch limited any real prospect of a free-flowing game, and it was the 63rd minute before Cov made sure of maximum points as Fylde defended with a commitment belying their position at the foot of the National League One table.
A Greg Smith penalty for Fylde jolted Cov into life, leading to a second penalty try and a yellow card for hooker Ben Gregory.
But at the death, he suffered a serious head injury after challenging for the ball with AFC Fylde skipper Sam Finley.
And Fylde have done just that by collecting 19 points from the last 21 available.
The derby-like trip to Fylde will be the first since 2011 and since then, a lot has changed.
Fylde will tackle their Lancashire rivals at the 6,000-capacity Mill Farm.
Despite sitting bottom of National One, Fylde struck first as Thomas Grimes evaded a tackle on halfway before racing 50 metres down the wing to score after five minutes.
Dunn, though, pulled off an excellent save after 32 minutes to deny Smith a second after the Fylde man reacted quickest to another Rowe free-kick that had taken a deflection as the hosts went in comfortably ahead at the break.
Fylde took the lead on 37 minutes after a good lay-off from Jack Muldoon and Rowe made no mistake with the finish.
The Tynesiders are in limbo with assistant manager Lee Nogan in charge at Fylde in the absence of manager Neil Aspin.
GATESHEAD'S search for a first away win of the season continues at newcomers AFC Fylde tonight.