Chally’s challenge

Coasters boss Dave Challinor

Coasters boss Dave Challinor

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AFC Fylde manager Dave Challinor, preparing for a busy schedule over the Christmas holiday, claims: “There are no favourites in this division – most games are 50-50.”

The Coasters’ boss was speaking ahead of a Christmas programme that sees his side visit Chorley on Boxing Day and then entertain Curzon Ashton on Bank Holiday Monday.

Both opponents are below Fylde in the table, and Challinor said: “People have told me that we are favourites to beat Chorley, but I don’t see it that way – from my point of view teams near the bottom can beat those near the top and really most games are 50-50.”

Of the visit to Victory Park, Challinor said: “We will have to deal with Chorley’s style of play, which is very direct going forward, and we will have to deal with their pitch, which is not the best, though in fairness that is the case with most pitches at this stage of the season.

“We will have to adapt to the conditions, just as we did at Hednesford and came away with a win.”

Challinor was evaluating the fitness of his squad before finalising selection for Chorley, though Richie Baker has been ruled out.

Matty Hughes and Tom Hannigan will both require tests – Josh Wilson, who suffered a recent hand injury, should be ok to play.

Challinor said: “We have already pumped gallons of water off the pitch, and the forecast is not particularly good for Friday and Saturday.”

Talks are still on-going with former Blackpool and England winger Trevor Sinclair over joining Fylde in a development role.

Challinor said: “When we move to Mill Farm, we will be starting up new teams and we envisage Trevor helping us in that.”