Allen’s back for Barnes challenge

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Key midfielder Bradley Barnes has challenged his AFC Fylde team-matest to secure the Evo-Stik First Division North title by wining their final ten matches, starting with tonorrow’s home clash with Trafford – and they have received a major boost to spur them to that goal.

Fleetwood Town striker Richie Allen has returned to Fylde for the rest of the season to boost their promotion push.

Allen moved three levels up the non-league structure to join Fleetwood in January after scoring 21 goals for the Coasters this season.

Fylde boss Dave Challinor said: “We’re delighted to conclude a deal to bring Ritchie back. I’d like to thank Fleetwood for their assistance in this matter and I feel is a win-win situation for all parties. It’s a deal we’ve been trying to make happen since January, when he left.

“He was made an offer of full-time football which he felt was a too good to pass up. I’m sure he’ll have benefited from training full-time. It will give us a great boost for the final ten games of the season.

“He was the best player in this league by a country mile when he left and hopefully he’ll go and prove that all over again.”

Allen, now in his third spell at the club for whom he has scored 65 goals in 101 appearances, hopes to have paperwork completed in time for tomorrow’s home match against Trafford.

Beaten just only once in their last 15 league games, Fylde lost the leadership to Curzon Ashton this week, but Barnes is focused on keeping their momentum going.

He said: “I want us to win every game from now until the end of the season to get promotion. Saturday’s draw at Ossett Town was frustrating but the pitch was a leveller.

“Curzon don’t seem to be losing and Witton are also in the mix, but as the boss says we have to take care of our business and we will give 100 per cent to get that top spot. ”

n AFC Blackpool bounced back from successive North West Counties League defeats with an impressive 2-0 win at Bootle on Tuesday and aim to build on that result at home to Maine Road tomorrow. Premier division neighbours Squires Gate have taken five points from three games in March and head to Bacup.