Forward plans for Fylde coach

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FYLDE RFC coach Mark Nelson is stepping up his search for more forward back-up for his ‘threadbare’ squad, despite the fact that Saturday’s 22-20 win over Coventry was their third victory in succession.

Nelson is concerned at the way in which the relentless schedule in National League One is taking its toll in terms of the physical demands on players, particularly those in the pack.

Nelson said: “We are threadbare up front, with players carrying knocks.

“We do need to get some fire power into the pack just to show that we can give some of the lads a break.

“Roger Banks and Paul Arnold are Trojans, working hard, and there is very little respite for them.”

One possibility that Nelson is exploring is a return to the club of Adam Lewis, who can play up front or on the flank.

The Fylde coach said: “John Greenwood (team manager) has talked to Lewis about contractual issues – we are hoping that we can talk things forward this week.

“I am optimistic it will come through.”

He has still not given up hope of signing front row Kieran Brookes on loan from Leicester Tigers, even though a similar deal has just been announced for the player to join Championship club Doncaster, also on loan.

Nelson, below, said: “I have spoken to Leicester about Kieran Brookes – he is big in their plans and it is a very short term (arrangement) with Doncaster.”

He sees no let-up prior to the festive period.

“It is going to be a big, tough assignment at Rosslyn Park next Saturday and then we have got Macclesfield, who are going to come all guns blazing.

“We just have to keep getting the points on the board – we have 27 and (we need to) keep that table ticking over.

“What we are looking at up to Christmas is playing week, in week out, hard nose to the highway.

“You just try and play and be attractive – hopefully, it brings results and sometimes sheer courage and determination gains the day, which is what happened against Coventry.”