AFC Fylde’s road to the Reebok

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AFC Fylde and Chorley take a break from their promotion battle to go head-to-head in a cup semi-final tonight.

The winners of tonight’s Lancashire Co-operative Trophy clash in Leyland will face Evo-Stik League rivals Bamber Bridge in next month’s final at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium.

Tonight’s 7.45pm kick-off at the County Ground, headquarters of the Lancashire FA, promises to be a thriller and admission is £8 for adults, with £4 concessions.

Both sides are in fine form, having beaten Conference opposition in the last round. AFC won 3-1 at neighbours Fleetwood Town, whose arch-rivals Southport went down 4-0 to Chorley.

Chorley are second in First Division North and Fylde third, with identical points totals, though Chorley have played two fewer games.

As he bids to extend his side’s unbeaten run to 13 games, Fylde manager Kelham O’Hanlon said: “Everybody is really looking forward to the game. Both teams are in good form and it should be exciting.

“I know (Chorley boss) Gary Flitcroft and he will want to win the game as much as I do. It’s about who performs on the night and you may need a bit of luck, but we go there with confidence.”

Fylde may be without injured top scorer Kevin Townson but there’s no shortage of competition for places up front.

Indeed, Andy Bell has certainly staked his claim with four goals in two games since his return from injury.

O’Hanlon added: “We had a few knocks in the last game against Curzon Ashton and we are hoping last weekend’s postponement at Radcliffe Borough will have allowed things to clear up.”

Fylde return to league action at Kellamergh Park against Salford City on Saturday.