Coasters seeking Bucks fizz

Challinor - takes his side to Buxton on Saturday
Challinor - takes his side to Buxton on Saturday
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AFC Fylde to augment their position at the head of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League with a home match against Buxton on Saturday.

Coasters’ boss Dave Challinor is looking for a lift after the 1-0 FA Cup loss at the hands of Ashton United in the second qualifying round.

Challinor says there are several areas where the team need to wise up.

He said: “At the moment players are making poor decisions on the pitch and these are being repeated.

“Ultimately, decision-making is split-second judgements made by individuals in situations, and when they’re embroiled in the game they need to have composure and clarity to make the right decision.

“Too often, this isn’t the case and so we’re not as fluent as I know we can be.”

Challinor said that this week the training had been concentrated on ‘getting back on the horse, with the opportunity to work on our play.’

He insisted: “We will certainly do this.

“I was as angry as I’ve been for a while after the game but when I assess and evaluate things, that anger is a frustration that I know what this group is potentially capable of.”

Buxton themselves need to get back on an even keel after their exit from the FA Cup on Saturday – they lost 4-1 at home to North Ferriby United.

The Bucks had a change in backroom personnel this week with the appoint of Tim Ryan as assistant manager.

Player to watch in the Bucks’ ranks is winger Craig King, whose displays have been attracting the attention of clubs from Conference North Buxton – fended off such unwanted attraction by tieing the player to a contract until the end of the season.

In the North West Counties League, AFC Blackpool are away to Alsager Town on Saturday, while Squires Gate are at home to Colne.