Coasters eyeing up transfer targets

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AFC Fylde may dip into the transfer market to bolster the squad as they look to maintain their promotion challenge.

The Coasters topped the Conference North earlier in the season after a run of nine successive league victories.

However, they have picked up just one win in their last seven outings in all competitions – and that came in the FA Trophy last Saturday thanks to a 3-2 win over Hednesford Town.

Fylde – who were handed a home tie against fellow Conference North outfit Gainsborough in the first round proper of the 
FA Trophy – have drawn their past three matches.

On Tuesday, they were held 0-0 against Stockport County at Edgeley Park, which was the same scoreline when the two sides met the previous week at Kellamergh Park.

Having picked up just three points from a possible 12, the Coasters have dropped to third in the table – five points behind clear leaders Barrow.

With the busy Christmas period approaching, Fylde assistant manager Colin Woodthorpe said he and boss Dave Challinor may look to bring a couple of new faces in to give the squad a much needed boost.

“We don’t have a massive squad, despite what a lot of people might think,” Woodthorpe said.

“We might have a little look at things over the next couple of weeks to see if we need anybody over the holiday period.”

Tomorrow, Fylde welcome relegation-threatened Stalybridge Celtic to Kellamergh Park.

Although, on paper, the fixture appears to be a home banker, Fylde will be wary that they were beaten by Celtic 3-0 in the first week of the season.

Josh Wilson – on loan from AFC Halifax – looks set to keep his place in the Fylde starting team.

But winger Michael Barnes – who has been missing through injury over the past few weeks – remains a major doubt.

Youngster Cory Bent –who made his debut against Stockport in midweek as a substitute – could be on the bench once more tomorrow.

It is FA Cup weekend for Southport as they take on fellow Conference Premier outfit Eastleigh at home in the second round of the competition.

Gary Brabin’s men will be aiming to end a two-match losing run.