Coasters in League Two striker bid

Blinkhorn - back for Coasters
Blinkhorn - back for Coasters
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AFC Fylde manager Dave Challinor was hoping to complete a loan deal for a League Two striker prior to Saturday’s clash away to relegation-threatened Stafford Rangers.

Challinor was optimistic that there would be no hitches as the Coasters enter a vital part of the season in their Evo Stik Northern Premier League campaign.

He said: “We are coming into an important part of the season now with matches against teams like FC United of Manchester, Kings Lynn, Skelmersdale, Ilkeston and Chorley – we have a big month or so coming up.

“We played Stafford at home in the first match of the season - we beat them 2-1 and they were one of those sides who had a game-plan of trying to prevent us from playing.

“Stafford are struggling, but you have to approach the match in the right way because if you don’t you are likely to come unstuck.

“What we have to do is make sure that we go there with confidence and do a professional job.”

The Coasters will have Matty Blinkhorn back in action for the Stafford clash after several frustrating weeks on the sidelines with a broken wrist.

Challinor is delighted at the return of his striker as he has been a big miss.

He said: “The fact that ‘Blinks’ is coming back is a massive boost for us.

“At times the injury situation has been ridiculous and missing strikers has we have been doing has meant we have had to change the way we play.

“That’s why we have been working on getting a new man in.”

Challinor got a boost in the 3-1 win over Burscough in the Doodson Sport League Cup this week with the return to action of Jack Dorney and he is likely to figure in the squad at Stafford tomorrow.

However, Danny Lloyd and Michael Barnes are not expected to be able to return to the fray until the New Year.

Challinor said: “We still have four or five players out, but at least the cup games have given some lads the opportunity to come in and do well as they did on Tuesday night in the match against Burscough.”