Coasters off to Whitby on holiday high

Downside of AFC Fylde's good start was the sending off of midfielder Harry Winter.
Downside of AFC Fylde's good start was the sending off of midfielder Harry Winter.
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AFC FYLDE entertain Whitby Town at Kellamergh Park tomorrow, boosted by their four-point haul over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Dave Challinor’s side followed their first victory in the Evo-Stik Premier Division, 1-0 over North Ferriby United, with a 2-2 draw at Kendal.

Boss Challinor said: “It was good for us to get that first win. We needed that to kick-start the season.

“It’s a higher division now, and we will face some tougher games against teams who have better quality at both ends of the pitch – that’s where we need to improve.

“I was pleased with how we played in parts at Kendal, but we are not producing enough quality in both penalty areas at the moment. The teams who are good at both ends are successful.

Monday’s draw featured a melee on the half-time whistle, which saw players from both sides involved, and Fylde midfielder Harry Winter sent off along with Kendal keeper Craig Dootson.

Challinor said: “We’ll have to wait on the referee’s report, but there was stuff going on all over the pitch before it calmed down. Harry Winter will be missing for three games, but we have plenty of options.

As for Whitby, he added: “I’ve done some homework on them. They will be well organised and will be difficult to beat, but we are at home and we are looking for a positive result.

“Our performances have merited more points so far this season, but if we take a bit more care and have quality in the right areas we can get the desired result.”

Challinor is still considering bolstering his squad. “We have a few enquiries at the moment on players in positions I still feel we can strengthen. We have a squad of around 17-18, but we need some improvements in certain areas.”

The free shuttle bus to Kellamergh Park operates on Saturday, picking up at Stable Bar Kirkham at 12.45pm and 2pm, Lane Ends Wesham 12.50pm and 2.05pm, The Plough Freckleton 1.30pm and The County Lytham 1.15pm and 2.30pm.

Fylde are at home to Ramsbottom in the FA Cup first qualifying round on Saturday week.

Their opponents won through with a 3-0 preliminary round win over Brigg on Monday.

Squires Gate bid to build on their first North West Counties League victory of the season when they welcome Norton to their Royal British Legion Stadium tomorrow.

Russ McKenna’s side were 3-1 winners over Colne on Tuesday and will be confident of back-to-back wins against the Premier Division’s bottom club.

Fourth-placed AFC Blackpool head to Runcorn Town after a goalless draw with Barnoldswick.