Dave relishes hectic start to new reign

Dave Challinor
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TWO matches in three days represent a hectic start for new AFC Fylde manager Dave Challinor, but that’s exactly the way he’d want it.

The former Colwyn Bay boss starts his reign with a home game against second-bottom Cammell Laird tomorrow, before visiting second-placed Curzon Ashton on Monday.

“You want to get stuck in straight away, so this is an excellent chance to have a good early look at the players we have here,” said the 36-year-old, who conducted his first training session last night.

It will also refamiliarise Challinor with the differing standards in Evo-Stik First Division North, a level he won promotion from as Colwyn Bay skipper two seasons ago.

Cammell Laird’s only league victory was back in August, whereas Curzon are the division’s only unbeaten side, and have won all but two of their 15 games.

Don’t expect an instant overhaul from Challinor, who has great respect for his predecessor Kelham O’Hanlon, having been coached by him at Bury.

“I have fond memories of Kel, and I’m surprised it didn’t work out for him here,” added Challinor, “but the club clearly felt the need for a change, and it was an opportunity I couldn’t let pass me by.”

n SQUIRES Gate and AFC Fylde hit the road in the North West Counties League tomorrow, anxious to return to winning ways.

After three successive wins and clean sheets, Gate fell to earth with Tuesday’s 3-0 defeat at Colne.

It means Russ McKenna’s side remain in the bottom four, and will be severely tested away to fourth-placed Ramsbottom, who are just one point off the premier division summit.

Colne are the last team Blackpool beat in the league almost a month ago. No wins in their last three premier division games have seen Stuart Parker’s side slip to ninth ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Congleton.