Cup tie is not a Coaster

Dave Challinor

Dave Challinor

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AFC Fylde have one of the toughest ties in the FA Cup second qualifying round, according to boss Dave Challinor.

The Coasters have won their last six matches in a row and the Conference North leaders are determined to maintain their winning streak against Bradford Park Avenue tomorrow.

The clash at the Horsfall Stadium is one of only two all-Conference North cup fixtures and Challinor is set his sights on a long FA Cup run.

He is eyeing up a tantalising tie against a Premier League heavyweight in the longer term – but he knows the Coasters need to keep their eye on the prize tomorrow.

He said: “We have a tougher tie than most other teams, as the ours is the top league in the draw and our clash is one of only two all-Conference North ties.

“So the others are playing lower league opposition and it will be a tough one.

“We are on a good run in the league and we always know 
the FA Cup comes round at this time of year. It is an important competition and important to us.

“We know only a handful of non-league clubs make it on to the higher rounds and we want to be one of those clubs.

“There is a chance of getting a tie along the line against one of the Premier League clubs in the third round and that is something we dream about.

“But it will be a tough game tomorrow and we want to do as well as possible and keep our good run going.”

Challinor’s men beat Park Avenue 2-1 at Kellamergh Park earlier this month.

And Challinor is expecting another fierce test.

He said: “It was a tough game. Difficult for us because it was the game after we beat Oxford 8-1 and Bradford made it hard for us.”

The table-topping Coasters are on cloud nine after six successive victories but Challinor is eager for more.

He said: “The atmosphere is great.

“It doesn’t really take much management – the lads are working hard and pushing themselves.

“The same starting XI has pretty much played in the last six or seven games.

“But what we do keep hammering home is that football is a funny game and it has a way of biting back at any time.

“But we definitely can get better and the lads have shown a real desire to improve.”

Elsewhere in the FA Cup second qualifying round, Lancaster City travel to face NPL Premier Division outfit FC United.

In the NPL First Division North, Kendal Town travel to face Mossley and Burscough have an away clash against Padiham.

In the Conference Premier, Southport host Bristol Rovers.