Foxes force Fylde ladies to settle for point
Fylde Ladies had to settle for a point at Riverside Pavilion after a 1-1 draw against newly-promoted Leicester City.
Coasters captain Hannah Forster opened the scoring on seven minutes but Leicester pegged them back shortly before half-time, Alex Madden picking out the top corner.
Luke Swindlehurst was forced into making three changes to his starting line-up, with Kim Turner, Eve Kennerley and Development Squad captain Emily Marsh replacing the absent Jenna Carroll and Chloe Adams, whilst Lagan Makin dropped to the bench. The Coasters started with real intent early on and were soon in the lead.
Natasha Flint broke down the left and cut the ball back for Forster to fire home.
Fylde stopper Gemma Jackson saved well after Kim Farrow broke through the Coasters defence.
Farrow continued to look dangerous in the final third for the Foxes, shotting narrowly over the top.
A leveller duly arrived on 38 minutes, when Madden looped an effort over the stranded Jackson from the left side of the penalty area.
Madden could have turned the game around early in the second half when she dashed through one-on-one with Jackson but her tame shot was comfortable for the keeper.
Leicester substitute Chan Robinson had only been on the pitch two minutes when her cross from the left found Sophie Domingo charging in at the back post, but she was denied by the quick reactions of Jackson.
On 79 minutes, Jackson was at it again, blocking Robinson’s drive before Olivia Wilkes cleared the danger.
Lagan Makin had a perfect opportunity to find the winning goal three minutes later. Forster played the ball over the top, which allowed space for the substitute to take aim but her shot was weak.
The Coasters remain third in the FA Women’s Northern Premier League after picking up the point in Leicester, but have not managed a win in their last six league games.
Next up for Luke Swindlehurst’s side is a trip to third-placed Blackburn Rovers tomorrow night.
Kick-off at Bamber Bridge FC is at 7.45pm.
Fylde Ladies: Jackson, Stanfield, Marsh, Turner (Makin 69), Wilkes, Forster, Young, Kennerley, Walker, Foster, Flint.