Chally’s feeling relaxed

Coasters boss Dave Challinor
Coasters boss Dave Challinor
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There are no feelings of anxiety in the AFC Fylde dressing room despite the team suffering a slight blip in form over the past few weeks.

After registering eight wins on the spin, which saw them sail to the top of the table, the Coasters looked like they were running away with the Conference North title.

However, a run of just one win in their past five has put the brakes on their promotion charge.

A 1-1 draw against bottom side Hyde on Saturday enabled Barrow to move back to the summit and they extended their lead at the top to four points thanks to a 1-0 win at Stockport County in midweek.

Fylde still enjoy the luxury of two games in hand on their rivals and boss Dave Challinor is feeling pretty relaxed as they head towards the crucial run-in to the season.

“We have had some defeats recently but ultimately we will be judged over the 42 games in the season,” he said.

“We’ve just got to keep going. We are still in pole position. If someone had said with 10 games or so to go, promotion would be in our hands, we would have taken it.

“At some point you are going to lose some games but we are a team that can put a run of wins together, as we have proven in the last couple of years and earlier this season.

“There will be more twists and turns between now and the end of the season.”

Despite only drawing at Hyde – who are cut adrift at the bottom of the league having won only two games all season – Challinor felt it ended up being a decent point.

Reduced to nine men after Bradley Barnes was handed a straight red in the first half and Josh Langley received his marching orders for two yellow cards after the interval, Fylde did well to cling on to a point.

It had all begun so promisingly for the Coasters after Josh Wilson had given them the lead inside the first minute.

“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy because if you looked at some of their other results, Chorley went there and drew, Barrow went there and drew,” said Challinor.

“They play with a freedom – they don’t play like a bottom of the table team.

“It it might turn out to be a good point, only time will tell.”

Tomorrow, Fylde welcome promotion rivals Tamworth to Kellamergh Park. The Lambs are in fourth spot – six points behind Fylde.

“They have had a good run,” Challinor said. “At the start of the season they looked like relegation candidates but they have had a run of wins and they have benefitted from other teams around them dropping points.”