THIS WAS the Blues first visit to Fylde for a league game and their narrow, hard-earned victory brought them their fourth win of the season and moves them into fourth spot in the league.
Fylde started the game pressurising the New Brighton forwards and they dominated all the early exchanges. With 12 minutes gone they were rewarded with a penalty which Mike Scott put away to them a three-point lead.
Straight from the resumption the Blues steamed into the Fylde forwards forcing them into touch. From the line out they won possession and pinned the home team on their line.
After a succession of superb passing moves with 15 minutes on the clock, Anthony Birley went over for a fine try which he converted to make the score 3-7.
Gradually Fylde recovered from this setback and mounted several attacks which were repelled by the Blues but the pressure was mounting and despite some great New Brighton tackling on 24 minutes, after several collapsed mauls, the referee awarded Flyde a penalty try. Mike Scott converted for 10-7.
Back came New Brighton to put Fylde under pressure and three minutes later they were rewarded with a penalty that Anthony Birley put away to make the score 10-10.
Immediately from the restart Loa Tupou collected the ball and set off on one of his rampaging runs deep into Fylde's territory.
Eventually they hauled him to the ground, but from the ensuing ruck the supporting Blues forwards poured over the top to secure the ball for Anthony Birley to find touch close to the Fylde goal line.
The Blues won the line out and set off on a driving maul for Damien Penisini to crash over in the corner for a fine team try. No conversion was made, but the score was 10-15.
Now it was Fylde's turn to put pressure on the visitors as they once again pinned the Blues in their own 22 and with half time approaching they forced the Blues to stray offside.
The penalty was kicked by Mike Scott to make the score 13-15.
Fylde stated the second half with a dominant display of forward power and with seven minutes gone were awarded a penalty 35 meters out.
Up stepped Mike Scott to send the ball sailing between the posts and put the home team in front, 16-15.
Straight from the restart the Blues drove the home team deep into their own half creating several scoring chances that were only denied by a resolute home defence.
The Blues were now in control and it was no surprise when with 16 minutes of the second half gone, young Steve Dean eventually crashed over for a great score out wide.
The conversion was missed but it was now 16-20 to the visitors.
As the second half progressed the game seemed to die as both sides held their own and defences were in control.
With 15 minutes remaining Steve O'Connor was replaced by Ian Wynn and as the minutes ticked away and it looked like neither side would add to the score.
Then with two minutes left on the clock, Flyde conceded a penalty 40 meters out and up stepped Anthony Birley to make the score 16-23 and put the game beyond Fylde's reach.
Once again this was a hard fought victory for the Blues. They controlled the game for long periods and although they never really dominated, they never looked like losing.
Next week New Brighton are at home to Liverpool St Helens on Saturday, kick-off 2.30pm.