National League One: Jersey start with defeat at Fylde

Fylde v Jersey
Jersey take home two bonus points from a thrilling opening match at Fylde

Fylde narrowly beat fellow National League One newboys Jersey 29-27 despite a spirited second-half fight-back.

Jersey took the lead with a try from summer signing Ross Broadfoot, but the Lancashire side were 24-8 ahead at the break thanks to tries from Nick Royle (2) and Mike Waywell.

Nick Trower's try gave the islanders hope before the hosts hit back with a Steve Depledge touchdown.

Donovan Sanders and Guy Thompson scored for Jersey to set up a tense finale.

Michael Le Bourgeois could have won the game late on for the Channel Islands team but his penalty from near the touchline failed to hit the target.

Jersey head coach Ben Harvey told BBC Radio Jersey: "We were disappointed with the first half.

"We were a little bit naive and we did silly things in silly areas of the pitch.

"The most frustrating thing as a coach is when sides go out and they don't do what you've practised.

"When we went into that in the second half we looked a dangerous side."

Fylde, who took five points from the match are back in National One after eight years away, while it is the highest division Jersey, who claimed two points, have played in.

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