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AFC Fylde (H) - Discussion + Predictions
After an important 3 points at Boreham Wood on Saturday, we face newly promoted AFC Fylde at Meadowbank this weekend. Fylde sit in 22nd place in the table but arrive in good form with 3 wins and a draw from their last 4 league games. Back in November, both sides shared a point with an entertaining 3-3 draw at Mill Farm.
Fylde have actually visited Meadowbank before back in Feb 2020 where the visitors came away 4-2 winners with Nick Haughton the real danger man for them that day. Matt Briggs also produced a great display that day with an excellent assist and well taken goal.
Seb Bowerman injured his hamstring early on against Boreham Wood and although there is no official word on his likely return, you would expect him to miss at least a few weeks. Fuller is expected to still be a few weeks away while Marc announced that Matt Briggs is likely to return to the squad this weekend after returning from his latest injury spell. Luke Moore serves the last game of his 4 match suspension.
Dorking 3-1 Fylde (Prior x 2, Rutherford)
Francomb Craig Hollis
Muitt J. Taylor Pybus Blair
Subs: Gallagher, B. Taylor, McManus, Briggs, Ottaway
(Expecting a fairly similar line-up after the good performance on Saturday. The injury to Bowerman does allow Blair to play on his more preferred left hand side where he was so effective before his injury back in October. Wouldn't surprise me to see Bobby-Joe start instead of Muitt if Jimmy isn't considered fit enough to start yet.)
@happy-hammers We were saying after that game that we are just too soft of a side, it's like when you play for an amateur side and finish the game saying we were just too nice and need to show a nasty side. The Fylde fans that we then met after the game aptly described our side as "Southern Softies" which although cliché and said with slight tongue and cheek, was all too correct.
I actually think we won "the battle" (as Marc likes to say) for the most part. Most players won their duels in the middle of the park and we turned possession over quite well.
Simply put, we didn't create enough high quality chances and when we did, we didn't take them. Add a few defensive/individual errors in there and it ultimately meant we conceded more goals than we scored 🤷♂️