The Clarets started strongly, with Evie Priestley, Katie Thomas and Lizzy Hamer all putting the Fylde defence under pressure early on.

Fylde retaliated by pushing the Clarets to the byline and sent a cross into the Burnley box, which keeper Lauren Bracewell collected confidently.

The visitors had a big let off as Nic Worthington fed forwards and set Priestley on a run at goal. She chipped over the advancing keeper, but the ball hit the post and was pushed out for a corner.

The Clarets defended their final third with stout determination and Bracewell had to get down to save a shot from Faye McCoy. Then another shot could have caused problems when Emily Hollinshead hit over the bar.

Fylde continued to put pressure on the home side, Bethany Donoghue slid in front of goal but was inches short of the target.

In the closing minutes of the first half, the Clarets regained composure with chances created by Lizzy Hamer and Katie Thomas.

The Clarets won a free kick early in the second half, that Nic Worthington floats to the far post but it goes out of reach. This is shortly followed by a Fylde free-kick which is caught well by Bracewell.

With the advantage of the downward slope, the Clarets continued to press the visitors, as Thomas went one on one with the keeper but could only win a corner.

Burnley’s Hamer and Dani Cooper tested the Fylde backline before Donoghue pushed forward shooting over the bar for the visitors.

Minutes later, Nic Worthington wins a free-kick, which she drives in low but it is cleared and Fylde are soon on the attack again winning a free-kick which is again collected well by Bracewell.

Priestley tried to scramble a through ball from Hamer but it goes out of play.

The game swings back to the Clarets end, where Bracewell tips the ball away from the top corner.

The home side respond well and enjoy plenty of possession in and around the Fylde area. Worthington shoots over and then another effort by Thomas from a Hamer pass goes wide.

The Fylde keeper is busy collecting loose balls and Priestley sets up Thomas, who forces a diving save.

The Clarets defend well when needed, with Cara Bickett intercepting and setting the team off on more forward runs.

In the final 10 minutes Burnley had to defend deep to snuff out an effort by the visitors but quickly revert to attack with Katie Thomas’s shot blocked close to goal by the keeper.

With 90 minutes played, Fylde had a close chance in the starting minutes of extra time, when Faye McCoy’s header hit the bar.

The visitors then won a free-kick when Melissa Brown chased a striker back, but the shot went wide.

The Clarets were defending well making resolute challenges to get the ball clear.

Bethany Donoghue pushed forward and slotted a cross into the Clarets box, but no one was on hand and the ball was cleared. Then Thomas picked up a ball in a forward position but shot just wide.

Following the break, Chloe Mapp replaced Katie Thomas for the home side, as Hamer tried to push the team forward, and her cross is headed out for a corner.

A quick change of direction saw McCoy shoot from distance, though the ball passes close to the post.

Soon the Clarets were on the attack again, with substitute Mapp striking two hard shots that were blocked by the visitors.

The Clarets continued to push hard, with Hamer working the ball on the outside of the visitor’s defence. She crosses to Priestley who is fouled, and a penalty is awarded. Nic Worthington steps up to the spot to make it 1-0 to the home team.

In the closing minutes of extra time Fylde make a frantic run of attacks but the Burnley defence hold strong and nullify any chances.

Full time: Burnley FC Women 1 – 0 Fylde Women FC

Burnley FC Women will face Sunderland AFC Ladies at home in the third round of the Women’s FA Cup on Sunday 11th April.

Burnley: Bracewell, Cooper, Wilson, Brown, Bickett, Hope, Worthington, Hamer, Greenhalgh, Priestley, Thomas (Mapp 105).

Substitutes: Gibbins, Harris, Shirtcliffe, Tobin, Rathburn, Owen, Rawstron

Fylde: Smith, Carroll, Fuller, Fryer, Merrin, Forster, Holsbrook, Hollinshead, Redgrave, Donoghue, McCoy.

Substitues: Abbott, Young, Taylor, Hayes, Forster, Bartley, Powney.

Referee: C.Hodgson