AFC Fylde manager Dave Challinor is hoping to replenish his squad with one or more loan signings prior to Saturday’s trip to promotion rivals Matlock Town in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League.
Challinor has been on the telephone constantly this week in a bid to sign players on loan.
The Coasters’ boss said: “We are short on numbers, with injuries and players going out on loan.
“We have moved players on from the squad and we have had some critical injuries at a bad time and I have been trying to get players in, but it is not easy.
“I must have spoken to 10 managers in the last few days and have tried to get loans for several players.
“It has been fruitless so far in getting the players I want, but I am hoping for good news (before Saturday)
“They have to be right and I am not going to adopt a scatter-gun approach.
“One of the problems is that if you approach Football League clubs, managers are reluctant to let their players play so far down at our level.”
Coasters need to get back on track after their 2-1 home loss on Tuesday to Nantwich Town, which put a dent - hopefully only on a temporary basis – to their promotion aspirations.
Reflecting on that home loss, Challinor mused: “We didn’t play particularly well, but at the same time we didn’t deserve to lose.
“We should have been comfortable after scoring a good goal ourselves to go 1-0 up, but Nantwich got a penalty, which totally changed the course of the game.
“That was the second time in our last two matches that we have had what I consider to be poor decisions going against us.
“We had conceded a penalty against Whitby in our previous home match, which could have cost us, though we won that game in the end.”
One casualty of that Nantwich reverse was Jack Dorney, who suffered suspected knee medial ligament damage.
Depending on an update on the extent of the injury, Challinor fears that the player could be out for three or four weeks.
He is hoping for better news regarding striker Matty Blinkhorn, currently out with a broken hand.
Blinkhorn is returning to hospital in the middle of next week and if he gets a positive result could return, possibly playing with a cast on the injury.
It is the second time AFC Fylde and Matlock have met this season.
AFC Fylde beat the Gladiators 2-0 in the corresponding fixture back in September.
Matlock are managed by Mark Atkins, who won a Premier League winner’s medal with Blackburn Rovers.
Matlock won the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League award for October.
They played another Lancashire side in midweek, going down 3-1 to Chorley.
Fylde go into Saturday’s encounter in third place, while Matlock are seventh.