Woody has no worries

Colin Woodthorpe

Colin Woodthorpe

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  • AFC Fylde drop to second in Conference North after poor run
  • Assistant boss tsays there is no panic in the dressing room
  • Coasters are away to Leamington on Saturday
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AFC Fylde assistant manager Colin Woodthorpe is not losing too much sleep over the team’s recent poor run.

The Coasters find themselves playing catch-up in the race for the Conference North title after looking like they were running away with it only a few weeks ago.

A run of just one win in seven has seen Dave Challinor’s men drop to second in the table – three points behind leaders Barrow.

On Saturday, Fylde could only muster a 1-1 draw against Tamworth at Kellamergh Park and then they succumbed to two late goals to lose to third-placed Hednesford Town away in midweek.

The Coasters will be aiming to get back to winning ways when they travel to mid-table Leamington tomorrow but Woodthorpe has urged his players to remain calm as the season heads towards its climax.

“There’s no panic – it’s the same as we are,” said Woodthorpe.

“You are always going to expect to have a bit of a poor run at some point in the season.

“We’ve just got to hold our nerve and keep going, keeping working hard through it.

“We are still in a really good position – if somebody had told us that we would be in this position at this stage of the season, we would have taken it at the start of the season.

“Obviously we are disappointed because you are always looking for perfection, but we are still in one hell of a position.

“We were five points clear at one point but we have been five points behind and clawed it back.

“I think at this level, that does not matter as much – it’s not like the Premier League where Chelsea are five points clear and you can’t see anybody catching them – it does fluctuate in this division.”

Fylde have a tough-looking clutch of fixtures coming up with five of their next six games away from home, starting with Leamington tomorrow.

However, Woodthorpe believes that should hold no fear, as they boast one of the best away records in the division.

“We have a good record both home and away – that’s why we are second in the league,” Woodthorpe said.

“To be honest, we have earned the right to have this blip because of the run we have been on through the season.

“Other teams have not really caught up with us much.”

Fylde will be without Bradley Barnes, who begins the first of a four-match suspension, while Josh Langley is banned for one game. Michael Barnes is also a major injury doubt.

In the Conference Premier, Southport will hope to make it back-to-back wins when they host Nuneaton.