United stand in Coasters’ way

Marcus Carver (right) on the goal trail already
Marcus Carver (right) on the goal trail already
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AFC Fylde are preparing for their biggest match of the season on Saturday when FC United of Manchester are the visitors.

It is clash that always has a special significance given the size of the United following - and this latest meeting promises to have a huge say in the promotion stakes.

The Coasters go into the match in fourth place, with the visitors in fifth, though there is a six-points difference between the two clubs.

And the home side are hoping that new signing Marcus Carver, drafted in on loan from League Two club Accrington Stanley in the face of opposition from other rival clubs, will continue his goal-grabbing form.

Carver netted on his debut against Stafford Rangers in the 2-2 draw, while bagging a brace on Tuesday when the Coasters beat Nelson 3-2 in the FA Challenge Trophy.

Prior to agreeing a one-month loan spell to Kellamergh Park, Carver had been on loan to Barrow, with the Conference North club keen to keep him for a further spell.

Carver said: “I had spoken to (manager) Dave Challinor all week and he told me about the club’s ambitions of where they want to be in the future.

“Obviously, I want to be part of something that wants to go forward.

“No disrespect to Barrow, the board didn’t put a new manager in place, and I said to them I’d happily stay but wanted the management situation sorted.

“I wanted to play somewhere where I am secure to play games.”

Carver continued: “It’s a step down from the level Accrington are at, but I’m not playing games there.

“I just want to play more games and see where it goes.” Carver told the AFC Fylde website.

The initial loan spell is for a month, but is likely to be extended for the rest of the season, providing both parties are in agreement.