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Lancashire FA Cup derby whets the appetite

Cup dream: James Dean pictured after scoring against Accrington in a pre-season friendly

Cup dream: James Dean pictured after scoring against Accrington in a pre-season friendly

AFC Fylde will make another entry into the club’s history books tomorrow when they host Accrington Stanley in the first round of the FA Cup.

It is the first time the Coasters have reached this stage of the competition, and a big crowd is set to pack Kellamergh Park for the all-Lancashire clash.

Dave Challinor can’t wait for his side to pit their wits against a Stanley side who sit 12th in League Two.

He admits that the visitors start as favourites but is targeting a giant-killing act.

Challinor told the Evening Post: “This is a massive game and one which has got the local community talking.

“It’s definitely the biggest since we won the FA Vase final.

“We are aware that the bigger picture for us is progressing in the league. But this is a game to savour and hopefully we can cause an upset.

“We’ve had Accrington watched a couple of times since the draw was made, and they’ve had scouts at our games.

“They’ll come here with a game plan and it’s up to us to cope with that.

“If there’s one slight disappointment, it’s the fact that the game wasn’t selected for live television broadcast.

“There are plenty of reasons why it could have been attractive for television.

“We are one of the smallest teams left in the FA Cup and Accrington have their place in football history.

“Maybe what counted against us was that our fourth qualifying round tie against Ilkeston went to a replay.

“The television people were already choosing the live games before the replay was played and we won through.”

Challinor’s men perhaps haven’t had the ideal build-up to Stanley’s visit.

Before they could turn their attention to tomorrow’s encounter, they had Tuesday night’s FA Trophy replay at Nantwich Town to get through.

It was a successful trip to Cheshire, although a long evening with penalties needed to see off Nantwich.

James Dean and Adam Farrell were on target in a 2-2 draw, Farrell’s goal his seventh in six games. Extra time failed to produce a winner, before Fylde won 3-1 on penalties.

Said Challinor: “It would have been nice to win in normal time with the chances we had, but the main thing is that we went through.

“The extra time means we’ve had to slow down our preparations for tomorrow but we’ll be right for the game and we can’t wait.”

BAMBER Bridge skipper Luke Atherton could be sidelined until February after suffering a serious injury in last week’s win at Ossett Albion.

The centre-half had this thigh sliced open by a tackle, with the injury being similar to the one which Wayne Rooney suffered playing for Manchester United against Fulham earlier in the season.

Atherton underwent surgery in the Royal Preston Hospital on Monday to have the muscle stitched back together, and he won’t be able to resume running for 12 weeks.

It’s a big blow for Brig, who seem to be getting themselves back on track after a three-game losing run.

The 1-0 win at Ossett followed up a goalless draw against Cammell Laird, and they go into tomorrow’s clash with Farsley FC at Irongate in 15th place.

Brig boss Neil Crowe said: “We’ve lost Luke for the next three months to what is a very serious injury.

“He went in for a 50/50 tackle with one of the Ossett lads who had blades on.

“The tackle caught him just above the knee and sliced open his thigh, tearing the quad muscle.

“It was typical of Luke that he wanted to try and carry on, but obviously we couldn’t let him do that.

“He went to hospital in Wakefield where the doctors patched him up, and then he had an operation in RPH on Monday to stitch the muscle.

“It was very similar to the one which Wayne Rooney suffered – he got back after a month but obviously has a team of specialists looking after him.

“Luke can’t bend his leg for six weeks and can’t run for 12 weeks.

“He’s a big player for us, a good centre-half and skipper, and we wish him a speedy recovery.”

Meanwhile, Crowe has let striker Danny Mahoney leave Brig for Clitheroe.

Mahoney made the move last weekend in search of regular first-team football.

Said Crowe: “Danny hasn’t been getting into the side.

“He broke his hand a few weeks ago and missed a couple of games as a result.

“When Danny came back, he was starting on the bench.

“Danny is a friend of mine and has left us on good terms. He’ll do well at Clitheroe.”

BAMBER Bridge skipper Luke Atherton could be sidelined until February after suffering a serious injury in last week’s win at Ossett Albion.

The centre-half had this thigh sliced open by a tackle, with the injury being similar to the one which Wayne Rooney suffered playing for Manchester United against Fulham earlier in the season.

Atherton underwent surgery in the Royal Preston Hospital on Monday to have the muscle stitched back together, and he won’t be able to resume running for 12 weeks.

It’s a big blow for Brig, who seem to be getting themselves back on track after a three-game losing run.

The 1-0 win at Ossett followed up a goalless draw against Cammell Laird, and they go into tomorrow’s clash with Farsley FC at Irongate in 15th place.

Brig boss Neil Crowe said: “We’ve lost Luke for the next three months to what is a very serious injury.

“He went in for a 50/50 tackle with one of the Ossett lads who had blades on.

“The tackle caught him just above the knee and sliced open his thigh, tearing the quad muscle.

“It was typical of Luke that he wanted to try and carry on, but obviously we couldn’t let him do that.

“He went to hospital in Wakefield where the doctors patched him up, and then he had an operation in RPH on Monday to stitch the muscle.

“It was very similar to the one which Wayne Rooney suffered – he got back after a month but obviously has a team of specialists looking after him.

“Luke can’t bend his leg for six weeks and can’t run for 12 weeks.

“He’s a big player for us, a good centre-half and skipper, and we wish him a speedy recovery.”

Meanwhile, Crowe has let striker Danny Mahoney leave Brig for Clitheroe.

Mahoney made the move last weekend in search of regular first-team football.

Said Crowe: “Danny hasn’t been getting into the side.

“He broke his hand a few weeks ago and missed a couple of games as a result.

“When Danny came back, he was starting on the bench.

“Danny is a friend of mine and has left us on good terms. He’ll do well at Clitheroe.”

 

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