It’s now seven up for Fylde

AFC Fylde manager Dave Challinor
AFC Fylde manager Dave Challinor
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AFC Fylde face their seventh successive cup match this weekend when they travel to Solihull Moors in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy.

The Coasters’ historic run in the FA Cup, which was brought to an end last Saturday by League Two outfit Accrington Stanley at Kellamergh Park.

And their commitments in the FA Trophy and the Lancashire FA Trophy mean the last time they played a league match was on October 16.

Fylde now find themselves down in 11th spot in the NPL Premier Division, 13 points behind leaders North Ferriby United having played five games less.

Manager Dave Challinor said: “It is a concern. We are behind in terms of games in the league.

“But it is the price of the success we have had. We would not swap our FA Cup run for anything.

“We have still got commitments in the FA 
Trophy and the Lancashire Trophy and we want to keep going in them.

“All our cup games have kind of come in one big run and, if I had the choice, I would rather have it that way rather than flitting from one to the other.

“Once all our cup games are out of the way, we can refocus again on the league and we know what we have to do.

“We are in a good place in terms of confidence and the run we are on.”

Despite being huge underdogs on Saturday against Stanley, Challinor was still disappointed to see his men go out of the FA Cup 4-1 – a scoreline he felt flattered the higher-league outfit.

“It was tough,” Challinor said. “I was disappointed more for the players, because they are better than what they showed on the day.

“In fairness, Accrington played well but the scoreline did not reflect how close the game was.

“There wasn’t any expectation outside our dressing room that we could win game.

“But there was a tinge of disappointment for us that we went out of the competition.”

Challinor rested a few of his big names for the visit of North West Counties outfit Atherton LR on Tuesday in the Lancashire Trophy and gave opportunities to some younger players. They did him proud with an excellent 6-2 victory.

Tomorrow, Fylde are up against Conference North opposition in the shape of Solihull. Curiously, the two sides have already met this season in the FA Cup – Fylde coming out on top 4-1 at Kellamergh Park.

“Tomorrow is a completely different game,” Challinor said. “We caught them when they were having a bit of a shaky time and we jumped on that.

“But since we beat them, they are unbeaten in five games and won three of them.”