Chester 0 AFC Fylde 1: Three red cards and three points for Coasters as Danny Philliskirk is the winner

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Danny Philliskirk headed the winning goal from Nick Haughton’s cross to the back post with 15 minutes remaining.

Pierce Bird from Fylde received his marching orders, as did Adam Thomas and Joe Lynch from the hosts.

Danny Philliskirk directs Fylde’s Winner in Chester Photo: STEVE MCLELLAN

Coasters boss James Rowe has made five changes to the side beaten at home by Scarborough Athletic a week earlier, with Curtis Weston, Bird, Connor Barrett, Keenan Patten and Brad Holmes replacing Harry Davis, Luke Conlan, Danny Whitehead , Joe Rowley and Sam Osborne.

Club record goalscorer Danny Rowe, who returned to Mill Farm last week on loan from Chesterfield, was named as a substitute and came on for the final quarter of the game.

After a quiet opener, the first chance fell on the home side, when Declan Weeks managed to work some space from 12 yards but curled his shot over the bar.

When Fylde’s Jordan Cranston had the opportunity to float a corner kick to Kyle Morrison at the back post, the defender headed towards goal into the path of Haughton, whose header was cleared off the line.

Thomas crossed at the back post in the 33rd minute and Kole Hall’s rising header was collected calmly by Coasters keeper Chris Neal under pressure.

Chester had the last chance of half-time, when Blackpool-born Kurt Willoughby’s free-kick from all 35 yards dipped to the bottom corner, but Neal did well to parry.

The half-time talking point came just before the interval, when both teams were down to 10 men.

Bird seemed to have issued a fair challenge, but Thomas responded angrily. The two players clashed and earned each other a red card.

It certainly brought the game to life after the break, as Fylde brought on Osborne and Rowley, and Neal was tested by Weeks’ well-hit effort before the third red at 55 minutes.

Lynch kicked Cranston as Fylde’s left-back ventured forward, then looked up to see the referee’s red card in the air.

Rowe’s men began to find space as Chester sat, and Haughton’s curling effort was saved well by Harry Tyrer, diving to his left.

The keeper was back just after the hour mark when Cranston’s superb cross from the right was headed into the far corner of the net by Alex Whitmore, but Tyrer prevented it with a fingertip save.

Fylde’s pressure was finally revealed and when Rowley’s short corner kick was played against Haughton, he drifted into the area and crossed the back post for the waiting Philliskirk to acquiesce from close range.

The Coasters protected their lead, giving the hosts no more than a few half chances, to claim three wins from five and climb to fifth in the National League North ahead of Monday’s home game against Southport in the middle of Table.

Chester: Tyrer, Coulton, Weeks (Burke 56), Kenyon, Willoughby (Stephenson 59), Thomas, Devine, Coates, Lynch, Hall (Heywood 69), Edwards; Subs not used: Morgan, Murray.

Fylde: Neal, Morrison, Whitmore, Bird, Cranston, Barrett (Rowe 66), Philliskirk, Weston, Patten (Osborne 46), Haughton, Holmes (Rowley 46).

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