MANAGER Kelham O’Hanlon hopes this week’s county cup triumph will give AFC Fylde’s promotion push a massive boost.
Fylde return to Evo-Stik First Division North action at home to Warrington on Saturday, five days after lifting the Lancashire FA Co-operative Challenge Trophy for the first time at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium.
O’Hanlon felt the 1-0 scoreline failed to do justice to Fylde’s superiority and he would love his side to take that form into the final 11 league games.
A delighted O’Hanlon told The Gazette: “We were dominant, in the first half especially, and it would have been a true reflection had we been two or three up at half-time.
“But when you are only one up in a cup competition everything can change very quickly. They did put us under pressure, but we had the majority of possession and created the better chances, so we were worthy winners. And Joe Booth’s free-kick was worthy of winning any game.”
The manager added that his Coasters side revelled in the large Premier League pitch and relished the whole occasion.
And O’Hanlon felt that inspired his men more than the desire for revenge after Brig’s league double over them last month.
He added: “We did owe them one but I don’t think the league games were a factor on the night.
“The pitch suited us because we try to get ball down and pass. It’s a great setting and the lads loved playing on the surface.
“It’s the first trophy since I’ve been here and the first time the club has ever won this one, so it’s great for supporters.”
Fylde are presently in the last of the play-off berths after an up and down run of league results, losing three and winning only two of their last seven.
Victory over Warrington, currently the top team outside the play-off zone, would give Fylde a ten-point cushion over them.