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29 November 2017

Take a closer look at Latics' Emirates FA Cup opponents AFC Fylde ahead of the second round on Friday.

  • Latics travel to National League side AFC Fylde in the Emirates FA Cup on Friday 1st December.
  • An in-depth look at the players behind the Coasters' success so far.
  • Danny Rose, Sam Finley, Jordan Tunnicliffe and Jay Lynch in focus.

The eyes of the nation will be on Mill Farm this Friday when Latics travel to AFC Fylde for the first ever meeting between the two clubs, and it couldn’t be a more fitting setting, live on BBC2 in the second round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Ahead of Friday night’s fixture, we take a closer look at the players who could line up against Latics for Dave Challinor’s side.

Four in Focus

Jay Lynch – Goalkeeper

A former trainee at Manchester United and young professional at Bolton Wanderers, 24-year-old Jay Lynch has plenty of FA Cup previous, having starred in Salford City’s cup run during the 2015-16 season against EFL opposition in the form of Notts County and Hartlepool United.

The stopper made his career debut in League Two with Accrington Stanley, featuring twice for the club in 2014, alongside former Latics youngsters Jordan Mustoe, Adam Buxton and Luke Joyce.  Lynch moved to be part of Salford’s successful rise into the National League North, winning the Northern Premier League Division One in 2014-15, before being part of their Northern Premier League play-off winning side the following season.

In his final campaign at Moor Lane, Lynch was named in the National League North Team of the Year for his efforts as the Ammies finished fourth, but lost out on promotion in the play-offs.

Lynch made over 100 appearances during his time at Salford before moving to AFC Fylde this summer.  He’s already making waves at Mill Farm with five clean sheets in 11 appearances.

2017-18 apps: 11

Jordan Tunnicliffe – Defender

A rock at the heart of the AFC Fylde defence Jordan Tunnicliffe also arrived this summer, from the club’s National League North title rivals Kidderminsters Harriers.  The 24-year-old was a key part of Kidderminster’s title challenge, winning the Harriers’ Player of the Season award before his switch to Mill Farm.

Tunnicliffe began his career in West Bromwich Albion’s academy and also spent time in South Yorkshire with Barnsley.  He also had short-term spells with Stalybridge Celtic and Sutton Coldfield Town.

2017-18 apps: 22
2017-18 goals: 2

Sam Finley – Midfielder

Captaining the side in the absence of former Latics defender Josh Langley due to an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury, Sam Finley has been a key part of AFC Fylde’s midfield this season with three goals in 17 appearances this season, including one in the club’s first round FA Cup victory against Kidderminster.

The former TNS man helped the Coasters to last season’s National League North title and was part of the team that narrowly missed out on promotion the season before.

Finley has previous experience in the National League from a loan spell with Wrexham in 2015 and continues to shine at this level in AFC Fylde’s impressive setup.

2017-18 apps: 18
2017-18 goals: 4

Danny Rowe – Forward

Put simply, Danny Rowe is a goal machine.  The 27-year-old has scored a massive 59 goals in 62 appearances across 2016-17 and the start of the current season.

He’s even topped four goals in a game on two separate occasions, as well as five hat-tricks and 15 doubles, three of which have come this season in wins against Leyton Orient and Torquay United in the National League, and Kidderminster in the first round of the FA Cup.

Rowe currently leads the National League scoring table with 11 goals, seven of which he’s fired in during his last five matches against Solihull Moors, Kidderminster, Aldershot, Torquay and the Coasters’ winning goal against Dover Athletic last Saturday.

The forward began his career at Latics’ next Sky Bet League One opponents Fleetwood Town in 2010 alongside current Latics first team coach Anthony Barry, before moving to Stockport County for two separate loan spells where he featured alongside current Latics Under 18s coach Nick Chadwick ahead of a permanent switch to Lincoln City for the 2013-14 campaign.

2017-18 apps: 21
2017-18 goals: 13

Also featured in the First Round…

Rhys Taylor – Goalkeeper

Former Chelsea youth team player who has paved his career at the likes of Crewe Alexandra, Rotherham United, Macclesfield Town and Newport County amongst others.  Joined the Coasters in August 2016 after a loan spell with Wrexham from Newport. The 27-year-old is a former Wales youth international and one time team mate of Latics playmaker Nick Powell during his time at Crewe.

Taylor was an unused substitute against Kidderminster.

2017-18 apps: 10

Zaine Francis-Angol – Defender

Another of Fylde’s former Kidderminster players who featured against his former club in the first round. Named in the National League North Team of the Year alongside Coasters’ striker Rowe and moved to Mill Farm as a result of an impressive 2016-17 campaign.  Former Tottenham Hotspur youth team player who began his professional career in Scotland with Motherwell.  International for Antigua and Barbuda.

2017-18 apps: 20

George Edmundson – Defender

On loan Oldham Athletic defender who featured four times for the Latics in Sky Bet League One at the start of this season.  Made his AFC Fylde debut in a 2-0 victory against Wrexham and has so far been involved in just one defeat for the Coasters.  Spent part of 2016-17 on loan at Alfreton Town.

