Rochdale traveled to Fylde coast a place where they had been turned over last season. But not this time, running out 7-1 winners and thoroughly deserving it.
From the first minute of the game Rochdale pressed high and gave the Fylde players nowhere to hide. The pressure led to Rochdale racing into a 3 goal lead after only 15 mins.
With Dave Gowers opening the scoring. Fylde hit back with a lucky short corner to make the score 3-1. But that was it for them. As this just pushed Rochdale on and they added another 4 in the second half. The Rochdale defence really controlled the game with everything good being built up from the back and all the goals coming from crisp sharp passing and tap ins from the forward line.
The composure shown on the ball was superseded only by the score line. This was truly a team performance. Goal scorers Barry Gumbley 4, Dave Gowers 2 and James Shepherd 1.
Bring on Bury next week.