Assistant manager Colin Woodthorpe is not expecting AFC Fylde to hand out another thrashing to Oxford City tomorrow.
The Coasters welcome Mike Ford’s men to Kellamergh Park with memories of the 8-1 demolition job they inflicted at Marsh Lane earlier in the season still fresh in the mind.
That particular victory in early September certainly announced Fylde to the rest of the Conference North as serious promotion contenders.
And since then they have gone on to take the division by storm – hitting the top of the table over the Christmas period.
However, Oxford have suffered no long-term effects from that humiliating day and are just one point outside the play-offs, with several games in hand.
In fact – along with Fylde – they are the form side in the division after winning four out of their last five league games.
Woodthorpe told the Evening Post:“Oxford bounced back straight away after that result against us.
“They beat Boston United 7-2 away in their next match and that is not an easy place to go to. We went there and lost 3-1.
“They will be looking to avenge that 8-1 defeat but, looking back, we did well on that day against them.
“It’s interesting actually. After that game, one of the Oxford guys said that he thought we might be a team which would score a few – but let a few in.
“On one hand I think he was right. That was the perception earlier in the season with the way we played, attacking-wise, that we might be a little vulnerable at the other end of the pitch but that’s proven to be not the case.”
Indeed, Fylde have scored the most goal in the Conference North – and have conceded the fewest.
Their goal difference is 36, which is 16 goals better than Barrow and Guiseley, who are in second and third spot in the table respectively.
“The lads at the back have been different class in terms of building a platform to go on from,” said Woodthorpe.
That solid foundation was never more evident than on Tuesday night when Fylde ground out an impressive 1-0 win away to Solihull Moors thanks to Caspar Hughes’ late winner.
The match went ahead after the Coasters’ scheduled FA Trophy game against AFC Telford United was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Kellamergh Park.
“It was a good professional performance,” Woodthorpe said.
Meanwhile, Lancaster City will be looking to make it four wins on the spin tomorrow when they welcome Ossett Albion to Giant Axe.
The Dolly Blues have won their last three games, including Tuesday night’s terrific 2-1 victory over NPL Premier Division side Marine at home in the Doodson Sports Cup. With confidence high among the camp, Darren Peacock’s men will be plotting a way of moving up the NPL First Division North table.
After a rather disappointing first half of the season, City currently find themselves in 14th spot in the table but there is still time to force themselves into the play-off reckoning.
Elsewhere in the division, Burscough host Spennymoor Town at Victoria Park. The match will kick off at 2pm.
Kendal Town face a trip across the border to Yorkshire where they will play Harrogate Railway Athletic, while Clitheroe will target their sixth win in seven outings away to lowly New Mills.