AFC Fylde manager Dave Challinor says his players have a chance to put Wednesday’s league disappointment out of their system when they embark on cup action in the first qualifying round of the FA Carlsberg Trophy on Saturday.
The Coasters lost out on re-claiming top-spot in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League with a dispiriting 2-0 reverse at the hands of Trafford.
Tomorrow they play host to a Kendal side who play in Division One North of the Northern Premier League, and have a number of familiar faces in their set-up.
They are skippered by Danny Coid, who clocked up more than 250 appearances for Blackpool.
Kendal’s goalkeeper is ex-Fleetwood Town stopper Craig Dootson, who was a team-mate of Challinor’s in their days together at Bury
The Cumbrians’ Ricky Mercer is a former AFC Fylde player, as is Warren Beattie.
Another member of the Cumbrians’ squad is Danny Mitchley, who was once on the books at Bloomfield Road.
The Coasters’ midweek loss to Trafford was a sore point for Challinor.
He said: “We didn’t play well on Wednesday night, and it is important now that we put that behind us and get back on the horse, if you like.
“For that reason we are looking forward to Saturday’s game and it can’t come quickly enough - hopefully the players feel the same way as I do.”
Challinor added: “Sometimes you expect two or three players not to perform at their best in their games, but against Trafford it was a case of from one to 11 they were all below the standard that is required and the levels that I know the players are capable of.
“We have conceded some poor goals this season and it came back to bite us against Trafford.
“We gave the players warnings and they didn’t heed them.”
Challinor had been thinking in terms of changing his line-up for Kendal even prior to the Trafford match, and that looks even more likely in light of that 2-0 lapse.
Asked about his approach to a cup campaign and where it lies in terms of priorities, Challinor said: “It is a difficult one.
“Would we like it to overtake our promotion ambition? Maybe not.
“But at the same time a good cup run is good for the club in terms of prize money and revenue.
“The Kendal match is an opportunity for some lads to come in and press their claims for selection.”
AFC Fylde will be favourites to press home their home advantage against a side lying fourth in First Division North of the NPL.
In midweek, Kendal played out a 1-1 draw with Warrington Town, a Mitchley penalty ensuring a share of the spoils.
Kendal manager Steve Edmondson is pleased to get a crack at AFC Fylde in the FA Trophy.
He said: “The money side of things for the club is important and it will be a chance for us to go up against AFC Fylde and see how far we’ve come since we played them last year.”
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