Title run-in will be no coast for Fylde

Dave Challinor
Dave Challinor
  • Fylde in two-horse race for Conference North title with Barrow
  • Coasters appear to have the easier run-in
  • Dave Challinor’s men face bottom side Hyde on Saturday at Kellamergh Park
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It is promising to be a nail-biting finish in the Conference North title race.

AFC Fylde’s emphatic 4-0 victory in midweek at Worcester City saw them hit the top of the table once again.

We have just got to make sure we take care of what we do. We can’t really worry about what Barrow have got

They appear to be in a two-horse race with Barrow, who they went above on goal difference.

Further inspection of the top-two’s final fixtures would appear to suggest that the Coasters have the easier run-in.

In their remaining seven games, the highest-placed team they are set to come up against is Harrogate Town, who are currently in 12th spot in the table.

Barrow, meanwhile, still have to play Chorley, Stockport County and Tamworth, who are all still fighting for a play-off spot.

Fylde boss Dave Challinor is well aware of the challenges faced by both teams in the final few weeks of the season but does not believe his side hold any significant advantage.

“We knew in February and the start of March that it was a difficult run of games for us, with the teams that we were playing,” he said.

“We have got those fixtures out of the way and now we are playing sides who are in 
mid-table or below.

“Some of them have not got a lot to play for but that brings potential problems because they can go out and play with a freedom.

“We have just got to make sure we take care of what we do. We can’t really worry about what Barrow have got.”

This weekend, Fylde are at home for the first time in five games against rock-bottom Hyde, who are certainties for drop.

Indeed the Tigers could be relegated this weekend if they lose but Challinor will be wary of the fact that his men only managed to draw against them at Ewen Fields last month.

“They are already relegated,” Challinor said.

“They are going to have to work a miracle for them to stay up but they don’t play like a relegated team.

“They play with confidence and try to play the right way.

“But Tuesday night was an opportunity to put ourselves on top of the league and we did that.

“Tomorrow is an opportunity to stay there.”

Meanwhile, in the Conference Premier, Southport will be aiming to put more daylight between themselves and the relegation zone when they host Dartford.