Challinor wants Coasters to be clinical

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AFC Fylde manager Dave Challinor is preaching patience and the need for a more clinical approach as the club’s play-off ambitions go on the line at home to Guiseley on Saturday.

It is a case of advantage Guiseley after the first leg, which ended with a 1-0 victory for the Lions in the Vanarama Conference North play-off.

Despite losing 1-0 to a side that finished 15 points adrift of second-placed Fylde in the regulation season, Challinor remained positive about the outcome.

He said: “It’s still in the balance.

“We expected it to be close on Wednesday night, and it was.

“Looking back on that game, we should have got more out of it than we did, but sometimes that happens in football.

“We didn’t get the breaks we needed in front of goal and it says a lot for how much we were in the game that their goalkeeper (Steven Drench) was the man of the match.

“They are a goal ahead, but I am more than confident that we are still in the game - we are two wins away from achieving our goal of promotion.”

The Coasters’ boss added: “It will not be a case of simply going gung-ho on Saturday.

“We need to stick to our game-plan, be patient and be more clinical in front of goal and make sure we take the chances when they come our way.

“Where we missed out on Wednesday was in the area between the half-way line and the Guiseley penalty area.

“We put ourselves in good positions and couldn’t make the most of the opportunities, though, as I say, a lot that was down to their goalkeeper and he made some good saves.

“And even well into injury-time and with the last kick of the match, we were still attacking and had an effort cleared off their line.”

Fylde will be banking on wholehearted support from the home fans at an expectant, but understandably nervy Kellamergh Park.

And Challinor agreed that the fans will play a large part.

“We had a couple of hundred of our fans come to Guiseley on Wednesday and the team really appreciated that.

“Hopefully they will turn out in force on Saturday.”

Ofiicials are expecting a crowd of over 1,000 on Saturday - it could even rival the 1,400 that came when FC United of Manchester were the visitors back in the Evo-Stik Premier era.

Challinor said: “It is important that they get behind us.

“Some people have said that tomorrow is the most important in the club’s history - I don’t necessarily always believe that, I always think the next match you are playing is the most important.

“It was a difficult pitch to play on at Guiseley, but we know that won’t be the case on our ground in the second leg.”

Challinor reports no new injury concerns.

Richie Allen passed a fitness test to play at Guiseley on Wednesday and gave the club a good half hour when he came on as substitute.

Fylde will leave it to the last possible time before deciding on whether Caspar Hughes plays a part after his recent shoulder injury.

The other Vanarama Conference North play-off semi-final on Saturday is even more delicately balanced - Chorley and Boston drew 0-0 on Wednesday night.