Making the Wright call

Dave Challinor
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AFC Fylde boss Dave Challinor, preparing for a home FA Cup clash with Coleshill Town tomorrow, plans an early call to new Fleetwood Town manager Steven Pressley over the future of Akil Wright.

Challinor is keen to extend Wright’s loan spell from the Highbury club after the young player has impressed during his period at Kellamergh Park.

Wright is unavailable for tomorrow’s third qualifying round tie because Fleetwood do not want the player to be cup-tied, and Challinor said: “I spoke to the people at Fleetwood on Monday about Akil’s situation and since then Steven has come in as the new manager.

“We would like to extend Akil’s loan but we will have to find out what Fleetwood’s thinking is about it.”

The Coasters are just two matches away from qualifying for the first round proper of the FA Cup – standing in their way tomorrow are Coleshill, who play in the Midland Premier League. Challinor has welcomed it as an ideal draw, while his counterpart at Coleshill Paul Casey has described it as ‘a killer’.

Challinor, who has paid Coleshill the compliment of having them watched in the run-up to tomorrow’s tie, said: “We have seen them twice and briefed our players about what they can expect, but then Coleshill could go and change their formation against us.

“As much as we know about them, it is a question of letting them worry about us. From our point of view it is a good draw.” - a home tie against a lower-ranked side in the competition is the kind of draw we would have picked as opposed to our draw in the last round against Stockport County, one of the highest-ranked teams.”

Another Coasters’ player ineligible tomorrow is young defender Liam Gibson, who played in the FA Cup earlier in the campaign during his spell with New Mills.

AFC Fylde will give fitness checks on two players who were in the wars during the bruising clash with AFC Telford on Saturday.

Brad Barnes injured his neck after only 20 minutes, but Challinor is hoping that he will be okay.

Caspar Hughes received a stray and suffered facial damage, but in all likelihood no fracture of the cheek-bone.

In addition, Dylan Versallo is being treated for tendonitis.

Sam Finley, who was sent off against Telford, has been banned for three matches, but his suspension does not kick in until after tomorrow’s tie, so he is available to face Coleshill.

Josh Langley is due to go to the FA’s facility at St George’s Park for remedial work after he broke his third metatarsal.

Fylde hope to have him back available for selection by the end of the month.