Doodson Sport Cup 3rd Round – AFC Fylde 4-0 Nantwich Town


A fantastic Fylde second half performance involving ex-Dabbers Sean Cooke who grabbed a brace and Caspar Hughes put the Dabbers to the sword and out of the Doodson Sport Cup on a wet and windy night.

Fylde began with tails up after a good recent run and Michael Barnes’ cross had to be headed wide by Nantwich’s Alex Frost on four minutes.

On 15 minutes Fylde had their sixth corner and this time chose to cross in to the box after several failed short corners but to no avail as the biting wind helped it drift wide.

Dabber Osebi Abadaki forced a full-stretch save out of Ben Hinchcliffe on 16 minutes when it looked like the away side would break the dead-lock.

Nantwich shouts against Matt Hughes for a penalty were rejected on 24 minutes.

Matt Hughes nearly scored on 26 minutes but his effort hit the post from close.

Sean Cooke went close on 27 minutes with a dipping effort but Nantwich survived.

Cooke went for goal again on 30 minutes but it went narrowly wide.

Nantwich had a great chance on 37 minutes with Harry Clayton free on the right wing but his cross to the back post was cut out before Steve Foster could reach it.

Coasters left back, Luke Denson, was unlucky not to open the scoring with a long ranger that hit the underside of the bar and bounced just ahead of the goal line on 44 minutes with the cold crowd gasping.

Sean Cooke scored from a questionably given freekick with a whipped effort to the right top corner on 58 minutes.

Aidan Chippendale made it two only two minutes later with a firm strike in to Jack Cudworth’s corner.

Andy White came close for Nantwich on 62 minutes when he burst down the left flank and shot from an angle but Hinchcliffe stood up well.

There were more calls for handball from the Dabbers on 63 minutes but the referee was having none of it.

Danny Lloyd made it 3-0 on 72 minutes after good build-up play involving England Schools striker, Ryan Charnley, and Cooke, set him up to finish.

Cooke bagged a brace on 79 minutes after the returning Mat Bailey lost the ball in a dangerous position.

Fylde: Ben Hinchcliffe, David Hankin (Jake Gregory 77), Luke Denson, Matt Hughes, Andy Russell, Caspar Hughes, Danny Lloyd (Joey Mullen 72), Joe Booth, Michael Barnes, Sean Cooke, Aidan Chippendale (Ryan Charnley 66). Subs: Adam Sumner, Matt Blinkhorn.

Nantwich: Jack Cudworth, Sam Wilson, Andy White, Mark Jones, Alex Frost, Matt Bailey, Harry Clayton (Josh Eastwood 74), Max Harrop, Ben Deegan, Steve Foster, Osebi Abadaki (Aaron Burns 68). Subs: Dereece Gardiner, Earl Davis, Peter Green.

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