Colin’s all set for tie

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AFC Fylde will have to break new ground on Saturday if they are to secure a place in the Conference North play-off final.

The Coasters face Guiseley in the semi-final second leg at Kellamergh Park this weekend, knowing that they are yet to register a victory over the Yorkshiremen this campaign.

During the normal season, Fylde drew 0-0 at home against the Lions and were beaten 3-1 in the reverse fixture at Nethermoor Park.

And there was no joy for Fylde again after their latest trip across the Pennines on Wednesday evening.

Beaten by a solitary goal in the first leg, Dave Challinor’s men will have to find a way past Steve Kittrick’s resolute outfit – something they have struggled to do this season.

Fylde’s assistant manager Colin Woodthorpe said: “I was talking to their manager after the game and I think I said that this was the best result I have had at their 
place.

“But I think the important thing is we are still in the tie with a home game to come.

“We need to score and try and keep them out and I think the tie is set up nicely.

“They can’t sit on a 1-0 – I am sure they will not want to do that.

“At this level, I don’t think any side is capable of doing that because it only takes one thing to turn a game.

“Hopefully, we will keep doing the right things, keep pushing and get something out of the game.”

Woodthorpe felt his men battled hard on Wednesday on what was a difficult and bobbly playing surface.

However, he is hoping the team can produce a better performance on a nicer pitch this weekend.

“We were expecting a close game and that was what it was,” he said.

“They took the chance that came their way – we had a couple, but we didn’t take them.

“Obviously, we want to play better in the second leg.

“I think they will believe they can play better than they did on Wedneday and I know we can play better.

“But it’s different scenario on Saturday afternoon to a night game.

“We have got a decent home record and they have a decent away record, although I know they lost a few away from home in the last couple of weeks of the season.

“But I’m expecting it to be a tight affair.”

Squad-wise, only Casper Hughes is an injury doubt for Fylde.