Challinor won’t take Fylde’s FA Cup rivals rightly

Dave Challinor
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AFC Fylde manager Dave Challinor insists his side will not be taking Coleshill Town for granted in this afternoon’s FA Cup clash at Kellamergh Park (kick-off 3pm).

The Coasters’ visitors in the third qualifying round today are a Midlands League club who play three tiers below Fylde.

But the Birmingham club have already claimed three scalps in this season’s competition, and Challinor wants his side to show the same desire that saw them dispatch Stockport County in the previous round a fortnight ago.

“It’s key that we don’t let our standards slip against a lower league side,” said Challinor.

“We know what the FA Cup brings in terms of extra revenue for the club and opportunities to test ourselves against higher-ranked clubs, so we are taking it very seriously.

“People will think that we have an easy tie but that isn’t the case. On paper we couldn’t have asked for more but unfortunately football doesn’t work that way.

“Coleshill come here on the back of three victories over higher-ranked teams, so we are well aware that they will raise their game. They will be coming here looking to cause an upset.

“We will play at a high tempo and hopefully that extra quality we have will shine through on the day.

“We are expecting a tough game, and if we are not at the top of our game that leaves us open to disappointment.”

Challinor wants his current crop of players to write the next page in the Coasters history books.

He explained: “We have reached the first round proper twice in the last three years and we have faced Football League teams on both of those occasions.

“The league is our main priority but we have shown in the past that it’s possible to do well in both competitions.”

Brad Barnes and Casper Hughes were both injury doubts after last weekend’s win over Telford but Challinor added: “Both lads trained on Thursday, so we are hoping to go into the game with a strong squad to pick from.”