Match reports / Rugby Union

Match report: Fylde 28-46 Cambridge

Fylde have won three of their five past matches.

Fylde’s quest to avoid relegation was dealt another blow as they crashed to a 28-46 defeat against Cambridge at the Woodlands Memorial Ground.

The Lytham St Annes club are 12 points clear of the relegation zone with five games left to play.

The hosts started positively, taking the lead in the third minute, winger Anthony Bingham chipping over the defence and scoring an ambitious solo try from 35 metres out.

The National League 2 South champions responded immediately, winger Olly Petrides collecting a long pass before putting the ball down in the corner.

With just under a quarter of an hour played, Cambridge went ahead, scrum-half Stefanes Liebenberg crossing over after a driving maul.

Fylde responded moments later with Jack Turley going under the posts courtesy of a Robert Stewart assist.

Brothers James and Mike Ayrton helped Cambridge open up a commanding lead ahead of half-time, the former going over in the corner from an overlap before his elder sibling rounded off a 50-metre dash by securing another five points.

Matt Lamprey’s burst put Chris Briers in under the posts for Fylde’s third try but any hopes of a comeback were crushed by Cambridge prop David Langley, who crashed over from a lineout.

Warren Spragg grounded the ball in stoppage-time to ensure Fylde salvaged a valuable bonus point, the second in as many weeks after their 43-24 defeat away to Bedfordshire-side Ampthill & District last time out.

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