AFC Fylde manager Dave Challinor is predicting a bright future for youngster Ryan Charnley, who enjoyed his first senior start in the FA Trophy replay win away to Kendal Town.
Charnley is only 16, making him arguably the youngest debutant in the history of the Coasters, and he nearly capped his first appearance with a goal, going close in the 2-1 victory,which set up a second qualifying round date away to Rushall Olympic and gave AFC Fylde a confidence-boosting win.
The AFC manager, whose side entertain Whitby Town on Saturday, said: “We took Ryan off in the second half, more as a precaution than anything else, and for an inexperienced 16-year-old he did really well.
“He has been in and around the squad this season and I wanted to give him his chance.
“He is a really good player and the future looks bright for him.”
Challinor was pleased with the qualities shown by his team in overcoming the challenge posed by Kendal and is hoping to carry that level of form over to Evo-Stik Premier action tomorrow at home to the Seasiders of Whitby.
The two sides have already locked horns in the league, the Coasters prevailing 2-1 over Whitby in North Yorkshire in September.
Challinor said: “We played well, especially in the first half against Kendal when we scored two goals and could have had more.
“Kendal changed the way they played and tightened up in the second half - they came more into the game.
“But when we are at our best, we are a match for any team in the division and now we have two important league matches coming up against Whitby and Droylsden.
“Whitby are a team on a decent and we have had some close games.
“We beat them earlier in the season - they normally play 4-4-2, but they changed their system when we went there and it was more of a 4-3-3,” added Challinor, whose side go into tomorrow’s contest in second place in the table.
Challinor has no new injury concerns ahead of Whitby’s visit.