Fylde on spoiler alert

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Fylde Rugby Club coach Mark Nelson says rival clubs are trying to stifle his side’s attacking intent.

Fylde are the second-highest points scorers in National League One, averaging 32 points per game, and tomorrow at the Woodlands they take on second-placed Rosslyn Park, the only undefeated team in the competition and the side with the best defence.

Teams are wising up to Fylde’s style of play and how to deal with it, though Nelson says it is up to his side to confront this – and he insists they will.

Explaining the tactic teams have used to neutralise Fylde, he said: “Teams go offside and fall over the ball and the breakdown. If they get away with it, they stop us from scoring.

“People think we are one-trick ponies but we have different weapons in our arsenal (to deal with it).”

Tomorrow’s match is followed seven days later by a visit to Coventry, another side with designs on going up to the Championship.

Nelson said: “The Rosslyn Park match is another tough test and we keep on having to play the top teams after Esher last week. One argument is that we are getting all the top sides out of the way at once, but this league is becoming tougher and tougher.

“The physicality is becoming more intense and prevalent.”

Full rugby previews in Friday’s Gazette