Disappointed? Yes. Deflated? No!

ALDERSHOT TOWN 1 – 2 AFC FYLDE

 

MUSIC: Focus – “Hard Vanilla” from their 1975 album, Mother Focus

My match video doesn’t have the two Fylde goals but, well who wants to relive those anyway!

Let’s have it right first of all, the better team won. That Fowler block on the line, other situations we created for the opposition ourselves, we might have conceded three or four today.

Fylde are a well-organised unit and tipped for the top. They put together some incisive attacking moves and there is no disgrace in losing to them.

I reckon Fowler should have started. I thought Mullings was lost at sea. Overall though it was a good workout and having such a tough opening game, hopefully it will do us good in the long run.

The fans were amazing yet again, we probably have THE BEST FANS IN THIS LEAGUE and still a ground to be proud of.

You can have your airy-fairy all-seater bowls but The Rec is still where it’s at! Proper football ground.

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BBC REPORT

Danny Rowe’s penalty helped give AFC Fylde a winning start to the National League season at Aldershot.

Fylde dominated the first half, with Rowe denied an early goal when Dan Bradley’s pinpoint cross was cut out.

Kurt Willoughby crashed a header against the bar before Aldershot fell behind when Neill Byrne rose highest to steer Mark Yeates’ free-kick into the net.

It was nearly two shortly before the break as Rowe thundered an effort past keeper Mitch Walker, with substitute George Fowler putting in an expert block on the line.

Rowe, who notched 27 goals for Fylde last season, doubled the lead from the spot after Bradley was felled while attempting to head home.

Debutant Connor Shields ensured a tense finale when halving the deficit, his shot squeezing in from a tight angle.

SHOTS

  • 1 Walker
  • 2 Tinkler
  • 3 Kinsella
  • 7 Santos D’Abadia (Berkeley-Agyepongat 66′)
  • 5 O’Dwyer (Fowler 39′)
  • 15 Finney
  • 4 Rance
  • 8 Rowe
  • 9 Mullings
  • 10 Shields
  • 11 Panayiotou (Chislett 78′)

Referee:Sam Allison

Attendance:2,003

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