A.F.C. Fylde 5-2 Tranmere Rovers: Coasters end Super Whites’ Unbeaten National League run as 2018 starts with defeat

By Joel Lampkin

Tranmere Rovers were off their dominant form as of late as a series of defensive errors saw A.F.C Fylde claim all three points at Millfarm stadium.

Both sides started slow before Danny Rowe tapped home a shot that was parried by Scott Davies in the middle of the first half as the errors kept on coming.

The Rovers shipped in two more goals before shortly after and a fourth was added 15′ minutes into the second-half, with Tranmere’s Ollie Banks clawing one back in the 60′ minute.

The Coasters looked firmly in control in the final minutes before adding a fifth through another tap in before the in-form Connor Jennings slotted home a stoppage time penalty.

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Despite the loss, marking their first dropped points in the past five league games, Tranmere sit in sixth place with a game in hand over fourth placed Dover Athletic.

It was a bitterly cold afternoon at Millfarm and taking into account both sides’ recent form it looked like a predictable Rovers victory on the horizon.

The script did not go to plan, as a much more physical and imposing Fylde was on display opposed to the side beaten at Prenton Park on Boxing Day.

Rovers struggled to create early on with the final ball often overhit and the home-side took full advantage of their frustration.

An innocuous delivery from a controversial free-kick was poorly cleared before a pass found its way to Rowe who tapped home from close range to open the scoring.

A second error soon occurred as Banks lost possession in the middle of the park allowing Jack Muldoon to roam into the open space and fire home from distance.

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Jack Muldoon fired home from distance to double the scoring (image: Steve Mclellan/AFC Fylde)

The bobbling effort bounced past Davies into his bottom left corner with the away-side left stunned along with the travelling support behind the goal.

As Tranmere tried to recoup, the offside trap caught out James Norwood on multiple occasions halting the striker’s groove who has scored just one in his past four games.

A lively run from young Jonny Smith opened up The Super Whites to more trauma as his byline cross found its way to Zaine Francis-Angol who tapped home from close range; a running theme for the home side.

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Jonny Smith was one of the standout stars for the home side (image: Steve Mclellan/AFC Fylde)

Just before half-time, the scoreline was a mere speck on the windshield compared to the crack that was about to follow as shot stopper Davies was substituted for Luke Pilling due to a ruptured groin.

Sensing the need for some fresh legs, Micky Mellon hauled off Larnell Cole for Eddie Clarke with the youngster a surprise omission from the starting XI.

Tranmere started the second half as bad as the first as they received a series of corners with no end product propelling jeers from the travelling Super White Army

Fylde punished Rovers for their missed chances as a free-kick from deep was nodded home by Jordan Tunnicliffe with the ball sailing over Pilling who could only watch as the home-side went 4-0 up.

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Luke Pilling could only watch as the ball lobs him for AFC Fylde’s fourth (image: Steve Mclellan/AFC Fylde)

Against the run of play however, Banks pulled one back to add a sense of competition to the fixture with his powerful effort blasting the bottom corner of Jay Lynch’s goal.

However, much like the opening period, The Super Whites struggled to offer more and Fylde quickly took control of the ball passing it around freely..

With the game drawing to a close, the home-side practically walked the ball into the net as 17-year-old Serhat Tasdemir tapped home following some slick passing.

The excitement was not to end – in stoppage time looking for some conciliation, Jennings was brought down inside the box and put away the resulting penalty to make it seven goals in five games for the midfielder.

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Connor Jennings tucked home his seventh in five games as he is brought down for a penalty (image: Steve Mclellan/AFC Fylde)

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