Challinor prepares for Guiseley friendly

Isaac Kusaloka who scored against Hyde in the 3-1 defeat

Isaac Kusaloka who scored against Hyde in the 3-1 defeat

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IT’S all systems go for up-and-coming AFC Fylde as they build up to the big kick-off in the Evo-Stik Premier Division on Saturday, August 18.

Before that Dave Challinor’s side play their final home pre-season friendly tomorrow against last season’s Blue Square North play-off semi-finalists Guiseley, at Kellamergh Park.

Manager Challinor saw his side fall to their first defeat of pre-season 3-1 away to Blue Square Premier new boys Hyde FC on Tuesday night.

Challinor was anything but dismayed at the reverse.

“We played well at Hyde and gave them a good game, we deserved a draw at least.

“It was always going to be a difficult against a side two leagues higher, but we will learn from a game like that so I was happy with the lads performance.

“We played some decent stuff but they took their chances late on.

“Guiseley will be another good test for us this weekend. They have come close last two seasons not to get promoted to the Premier Division so they will be a decent side.”

“It was the first time since February 2012 that the Coasters had conceded a goal, but Challinor was not deterred and sees the positives.

“It’s a monkey off our back, in a way, conceding goals in pre-season.

“We made a few changes in the game late on giving some young lads some much needed game time and that may not have helped but they need that kind of experience.

“We have got some decent results so far this pre-season and we continued our great run of keeping clean sheets until this game, so we can’t read anything into it we just move on.

“We start again this weekend against Guiseley at home, and the lads will be fit and raring to go and show what they can do.”

Fylde’s young players coming through the development squad like striker Isaac Kusaloka were praised by the boss.

Challinor said: “The likes of Isaac, Mike Galliers and Adam Freeland have done well in pre-season, showing their potential.

“Isaac has scored three goals in two games and has impressed us, but he’s still young and needs time to develop, and that will only come with more experience and games.”