Sat 9th Dec 2017
Boreham Wood FC v AFC Fylde
An 05:15 get up, to meet the coach at Mill Farm for an 06:30 departure.
Except I didn’t, I stayed in my cosy warm bed until after 8am.
The decision to take the car for once, instead of the FISC coach, was taken out of pity for my dogs who have recently endured double days & nights in kennels whilst I attend away matches on the South Coast, plus an extra few hours of kip always comes in handy.
9am, dogs to the kennels and head for the motorway at 09:30.
We hit heavy snow on the M55, followed by more on the M6 around Preston…then come to a halt due to an accident closing 2 lanes by Bamber Bridge. Should we come off at the next junction and go home? Was it worth the risk?
Of course, it’s Fylde!
Another 10 mins and the weather cleared. We arrived at Norton Canes Services 2 hours and 15 mins later.
In comparison, I could have had a kip on the coach and arrived at the services within 2 hours, plus in the coach you’re delivered right to the door!
The 2nd half of the journey saw another accident on the M1; 45 mins delay with a 6 mile tailback. Whilst we queued in the car the coach arrived at St Albans and dropped everyone off at the Xmas market, followed by a quick refreshment.
At least we beat the coach to the ground and watched the players warm up.
The ground is somewhat “open plan”, reminding me once again how lucky we are at Mill Farm.
Kick off and both teams keeping the ball on the ground on a good pitch. On 6 mins Boreham Wood broke down the left, whipped the ball in and forced a save from Jay Lynch. Unfortunately the ball landed at their striker’s feet, and it was slotted in and we were 1 down.
We had a couple of chances, falling to each of our central defenders whilst Boreham Wood had at least 4.
Half Time: 1-0
The 2nd half saw chances for both teams in freezing conditions.
Their keeper pulled off a finger tip save to stop a great Blinks effort.
Both teams had chances, especially in the last ten mins when play was end to end but try as we did, we just couldn’t equalise.
Final Score: 1-0 to Boreham Wood.
The return journey was much easier, reaching Mill Farm 20 mins in front of the coach.
Next away game is Tuesday and I’m looking forward to the convenience of the coach!
Book your slot on the coach for future games rather than battling the weather and traffic…it’s easy via our FISC page on www.fyldesupporters.co.uk
7 Oct 17 v Sutton Utd
Another 06:30 deary me start.
But it was worth worth it (who am I kidding!), as we arrived at the M6 toll services by 08:20 and bumped into Man City U16s who took a while to work out that “Blackpool” were actually AFC Fylde away (or AFC Flyde to our friends).
A quick Costa refresh and we were on our way.
Sutton appeared on the horizon at 11:50 which meant 2 hrs in the Woodies sports bar for lunch and a refreshment or 2…or 3, or 4, or quite a few more in some cases…songs followed 😁.
Smiles all round enroute to the ground
And EVERY players song practiced ready for kick off.
Segregation meant a coach trip to the opposite side of the ground to enter the stadium, alongside Sutton fans, into a non segregated area to walk to a non-segregated stand. Work that one out!
There was about 30 of us but we out sung the 2,000 Sutton fans (wasn’t too hard, they’d all lost their voices).
For 26 mins we were as good or is that as bleak as Sutton. Tunnicliffe’s injury turned the game in favour of the home team and on 42 mins they took the lead. Still we out sung the home team….
A few minutes later we gave away a 2nd goal to make the half time score 2-0 to Sutton.
After changing ends we continued in our efforts to vocally support the team in the 2nd half.
In a half where Stevie Mac (our main man with the camera) had more control of his bladder than the players had of the ball (Disappeared several times…) we huffed and puffed without a shot on goal. Finally we came alive and on 85 mins Grandy put the ball in the net to pull one back.
Try as they did for another 9 mins it wasn’t to be leaving the final result as a 2-1 home win for Sutton.
I was going to ask for other supporters comments on the match but as we head round the M25 there’s more signs of life in the Sutton pitch than on the bus….
…maybe next time.
Don’t forget to enter a team for the Pub Quiz night on Thurs 19th October, at the Stanley Arms, Wesham. See the www.fyldesupporters.co.uk website for more info (link in the top menu)
30th Sept 2017
Leyton Orient 1- 2 AFC Fylde
<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< we were awake before it for once, keen to start the day’s journey to the capital. A swift pick up en-route to collect 2 more die-hard supporters saw us arrive at Preston train station in plenty of time for the 05:58 to Euston....almost worth getting up so early for £22 return. A gathering of ginger headed people followed, in honour of Jack Eckman and his 18th birthday. The journey was uneventful except for Jack Eckman: with a toilet available several metres away he broke his away record and lasted well over an hour! The train pulled into Euston on time. Some departed for a £5 full English at Speedys, others insisted on a visit to Paul Hollywood’s new cafe and paid substantially more for considerably less 😳. The main group headed off round all the sights, led by the stadium announcer; Mr Porter...no microphone needed for his aptly named Pants Tour. By 2pm tours, shopping, sightseeing was complete and we all gathered in Leyton Orient’s Supporters Club for refreshment and a chat with very friendly home supporters. On to the game. The first half saw both sides pressing for the opener, with both coming close. The deadlock was broken when our man Rowey unleashed a thundering free kick from just outside the box into the top corner...and the crowd went wild...well, all 93 of us! Half Time: 1 nil to Fylde to keep the large home crowd quiet. The 2nd half saw Leyton press for the equaliser but Rowey had other ideas. He got the ball 30yds out and hit a thunderbolt, top corner again and 2 nil to the Fylde. Despite Leyton pressing, our keeper Jay Lynch was on hand to pull off a great save with his feet but couldn’t stop the home side from pulling one back. Tension spread across the terrace as we tried to cling on, well most of the terrace: <<<<<
Our keeper pulled off another save on the line (right on the line) and the goal post stopped the Orient from drawing level. Down to 10 men with a few mins left (lewis Montrose 2 yellows meant red) saw all the team behind the ball to cling on for 3 very welcome points and lots of applause for the travelling fans after the final whistle.
