The postponement of AFC Fylde’s much-delayed FA Trophy tie with Skelmersdale did have its up-side as the Coasters prepared for a trip to Gainsborough Trinity in National League North tomorrow.
It has given a number of players the chance to recover from injury and illness.
Danny Lloyd is hopefully on the mend after a dead leg in the 1-0 win over Chorley, while Richie Baker would probably not have been able to play on Tuesday night against Skem because of a hamstring injury.
Tom Hannigan, only recently returned to action, could have struggled to play in two matches in a short space of time after appearing in the 1-0 win at home to Chorley last Saturday.
Dominic Collins and Danny Rowe have also been given more time to recover from colds/chest infections.
Brad Barnes is back in full training. He had been absent of late after his new-born baby had a spell in hospital, but mum and child are now happily back home.
Fylde are also monitoring Matty Hughes’ knee injury.
Tomorrow’s rivals Gainsborough have had a mixed festive period.
On Boxing Day, they consolidated their impressive home form with a 2-0 win over North Ferriby United.
In the return fixture on Saturday, Gainsborough lost 4-0. Sandwiched between was a 1-0 loss at Boston.
Gainsborough are likely to include striker Kane Richards, a recent recruit from Chester City who has joined Trinity on a month’s loan. Richards is a former junior with Derby County.
The Trophy first-round replay at Skelmersdale has been confirmed for Monday, with the possibility of playing on Wednesday if conditions fail to improve by the start of next week.
There is even a suggestion of switching to a neutral venue to ensure the tie is played in time for the second round a week tomorrow, when the winners are due to visit Eastbourne Borough.
Challinor said: “If the two teams agree to it, an FA Trophy tie can be finished on the night.
“Maybe with hindsight that is what should have happened in the first match (a 4-4 draw at Kellamergh Park on December 15).