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Match Preview: AFC Fylde Women v Wolves Women

Photo: Heather Watson - AFC Fylde Women

AFC Fylde Women make their long-awaited return to Kellamergh Park on Sunday for their rearranged home clash with Wolves Women.

This league fixture takes place on Sunday 14th April, with kick-off at 2.00 pm.

It has been just over a month since Fylde last played at Kellamergh Park when they hosted Stoke City Women on 10th March. In the meantime, the Coasters have faced a run of three back-to-back away games. That run would have stretched to four, but last Sunday’s trip to Stoke City Women was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Emerys Stadium in Norton.

This Sunday’s encounter with Wolves was originally scheduled for 25th February, but the Coasters were forced to postpone the fixture at short notice owing to a series of injuries in their squad.

With no competitive action last weekend, Jake Williams and Steve Mainwaring have been afforded more valuable time on the training pitch to prepare their team for the visit of Dan McNamara’s high-flying Wolves side.

Challenging at the top end of the division, McNamara’s charges have recorded fives wins out of the last six games, including an emphatic 5-1 home victory over Halifax Women last Sunday. That result rounded off a positive week for Wolves after winning all three games and strengthening their position in fourth place, with two games in hand on the chasing pack.

When the two sides last met back in September, Wolves ran out convincing 5-0 winners at New Bucks Head in Telford as the Coasters continued their difficult start to the campaign.

On that occasion, Wolves took a commanding lead in the first half with goals from Tammi George, Beth Merrick, and Destiney Toussaint, who bagged a hat-trick. Fylde stemmed the tide in the second half but could not avoid a heavy defeat on their travels.

Heading into the return fixture this Sunday, the Coasters will be hoping for a better outcome as they entertain Wolves for their penultimate home game of the season.

Words by Scott Jones

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