Cup chase on two fronts for Coasters

Winter - set to play
Winter - set to play
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AFC Fylde, on fire recently in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League promotion campaign, now turn their attention to cup competitions.

On Saturday they entertain Chasetown in the quarter-final of the Doodson Sport Cup, while on Wednesday as holders they are in semi-final action in the Lancashire FA Trophy when they take on Bamber Bridge.

Manager Dave Challinor, whose side have won seven matches in succession, says neither cup match will be a distraction.

He said: “We will probably put in a couple of lads who need games and we can’t use any of our academy players because 22 of them have gone to America to play in a tournament for two weeks in Phoenix.

“So we will be putting out a strong side for both matches.

“We have been playing well and we want to keep up our unbeaten run - we are getting good results with good performances to match.”

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s clash at Kellamergh Park, Challinor added: “I don’t know too much about Chasetown, but I will talk to a couple of managers that I know in their division to catch up on them,

“But I am expecting a tough game.”

Harry Winter is likely to get a run tomorrow after coming on for the final 13 minutes in the 2-1 league win over Trafford on Tuesday night.

The final of the Doodson Sport Cup will take place at Stockport County’s Edgeley Park ground on Sunday, April 13.

Chasetown play in Division One South of the Evo-Stik League and recently suffered a setback when their prolific striker Paul Sullivan moved to Hednesford.

Full quarter-final draw: Frickley Athletic v Loughborough Dynamo; Carlton Town v FC United Of Manchester; AFC FYLDE v Chasetown; Witton Albion v Skelmersdale v Farsley AFC.

Striker Alex Titchiner, who was being tracked by AFC Fylde following his release last week by Fleetwood Town, has re-joined his former club Witton Albion.