Double deal boosts Fylde

Pictures Martin Bostock.'AFC Blackpool v AFC Fylde.'AFC Fylde's Lee Thorpe and Blackpool's Grant Dell.

Pictures Martin Bostock.'AFC Blackpool v AFC Fylde.'AFC Fylde's Lee Thorpe and Blackpool's Grant Dell.

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AFC Fylde have made a double transfer swoop for their five-match run-in, starting with the Easter double- header.

The Coasters have boosted their right-side options after signing right-back James Holden from Altrincham and AFC Blackpool winger Grant Dell ahead of Saturday’s visit to Wakefield and the home derby against Bamber Bridge on Easter Monday.

Former Manchester United trainee Holden’s arrival from the Blue Square Bet North boosts boss Dave Challinor’s defensive options, with Jimmy Heywood unavailable for the final two games due to work commitments.

And ex-Fleetwood Town flyer Dell has had an outstanding season in the North West Counties League and Challinor welcomed both new arrivals, who could continue to play for their old clubs under dual registration deals.

“It’s important we have as many options as possible at such an important stage of the season,” said the manager, whose side are two points clear in Evo-Stik First Division North after recording their fifth successive win last Saturday, defeating Radcliffe Borough 3-0 – a fourth clean sheet in a row.