Chally still to solve keeper issue

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AFC Fylde manager Dave Challinor will be working until the last minute to boost his squad for the season opener away to AFC Telford tomorrow in the National League North.

Number one target is a goalkeeper and the Coasters’ manager, who has overseen the difficult transition from part-time to full-time, is hoping to get the keeper in his sights in time for the Telford.

And he has not discounted the possibility of recruiting more new blood in time to play Telford. Fylde have tried several combinations in goal during pre-season friendlies in the wake of the departure of Ben Hinchliffe, who has gone to rivals Stockport County, and Matt Urwin, who has moved to Fleetwood Town.

Ideally, Challinor wants two goalkeepers in place sooner rather than later.

Challinor had determined his number one target, saying: “We are hoping to complete a deal before Saturday.”

Of the overall strength of the squad, the Fylde boss added: “We are not where we want to be yet, but I am still comforttable with what we have got going into the new season.”

Meanwhile, in the National League, Southport face a tough task on the opening day of the new season when they travel to Dagenham and Redbridge.

The Daggers were relegated last season after a nine-year stay in the Football League, a period which saw them win promotion to League One in 2010.

They are seen as one of the favourites to bounce straight back at the first time of asking.

Sandgrounders boss Andy Bishop has been busy in the transfer market during the close season.

He has made eight new signings, including former Manchester United academy stars John Cofie and Ashley Grimes. This week he swooped for ex-Shrewsbury winger James Caton and defender Joe Kearns, formerly of Crewe.