Coasters wait on striker Carver

Marcus Carver
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The future of striker Marcus Carver at AFC Fylde hangs in the balance.

Carver, on loan from League Two club Accrington Stanley, has been nursing a shin injury, which has put plans for a long-term stay with the Coasters in doubt.

Manager Dave Challinor said: “Marcus has had trouble with his shin and it may require some surgery.

“If it does then it mean he will report back to Accrington, and we may have to look at bringing in another player in his position.

“But we can’t go any further until whether or not Marcus is staying with us or not – we can’t make the decision until then.”

The Coasters are at home to Ashton United on Saturday, hoping to build on their much-needed first win in seven matches against Worksop Town on Saturday.

Manager Dave Challinor said: “We played well on Saturday and deserved to win – we showed that we weren’t lacking confidence in the way we’re playing.

“Richie Allen came back into our side and a lot was made about his performance, but all round it was a good team performance.

“I have every belief that we will still have a big say in who gets promotion and about getting to the place that we want to be at the end of the season.

“We are hoping that after beating Worksop we have turned the corner and that we will get another win under our belts with more players coming back into the side after injury.”

Returning to contention are Danny Lloyd, Michael Barnes and Andy Russell.

Challinor said: “Getting players back is a big positve for us - we need to get everyone back for the end of the season.”

Ashton moved into fourth place in the table with a 2-0 win over Buxton on Wednesday.