AFC Fylde 0 Dover Athletic 0: Honours even in Jim Bentley’s first home game as Coasters boss

Fylde captain Danny Rowe shoots Picture Steve McLellan
Fylde captain Danny Rowe shoots Picture Steve McLellan

Jim Bentley had to make do with a point in his first game at Mill Farm, as AFC Fylde and Dover Athletic played out a goalless draw.

The Coasters started brightly and could have had an early lead as Danny Rowe’s header looped just beyond the post.

After a Rowe free-kick that was well held by keeper Yusuf Mersin, AFC Fylde had an opportunity handed to them which could have been decisive.

A defensive blunder offered Jordan Williams the chance to break the deadlock after a mistake in the Dover defence.

Fylde’s top scorer was one-on-one with Mersin, and although he had plenty of time to pick his spot, he went for the near post and saw his effort denied.

The second half was a similar affair, with Matty Kosylo opening up space before seeing his left-footed effort hit the side netting.

Shortly afterwards, the Coasters thought they had taken the lead when a deep cross to Rowe was played into the path of Ryan Croasdale, who was unable to bundle it over the line.

This was a wake-up call for the visitors, who produced their best chance of the game through striker Inih Effiong.

After being found in space, Effiong fired a powerful effort which looked destined for the top right-hand corner, only to be denied in wonderful style by James Montgomery.

The visitors continued to look for a goal on the break through the menacing Effiong, while the Coasters hoped that Rowe would come up with some magic.

After striking a free-kick into the wall, Rowe was played through by Luke Burke, but he got his lobbed effort wrong, sending it over the bar.

AFC Fylde: Montgomery, Burke, Byrne, Whitmore, Taylor (Jameson 87), Philliskirk, Croasdale (Bradley 71), Williams, Haughton (Yeates 66), Kosylo, Rowe. Subs not used: Forbes, Hornby.

Dover Athletic: Mersin, Passley, Doe, Gobern, Simpson, Rooney, Woods, Munns (Jeffrey 84), Reason, Rigg, Effiong. Subs not used: Worgan, Cumberbatch, Ratti, Sotiriou.

Referee: Joseph Johnson.

Attendance: 1,185.