A great day out following the Fylde…in Chally we trust!<<
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Eastleigh v AFC Fylde 16th Sept
An 06:30 departure from Mill Farm on our latest adventure.<ival at Southampton by 11:45, including our usual mid-route stop off on the M6 toll (note to Jack Eckman, 2 hrs!) and a quick chat with 2 coach loads of Man City fans.
We checked in to the nearest pub; The Cricketers Arms, whilst others went on to the ground.
With a couple of hours to spare we completed numerous activities in the beer garden, including a conker throwing (into a waste bin) tournament and an initiation ceremony for Brian (karaoke) swiftly followed by our Supporters Chairman Craig, who was slowly getting “trolleyed”.
2 hours later and it was time to walk to the ground….for most of us. Our FISC chairman was somewhat “trolleyed” by now and so his young carer (son Kieran) did the honourable thing; placed him in a supermarket trolley (doesnt every pub have one at hand?) and set off wheeling him to the ground, closely followed by the rest of us.
The match ebbed and flowed, along with our singing, with the surrounding home fans joining in our songs and us singing their songs, such was the great atmosphere behind the goal.we went behind twice (including one on the stroke of half time…who says we concede at 45 & 90 mins!) and having a few chances to seal a win, including a great strike by Rowey.
The end result 2-2 and a fantastic away day.
12th Sep 2017 Macclesfield v AFC Fylde
Having left Mill Farm at 17:15 we arrived at a sodden Moss Rose just in time, thanks to the M6 log jams and a swift diversion down the M61.
Everyone must have been desperate to get home…except for 2 junior supporters (again Mr Eckman!) who were desperate for something else 🙄, but queues on the M6 around Preston meant no services near and so it was down to DIY which meant as the rain poured down so did Jack & Ben into 25p cups 😂. After spending £1.25 Jack was relieved, Ben managed 75p…to the 1st half: we played really well for the first 14 mins until MTFC hit us on the counter down the right, crossing with ease giving the striker an easy opportunity to put them 1 up. After that it was all Macclesfield as we struggled to gain possession with MTFC coming close several times. By the whistle we were more relieved than Jack or Ben to see half time.lf time 0-1th minute and Fylde pulled it level with good inter play and a great strike from Jack Muldoon.
For the rest of the half it was anyone’s game, both sides could have scored and Fylde SHOULD have scored but at 90 mins it was 1-1.
3 mins extra time to play but the home side only needed a minute to score the winner.
A dismal night in terms of weather and result….
…roll on Eastleigh on Saturday.
26th August v Hartlepool away 0-2 to the mighty Fylde, our first ever win in the National League and a day when Danny Rowe helped himself to the winner and in doing so beat Ritchie Allens’ all time total goals club record.run of frustrating results to date saw a full coach of Fylde supporters head for Durham then Hartlepool, leaving Mill Farm just after the players’ coach at 9am. Here’s the thoughts and views of Matthew on the way back…
Why did you decide to come on the coach to an away match?
“I’ve been away before on the train..bit of crack on the coach (he didnt mean Cocaine, I don’t think 😳) and easy to get here and have a few beers…can’t do that when you’re driving!”
What did you think to the trip on the way up?
“It was good, good stop in Durham, nice to have a few beers and a bit of a chat with people isn’t it…”
Thoughts on the stadium?
“The ground was good, good looking pitch actually. Our support was absolutely tremendous, non-stop all the way through it. Their fans were a bit quiet all match, just a bit!”
What was your view on the team? Any players stood out for you?
“We were saying earlier when we voted for Man of The Match, I though Jack Muldoon had a great game, very often helping to turn defence into attack and took the pressure off quite quickly, and did it quite a few times and they looked pretty solid today for a change.”
A full coach departed Mill Farm for our first away game of the season with everyone anticipating a good performance.
The journey there was quiet and quick, despite an unplanned stop for someone’s call of nature.
Upon arrival the Chester groundstaff and supporters were very helpful directing us either to the bar or into the away area.
The game itself started well but we gradually came under pressure with Josh Langley being needed several times to keep Chester’s no.9 at bay.
Despite defending well we kept playing long balls against a 6.5 ft proverbial brick …house (only Jack Eckman could have got inside him 😉).
With a few minutes of the 1st half left we kept the ball on the ground and played some lovely football down the right wing with Jack Muldoon taking a sweet cross to take us into the lead. 0-1 to the Fylde.
Within 2 minutes Chester came back and equalised to make the half-time score 1-1.
The second half was similar to the first, a lot of long balls cleared by the 2 Chester centre-backs and the Chester midfield frustrating our build ups. Chester had a couple of chances and then they faded, as did their supporters songs. For the last 20 mins Fylde piled on the pressure with a couple of chances that should have resulted in 3 points. The Fylde supporters sang their hearts out to the end and the players pressed and pressed but in the end it was another point.
Full time brought much relief for the Chester fans , matched only by Mr Eckman earlier in the evening as he returned from the services![/cherry_col_inner] [/cherry_row_inner] [/cherry_col] [/cherry_row]