Manager Dave Challinor was delighted with his side’s 2-1 victory over Corby Town – a result that saw AFC Fylde move top of the National League North.

A brace from Richie Baker sealed the points for the Coasters and, despite a nervy end to the game, Challinor was impressed with the professional display.

“It’s a great result for us,” said Challinor. “We got the three points, which was very important considering how many cup matches we have had recently. It was a really professional performance.

“We came here with everything to lose as I think most people would have expected us to win the game easily, but we knew it wasn’t going to be anywhere near that simple.

“In my opinion, Corby are in a false position. They have had a tough run, but they have kept going and showed a lot of spirit.

“We created two or three good chances in the first half, with some quality crosses into the box and we were disappointed not to have taken at least one of them.

“However, I thought we were fantastic at the start of the second-half and went a couple of goals ahead to take the pressure off.

“We eased up slightly towards the end, invited some pressure and let them back into the game. Then we had to work harder than we should have had to see the game out.  

“Perhaps 15 years ago our first goal might have been off-side, but in no way were any of our lads interfering with play when Richie’s shot came in. There is no question it was a legitimate goal as far as I’m concerned and thankfully the referee came to the same conclusion.

“It makes the result all the sweeter that we are now top of the league. It is important that cup games don’t affect our league form and we are pleased that we haven’t let that happen.

“We were in a similar situation last year, but we didn’t manage to make it over the line. So as long as we are up there towards the end of the season, then hopefully we can go one better this time around.”