Coasters on the road

AFC Fylde manager Dave Challinor
AFC Fylde manager Dave Challinor
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AFC Fylde are hoping to bounce back from their midweek defeat with victory over Lowestoft Town tomorrow.

Fylde travel to Crown Meadow determined to bag all three points after Tuesday night’s 3-0 defeat at Stalybridge Celtic ruined their hopes of a perfect start.

Newly-promoted Fylde opened their Conference North campaign with a convincing 4-0 win over Brackley Town last Saturday.

But despite the loss, Coasters boss Dave Challinor has been pleased with what he has seen.

He said: “It has been a strange one. We have had two good performances with different results.

“We played really well on Saturday and in fairness on Tuesday night we played well too.

“It was just bad luck for the first goal and it was never a 3-0 game, or even a 1-0 game but I suppose it was going to take a little bit of magic or a bit of luck to decide it – and we never got it.

“There will be times in the season where things don’t go your way but you’ve just got to get on with it.”

“We played well in the first half but couldn’t find that final bit of quality like we did on Saturday.

“Both full-backs made errors for both goals and that puts us out the game. Three-nil looks like an open game that you deserved to lose but it certainly wasn’t that.

“It looks like you haven’t defended well but I thought the two centre-halves were fantastic and Brad Barnes was very good so I feel sorry for them more than anything.”

Lowestoft built on their opening day 2-2 draw against Fylde’s local rivals Chorley with a 2-0 midweek victory over Solihull Moors.

And Challinor is confident his men will learn from their errors and get a result tomorrow.

He said: “We sent someone to watch them play Chorley – Lowestoft are also coming into the league as a new side like us.

“It is a long way to go and it won’t be an easy game but we are looking forward to it.

“It’s a team game and the lads know that they’ve made mistakes so we’ll brush ourselves down and make sure that, come Saturday, those mistakes won’t happen again.

“Our squad looks strong. The new lads we have brought in have done really well and they have bought into what we are doing.

“Dave Hankin and Matty Blinkhorn are carrying knocks – hopefully they will be back for the bank holiday weekend.

Elsewhere in the NPL First Division North, Kendal Town travel to face Northwich Victoria, Clitheroe are away against Ossett Town and Lancaster City host Farsley AFC at Giant Axe.

In the Conference, Southport travel to face Torquay United.