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Kendal Town 1-2 AFC Fylde
DAVE CHALLINOR’S AFC Fylde showed their quality to send Kendal crashing out of the FA Trophy and secure their own passage to the next round.
Andy Russell and Harry Winter found the net as the Coasters dominated the opening period although Maison McGeechan headed home to give the Mintcakes a second-half platform.
Steve Edmondson made one change from Saturday’s draw at Kellamergh Park with Mike Rushton replacing Ricky Mercer for his second start of the season.
The visitors’ line-up sported four as Challinor once again shuffled his pack, with 16-year-old forward Ryan Charnley drafted in for his full debut after impressing in pre-season.
Kendal spurned a golden opportunity to take the lead in the opening minute as a forward ball gave McGeechan a clear sight of goal but his first-time shot missed the target.
Two minutes later, a foul on Matt Hughes by Danny Coid presented Michael Barnes with a free-kick 25-yards out with his effort narrowly whistling past the post.
Fylde had their chances in the opening tie without overly convincing but looked a fluent outfit on this occasion as they bossed the first-half for large periods.
A neat flick by Matt Blinkhorn released the pacey Barnes down the left flank with his low centre finding Winter whose shot was saved by the legs of Dootson.
The visitors took the lead in the 11th minute, Barnes’ corner flicked into the path Russell by Hughes, with the centre-half applying a finish from within the six-yard box.
Charnley tested Dooson with a low drive before former Kendal loan keeper Ben Hinchcliffe came to Fylde’s rescue with a top-drawer save to deny Danny Mitchley on 26 minutes.
Kendal’s leading marksman collected a deflected Zach Clark effort and turned his marker only for his goal-bound effort to be turned behind by a sprawling Hinchcliffe.
With Fylde looking to turn the screw before half-time, Bradley Barnes released Winter who could only fire straight at Dootson from the edge of the area.
Four minutes before the break, former Northwich Victoria midfielder Winter had his goal, poking home after Dootson failed to claim a Barnes cross from the left.
There was very little goalmouth action at the start of the second period with a Hughes header from Barnes’ left-wing corner the only real threat to either goal.
However, the home side established a foothold in the game and set-up and intriguing last 20 minutes as McGeechan’s headed goal halved the Kendal arrears.
Ross Lloyd’s free-kick found Mitchley in the box, with the ex-Altrincham loan man inducing a mis-timed challenge from Barnes leaving the referee with little option but to point to the spot.
Mitchley proved a menace in the original tie but the 24-year-old saw his spot-kick saved by Hinchcliffe, with his blushes spared by McGeechan who reacted quickest to head home the rebound.
With Kendal given fresh impetus, Mitchley and substitute Green combined as the latter’s cross found McGeechan whose low effort was saved by Hinchcliffe.
The lively Danny Lloyd made a positive impact on proceedings as a substitute on Saturday and repeated the feat after replacing Charnley on the hour-mark.
With ten minutes remaining, Lloyd’s mazy run carved open the Mintcakes’ backline only for Dootson to come to the home side’s rescue.
At the other end, McGeechan fired an effort into the side-netting while Lloyd’s inswinging cross narrowly evaded Green as Kendal said their farewell to the FA Trophy for another season.
Kendal Town: Craig Dootson, Ross Lloyd, Jack Smith, Mike Rushton (Danny McGahon 78), Martin Grundy, Niall Cowperthwaite, Rob Wilson, Danny Coid (c), Danny Mitchley (Matthew Knipe 89), Maison McGeechan, Zach Clark (Darren Green 57). Subs not used: Adam Freeland, Colin Watson
AFC Fylde: Ben Hinchcliffe, Dave Hankin (Luke Denson 57), Adam Sumner, Matt Hughes (c), Andy Russell, Casper Hughes, Bradley Barnes, Harry Winter, Matt Blinkhorn, Michael Barnes, Ryan Charnley (Danny Lloyd 60). Subs not used: Jamie Rainford, Jack Dorney, Joe Booth
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