Coasters loan for Seasiders starlet

AFC Fylde's Caspar Hughes misses the Darlington clash
AFC Fylde's Caspar Hughes misses the Darlington clash
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AFC Fylde defender Danny Holmes has left the Mill Farm club to link up with York City – and the Coasters have loaned Blackpool’s Macauley Wilson to fill the gap.

Holmes, who had spells at Tranmere and Newport, was a non-contract player at Fylde, and his move to the Vanarama National League side has been completed.

In all likelihood he will make his debut for the Minstermen in tomorrow’s clash with Eastleigh.

For his part, Wilson has completed a loan move to Mill Farm until December 17 after making his first competitive appearance for the Seasiders against Everton’s Under-21s in midweek.

The 19-year-old previously spent time out on loan at Bamber Bridge earlier this season.

Fylde manager Dave Challinor said: “York put seven days’ notice on Danny, who has done OK for us since coming to Fylde.

“He wanted a contract with us, but what he wanted and what we were prepared to pay was some way apart.

“We have a wage structure at the club, which we can’t break.

“When York put seven days on him, he expressed an interest in the move and we only want players who are fully committed and focussed on what we are trying to achieve and we move on.”

Fylde, who are away to Darlington 1883 in a top-of-the-table clash tomorrow, were keen on Wilson, who put in an assured display during Blackpool’s Checkatrade Trophy win at Goodison Park.

It’s a vital weekend for AFC Fylde as they travel to Darlington in a match that pits the leading two sides in Vanarama National League North.

The Coasters hold a four-point lead over their North East rivals; while Fylde were hammering Stalybridge Celtic 5-0 last Saturday, Darlington’s eight-match unbeaten came to an end with defeat at the hands of Tamworth.

Challinor said: “Tomorrow’s match won’t decide anything, but it gives us a chance to increase the gap on Darlington, who in turn will want to close the gap on us.”

The Coasters’ manager is not ruling out the possibility of including 16-year-old Tasdemir Serhat at Darlington.

He scored a hat-trick on his senior debut in the 6-2 victory over Darwen the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy at Mill Farm on Tuesday.

The youngster was on Blackburn Rovers’ books for a spell where he earned the nickname ‘Tugay’ in honour; like the Ewood Park hero, he is of Turkish extraction.

Challinor said of Serhat: “He was hoping to be taken on as a scholar at Blackburn, but that didn’t happen.

“There is a good chance that he could be involved tomorrow; he has loads of potential, but he is still a baby, even though he has a physical presence even at his young age.

“He got cramp towards the end of the match and he is one of a number or promising young players that we have coming through.”

Caspar Hughes is out with medial ligament damage.