AFC Fylde star Bohan Dixon is relishing his ‘new’ role in the side after his impressive display in the 4-1 victory over Darlington on Saturday.

The Coasters midfielder has been used primarily out wide this season, however he ran the show from a central position at the weekend, winning the penalty that put the icing on the cake for Fylde.

Dixon now hopes he has done enough to hold on to his favoured position for the season’s finale.

Dixon said: “To be honest it is my natural position. I’ve not played there for a long time and I really enjoyed it. It’s been a few months since I started in that role.

“I’ve come off the bench and played there in spells but that’s my position. However, it’s not all about me so I’ve kept my head down and done a job for the team and for the manager.

“I’ve played a lot on the right and the left but I prefer the middle. Once I had my chance to play there, I knew in my head that I had to prove to the manager and everyone that that is my best position. I think I did that.

“At the end of the day, I just want to play games. You get older every year and I just really want to play games. That’s what I’m here for. To be honest, I don’t like being on the bench. I play most games anyway but I want to be playing 90 minutes in every game.”

Dixon was one of several candidates for the man of the match accolade last weekend against the Quakers and believes it was the best overall team performance of the season.

“I think that was the best we’ve played all season,” added Dixon. “We were beaten by Nuneaton and we needed a massive reaction.

“This is a very hard league to win and this is the second year that I’ve been in it with Fylde. You can think about different performances and results in different ways but we’ve had a few tough games recently.

“We wanted a minimum of two points from the Kidderminster and Stockport games as well as beating Nuneaton, which unfortunately didn’t happen.

“We then knew that we had to win against Darlington and I think, because we knew we had to win, we stuck together and got it. When you stick together, work together and compete, they are the kind of results you can get.

“We knew that Kidderminster were losing from the crowd’s reaction whilst we were playing. It was a lift and when we got into the changing rooms we were buzzing.

“Not really because Kiddy had lost, but because we had won and the way we won. Kiddy losing was massive but as long as we win, we’re not really bothered about the teams behind us.”

The Coasters travel to Stalybridge Celtic this weekend as they look to strengthen their grip on top spot in the National League North and Dixon is not expecting an easy ride against his former club.

“Teams at the bottom of the league can be just as good as teams at the top of the league on their day. When they are fighting to stay in the league it makes them difficult to play against.

“It’s not going to be an easy game. They won at Alfreton on Tuesday night so they’ll have a lot of confidence, but we are going there to win.

“I’m just going to try and play how I played against Darlington. I want to score because I’d set a target of ten for the season and I’m only on six.”