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Match Report: AFC Fylde 2-1 Morecambe

25 July 2017

Morecambe went down to their third successive pre season defeat when they lost 2-1 to AFC Fylde at Mill Farm.

The Shrimps got off to a poor start and were a goal down after nine minutes.

The veteran full back Nicky Hunt, on trial with the home side, found the Coasters' prolific striker Danny Rowe and he made no mistake with a cool finish to beat Dan Nizic.

The home side continued to attack with Andy Bond coming close to adding a second on 16 minutes when he headed a cross from Zain Francis-Angol against the post.

After a slow start the Shrimps began to threaten with Vadaine Oliver twice going close with headers and the lively Adam Campbell drawing a fine save from Jay Lynch and dragging a late shot wide from a good opening.

Jim Bentley's side started the second half well with Aaron McGowan going close from a tight angle before the home side scored a second on 57 minutes.

James Hardy swung over a right wing corner and Mitchell Lund headed into his own net past the helpless Nizic.

The Shrimps pulled one back on 67 minutes with a well worked goal as Turner headed home Luke Conlan's left wing cross.

Conlan saw a long range shot saved by Lynch before Rowe showed his skill again to force a great block from Nizic with a shot from the edge of the area.

The Shrimps ended the game strongly but could not find a leveller.

AFC Fylde Lynch, Hunt (rep Ezewele 73), Francis-Angol, Langley, Tunnicliffe, Montrose, Jones (rep Hardy 46), Finley, Rowe, Muldoon (rep Tasdemir 83), Bond. Subs not used: Taylor, Morgan, Hughes, McCready, Grand, Daniels, Hassell, Green.

Morecambe Nizic, Lund, Trialist, Kenyon (rep Brough 61), McGowan, Rose (rep Hedley 77), Wildig (rep Fleming 61), Conlan, Campbell (rep Deakin 46), Oliver (rep Turner 46), Ellison (rep Thompson 70). Subs not used: Armstrong, Yawson, Brownsword.

Ref D Underwood.

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