Chally: It will be tough

AFC Fylde manager Dave Challinor
AFC Fylde manager Dave Challinor
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The National North League season is only five matches old, but manager Dave Challinor has seen enough already to give the verdict: “It’s harder than last year.”

AFC Fylde finished runners-up to Barrow last season, missing out on promotion in the play-offs.

And Challinor said: “It is a lot more competitive and it is going to be more difficult this season.

“There are better players, better teams and a lot of teams have strengthened their squad, promoted teams are more used to the league and the overall standard of the league has got better.”

Fylde, who have a busy Bank Holiday with an away trip to Curzon Ashton and a home match on Monday against Stockport County, were down to four fit defenders this week after it was revealed that Josh Langley had suffered a broken metatarsal.

It has led to Challinor exploring the loan market for potential recruits after Langley was laid low with the serious toe injury.

Challinor said: “Josh was injured against Gainsborough and played in the Bradford Park match, after which the two started to swell up.

“He went for an X-ray and it was found he had broken a metatarsal. It means that Josh will be out for between six to eight weeks.”

Tomorrow the Coasters travel to newly-promoted Curzon Ashton.