Pools Youth Team fell to their first defeat of the season as
AFC Fylde ran out winners in the NLFA Northern Division encounter on Wednesday
The home side were good value for their 4-1 triumph as Ian
McGuckin's youngsters were made to pay for some lapses in concentration at theback during the trip to the Fylde Coast.
There was a frenetic start to the contest as Fylde got on
the front foot in the opening minutes and Pools keeper Grant Lowerson had tomake a smart save from a shot from distance.
However, a counter-attack almost saw Pools steal in front
when the home keeper was caught out of position with Jake Grey running through
but the recovering defenders just got back in time and the chance was snuffedout.
Pools did go in front on 14 minutes though. Great work down
the right from Aaron Willoughby saw him create some space to feed the ballacross to Grey and he was able to prod it home from close range.
The game was end to end for a spell after that before Fylde
drew level just before the half-hour when a ball in from the left wasn't dealt
with by Pools and Harrison Webster's attempted clearance ricocheted offteammate Adam Campbell and beyond Lowerson for 1-1.
The goal seemed to knock Pools off course and the hosts went
in front for the first time just before half-time when a short corner caughtMcGuckin's men out and Fylde worked it well to take the lead.
Pools created a number of good chances in the second half as
they searched for a route back in to the game; Lucas Pilling went close with a
header and Coleby Shepherd tested the keeper with a couple of efforts fromlong-range.
However, on 67 minutes it was Fylde who scored again as the
forward broke away, rode a couple of challenges and finished well to make it3-1.
Pools went chasing the game in the closing stages and were
caught out again near the end as The Coasters raced clear to grab a fourth goaland secure the three points.
“It seems to affect us psychologically when we concede agoal so we need to work on that,” admitted McGuckin afterwards.
“We need to be more resilient because we are creating a lot
of chance at the other end but we need to stay focused and in the game at thosemoments when things might go against us.
“I am still learning about this group with every game we playthough, identifying their strengths and what they need to improve upon.
“We fell short on this challenge but we'll get back to workand be ready for the next one.”
Full Time: AFC Fylde 4 Pools 1
Pools: Lowerson, James (Gibson 67)), Webster, Campbell, Naisbett, Pilling, Willoughby (Sturdy 67), Shepherd, Chapman (Wilson 55), Leonard, Grey.