AFC Fylde star Danny Rowe was delighted to end his mini ‘goal drought’ in the 5-0 thrashing of Stalybridge Celtic.
Rowe had failed to register for two games but was back with Saturday’s ‘perfect’ hat-trick as the Coasters extended their lead at the top of Vanarama National North to four points.
The frontman is now just one goal short of last season’s total of 24 goals with well over half the season to play, but he was more pleased that Fylde bounced back in style after their first league defeat of the season at Tamworth.
Rowe said: “I hadn’t scored in two games and the lads were joking that I was having a goal drought, so it was great to get back on the scoresheet.
“It was even more pleasing to get back to winning ways after last week’s disappointment. It wasn’t the most difficult game we have played but we had to perform and to win so convincingly was great.
“I never imagined that I would start the season so well. It’s been my best ever start.
“You do set targets at the beginning of the season that you keep quiet, but they are for the end of the season so there is still plenty of time to go.
“I did think that if I could get a consistent run of games I would score goals.
“It was good to get a variety of goals too – left foot, right foot, header.
“The most pleasing one was probably the header because I don’t score many of those. I like to think I am decent at finishing with both feet but I want more headers, so that was pleasing.
Rowe says Fylde are aiming to maintain momentum tonight, when they entertain Darwen in the second round of the Lancashire Challenge Trophy.
The east Lancashire club play three levels below Fylde in the Hallmark Security League and Rowe said: “I’m not sure what kind of team the manager will put out but I imagine there will be one eye on Saturday’s game at Darlington.
“A few different players might get a run out but our main focus will undoubtedly be the weekend.”
n Fylde are offer subsidised away travel for this weekend’s clash of the top two at Darlington.
Chief executive Neil Joy said: “Our attendances at home this season have been fantastic and now we aim to increase our away following.
“We have several other plans in the pipeline and if supporters have ideas of their own we welcome their input.”
Coach seats are priced at £10 and can be booked on 01772 682593. Pick-up times are as follows.
10am: The Saddle Blackpool
10.15am: St Annes Pier
10.25am: The County, Lytham
10.35am: The Plough, Freckleton
10.45am: Town End, Kirkham
11am: Mill Farm, Wesham
Squires Gate and AFC Blackpool are at home to higher league opposition in the Lancashire Challenge Trophy this evening.
Gate face Fylde’s National North rivals Chorley, while AFC welcome Clitheroe of the Evo-Stik League.