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Late Drama Sees Coasters Remain Unbeaten

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Leaders AFC Fylde made it a round dozen games unbeaten in the Vanarama National League North after winning 2-1 at Edgeley Park against Stockport County on Tuesday night.

In front of a crowd of 2,206, the Coasters were made to battle hard by a spirited County side who were looking to make it back-to-back league wins after last Saturday`s win over Curzon Ashton.

But in the end, Stockport were undone by a late, late winner by the league leaders.

Recent purchase from Alfreton Town, Dan Bradley, gave the Coasters a 21st minute lead.

And that looked like being enough to win the game.

However, a blow to the head suffered by County`s Scott Duxbury resulted in the officials` board indicate 10 minutes of stoppage time.

And 3 minutes into that overtime, Scott Spencer popped up with Stockport`s equaliser and surely a share of the spoils.

But no, Fylde won the game in the 7th minute of injury-time – and to make matters worse it was former County favourite, Danny Rowe, who fired home the free-kick winner.

Not too far away at Broadhurst Park, a crowd of 2,166 saw a less spectacular derby between FC United of Manchester and Curzon Ashton.

Both sides started the game well, creating decent chances, but couldn’t find the breakthrough that would ultimately seal the win.

Curzon had keeper Hakan Burton to thank for keeping the scores level, as he produced a string of stunning saves throughout the game, most notably a save low down to deny Dale Johnson in the 57th minute.

He also produced a superb save in the dying seconds to keep a clean sheet for the Nash. However, the best chance for a Curzon goal came from Luke Clark, whose long-range effort was superbly stopped by Jonny Diba.

But it ended goalless, leaving both teams in the lower reaches of the table.


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