Kellamergh Park has never been a happy hunting ground for the Reserves but they didn’t really help themselves in this latest thrashing, with several members of the team well below par.
They competed well for the opening twenty minutes, and salvaged a modicum of pride late in the game, but, in between, were given a football lesson by a slick Fylde outfit.
Indeed, it could have been more embarrassing had it not been for Tom Fowler who pulled off a string of fine saves, as the hosts mounted attack after attack.
Two goals in quick succession midway through the first half put Fylde firmly in control.
Matthew Hughes was the tormentor in chief with the former Fleetwood Town and Chester player turning out at a level well below his capabilities. His audacious chip opened the scoring in the twenty second minute and, ninety seconds later, they were two ahead thanks to Dominic Reid. On both occasions, the white shirted hosts cut through Reds defence like a knife through butter.
To their credit, they attempted to claw their way back into the game and birthday boy Jay Weatherill, Lewis Jolly and Cameron Carter all saw decent shots pushed away by home ‘keeper, Max Povey.
But another four man passing move produced a third goal on the stroke of half-time with Dominic McHale finishing off some wonderful exhibition football with a composed finish.
There was more of the same after the break and, within a minute of the restart, Fowler had made another fine save with another effort thumping against his crossbar.
Hughes got his second after fifty one minutes with Reds defenders again conspicuous by their absence but, either side of Fylde’s fourth, Jordan Ferguson twice went close for Reds, one attempt forcing Povey into a decent save.
They made it five in the fifty fourth minute, and although James Corbett was the nearest Fylde player to the ball, it appeared to be guided past Fowler by a Workington shirt.
Almost inevitably, Hughes completed a deserved hat-trick with the sixth goal of the night a quarter-of-an-hour before the end.
Reds netted a seventy-eighth minute consolation goal via the penalty spot. Jolly raced through and was tripped by Povey, who escaped a booking. The Reds winger took the penalty himself and confidently rolled the ball into the net.
Fowler didn’t deserve to be on the receiving end of such a score line and neither did Carter who was Reds’ best on the night – little consolation for both, I suspect.
AFC Fylde Povey, Wilding, Dawson, Welsby, Corbett, Mangan, McHale, Wilson, Reid, Hughes, Pritchard. Substitutes – Smith M, Pope, Scarth, Peers, Barrow.
Workington Fowler, Todd, McNally, Johnson, Bethwaite, Moynan (Heap, 60), Blake, Carter, Weatherill (Leeson, 66), Ferguson, Jolly.
Referee Chris Haines, Poulton-le-Fylde