AFC Fylde 2 Bradford PA 1
Extra-time goals from Richie Allen and Danny Lloyd saw off Bradford Park Avenue in an entertaining FA Cup second qualifying round replay.
AFC Fylde took on Park Avenue for the third time in 21 days and the replay proved to be just as exciting a game, as the previous two had been.
It was end-to-end stuff with all the ingredients of a classic cup match.
Despite AFC Fylde being 11 points ahead of Bradford Park Avenue in the Vanarama Conference North, Dave Challinor stressed the importance of underestimating the quality Bradford Park Avenue possess and in his programme notes, stated his side should not get complacent following the 2-2 draw on Saturday which led to the replay.
The game had started in tentative fashion but the first chance fell to AFC Fylde’s Danny Rowe in the 10th minute as his powerful shot was deflected over the bar, much to the relief of the Bradford Park Avenue goalkeeper John Danby.
Bradford started growing into the game with striker Chib Chilaka causing Fylde’s defence all sorts of problems with his physicality and aerial prowess. Ben Hinchliffe was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the first half after making numerous saves most notably from a curling effort by Joe Colbeck in the 38th minute.
However, The Coasters found their feet in the second half but unfortunately for them, goalkeeper Danby was proving to be unbeatable. AFC Fylde’s Michael Barnes had an effort cleared off the line before Danby made a point-blank save from Richie Allen.
Both teams pressed for a winner in normal time but extra-time was required. The breakthrough eventually came in the first three minutes of extra-time when Allen stroked the ball home with a left-foot finish.
Bradford Park Avenue pressed for an equaliser which would force a penalty shootout but a classic counterattack from Allen resulted with Lloyd calmly slotting the ball home in the 102nd minute.
AFC Fylde began closing out the game but Bradford Park Avenue were not finished. Danny Frost scored a wonderful curling goal minutes after Lloyd had seemingly put the tie away.
The Coasters did, however, hold on and a third-round qualifying tie against Buxton now awaits on October 11 as both teams edge towards the glory of The FA Cup.