AFC Fylde boss happy to be back home

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Chris Beech is looking forward to consecutive home games as AFC Fylde embark on the closing stages of their National League season.

The Coasters welcome Wealdstone tomorrow before Oxford City head to the Fylde coast seven days later.

Back-to-back matches at Mill Farm are a welcome contrast to seven away trips in the last 10.

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The most recent of those was Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Kidderminster Harriers, a result which sees Beech’s players 14th in the table and five points ahead of the drop zone with seven games left.

AFC Fylde boss Chris Beech Picture: Steve McLellanAFC Fylde boss Chris Beech Picture: Steve McLellan
AFC Fylde boss Chris Beech Picture: Steve McLellan
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Pride in performance at leaders

Speaking after the midweek point, Fylde’s head coach said: “I think you’ve just got to credit all the players and the staff.

“Last month, it was four overnight stays in London – which was more miles from Fylde to Istanbul on a coach – and credit to the supporters coming to watch us.

“I’m so happy we got great results while we did that and, again, we’ve had three back-to-back away fixtures.

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“Even tonight, the M6 closed; it caused issues before the game. The lads deal with it, adapt with it.

“We didn’t get to our pre-match until about five o’clock, which is probably an hour too late really.

“I didn’t have time to speak to the players that I was going to make changes with; we had to eat, have a quick meeting, announce the team.

“I didn’t have individual time that I normally have with the lads because we were caught on the M6 – and I think we set off about one o’clock, so it’s amazing what can happen.

“The lads adapt, absolutely no excuse, and play like that; it’s brilliant.”