2017-18 apps: 10

Luke Burke – Defender

On loan Latics defender who is unavailable for the second round.  The 19-year-old featured in three games for Latics against Blackpool and Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup, and again against Blackpool in the Checkatrade Trophy before his loan switch to Mill Farm.  Made his Latics debut in the Sky Bet Championship against Bristol City on the opening day of 2016-17 and featured a further four times in blue and white that season before a short-term loan at Barrow.

2017-18 apps: 14

Simon Grand – Defender

A late substitute in the first round who began his career at Rochdale in August 2001 before senior spells with Carlisle United, Grimsby Town, Morecambe, Northwich, Fleetwood Town, Mansfield Town, Aldershot, Southport, Telford, Barrow and Salford City ahead of his move to Mill Farm ahead of this season.

Now 33-years-old, Grand featured alongside familiar Latics names during his time with Rochdale, including Matt Gilks, Grant Holt, Ged Brannan and Neil Redfearn.

2017-18 apps: 15
2017-18 goals: 2

Josh Ezewelle – Defender

20-year-old defender and another summer recruit who featured for Kidderminster last season.  Ezewelle began his career as a trainee at West Bromwich Albion and moved to Yeovil Town in July 2016 before his loan spell at Aggborough in 2016-17.

His last appearance for the Coasters came in the first round victory over his former club Kidderminster when he replaced Latics loanee Burke at half time.

2017-18 apps: 6

Lewis Montrose – Midfielder

Another Latics link who made his professional debut as a substitute in a 2-0 League Cup away to Crewe Alexandra in 2006.  Made his first start for Latics two years later in the same competition, featuring for 90 minutes in a 4-0 victory at home to Notts County.

The 29-year-old has enjoyed spells in the EFL with Cheltenham Town, Chesterfield, Wycombe Wanderers, Gillingham, Oxford United and York City before a two-year spell at Stockport County.

Montrose joined the Coasters in May 2017 after winning Stockport’s Player of the Year award in both of his seasons at Edgeley Park.

2017-18 apps: 19
2017-18 goals: 1

Andy Bond – Midfielder

Wigan-born midfielder who began his career as a trainee at Crewe Alexandra before a four-year spell at Barrow.  Went on to feature over 100 times for Colchester United in the EFL between 2010 and 2014, where he featured alongside current Latics players David Perkins and Gavin Massey, and former Latics players Luke Garbutt, Alex Gilbey and David Wright.

Before arriving at Mill Farm the 31-year-old more recently featured for Chester, Stevenage, Chorley and Crawley Town.

2017-18 apps: 20

Jason Taylor – Midfielder

30-year-old midfielder who arrived at Mill Farm in October of this year following time with fellow National League side Eastleigh.

He began his career at Oldham Athletic as a trainee but made his professional debut on loan at Stockport County in March 2006, ahead of a permanent move in August of the same year.  Taylor went on to feature over 100 times for the Edgeley Park club before leaving in 2009.  He featured alongside familiar Latics names such as Adam Le Fondre, Tony Dinning and Craig Davies.

Featured over 100 times for Rotherham United between 2009 and 2013 before spells with Rochdale, Cheltenham Town and Northampton Town.  Taylor linked up with Le Fondre again at the Millers as well as Latics’ striking legend Andy Liddell amongst other Latics names such as Alex Revell, Paul Warne and current Latics defender Craig Morgan.

2017-18 apps: 7

Jonathan Smith – Midfielder

On loan Bristol City midfielder with three goals in his last six matches, including one against his former club Wrexham and AFC Fylde’s third in their 4-2 victory against Kidderminster in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup.

The 20-year-old made his first team debut with the Dragons alongside current team mate Rhys Taylor, before moving to Ashton Gate and subsequently spending half of the 2016-17 campaign on loan in League Two at Cheltenham Town.

2017-18 apps: 20
2017-18 goals: 3

Serhat Tasdemir – Midfielder

An unused substitute in the first round victory over Kidderminster who scored on his first appearances of the season for the Coasters in a 2-2 draw against Bromley this September.

Tasdemir joined AFC Fylde last season having been released by Blackburn Rovers. Has two starts from nine appearances so far this season.

2017-18 apps: 9
2017-18 goals: 1

Jack Muldoon – Forward

28-year-old attacker who appeared alongside Danny Rowe in the first round.  Muldoon made his professional debut at Rochdale in 2014 in the same team as former Latics midfielder Tomasz Cywka, before a short term move to Halifax.

He arrived at Mill Farm this summer having scored 12 goals in 71 league matches at Lincoln City.  Muldoon has FA Cup previous as recent as last season, playing for the Imps during their memorial cup run, including a victory over Premier League Burnley at Turf Moor and their 5-0 defeat at the Emirates against Arsenal.

2017-18 apps: 19
2017-18 goals: 4

Matthew Blinkhorn – Forward

An unused substitute in the first round who began his career as a 16-year-old with Blackpool, debuting in the same team as former Latics striker Brett Ormerod.

Blinkhorn scored 10 goals in 58 matches for the Seasiders over six years at Bloomfield Road before a loan deal at Morecambe in 2007 was made permanent after the striker netted eight goals during the Shrimps’ promotion to the EFL. He has since played for Sligo Rovers in Ireland, as well as York City and Hyde before arriving at AFC Fylde in 2013.

2017-18 apps: 7

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