AFC Fylde boss Jim Bentley is a happy man after watching his side’s defensive improvement.

Danny Rowe’s first-half goal might have given the Coasters an FA Trophy win against Curzon Ashton last weekend but it was a victory built on solid defensive work.

The clean sheet was Fylde’s fourth in a row at home and fifth in their last six matches overall.

In all Bentley has presided over 10 league and cup games since making the move from Morecambe, in which time his players have conceded only six goals.

“I think as a team we’ve been defending really well, which has been pleasing,” Bentley said.

“Certainly for a team that’s been struggling in the goals-against department to keep eight clean sheets in 11 games is fantastic.”

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