Coasters wait on Hankin

Michael Barnes in action this week against Marine
Michael Barnes in action this week against Marine
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AFC Fylde are hoping that defender Dave Hankin will get the all-clear for Saturday’s visit to Whitby Town in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League.

Coasters’ manager Dave Challinor said: “We need to look at Dave after that tackle and assess him.

“It was a nasty tackle, but the injury is not as bad as feared.

“He got hit above the ankle, but hopefully he will be fine.”

Brad Barnes could also come into the equation for the trip to North Yorkshire as Challinor looks at his options.

While AFC Fylde were involved in a league stalemate with Marine, Whitby were suffering the disappointment of going out of the FA Cup first qualifying round replay with West Auckland - they lost away 4-1.

Challinor said: “Whitby will be looking for a reaction after a result like that.

“They have a lot of experience at this level and I know they will want to put things right.”

Challinor was not too dismayed at dropping two home points against Marine.

He said: “It just shows how tight this league is and that no-one is running away with it at the top of the table.

“The problem for us against Marine was that we were 20 yards too deep against them in the first half - we should have stepped up the pitch in order to gain momentum, though we did have chances to score.

“We did step it up in the second half, but Marine defended well against us.

“But I know there is still a lot of improvement to come from us.”

Challinor has not yet ruled out the possibility of moving into the loan market to boost his squad, though there is nothing positive in the pipeline at present.

He said: “At this stage of this season clubs don’t want players cup-tied.”

Both Blackpool’s North West Counties clubs are both away in the second qualifying round for the FA Vase.

Squires Gate play NWC premier rivals Runcorn Linnets, while AFC Blackpool travel to Scunthorpe to face Northern Counties East side Winterton Rangers.