AFC Fylde manager Dave Challinor hailed his sides clinical nature as they secured a crucial 3-1 victory over FC United of Manchester.

The Coasters moved nine points clear at the top of the National League North and Challinor was delight to chalk off another win. 

“It was a great day with a brilliant crowd and a win. We were by no means at our best. We looked a little bit leggy but ultimately, we’ve won and the two-week break comes at a good time for us. It gives us time to recharge our batteries and really kick on again.

“It’s another one chalked off. It was a difficult game against a good team who can feel a little hard done by that they haven’t got more out of the game really. We’ve been clinical when we needed to be but in the second half we were put under pressure and we looked a little bit jaded.

“We knew how they would play and once we scored the first goal we always felt that by sitting in and bringing them on a little bit, we could have opportunities on the break.

“The potential risk of doing that is that you don’t get any end product and you leave yourself open the other way. The game got a little bit like that we didn’t take our chances.

“We will be able to work on things without the pressure of a game on the Saturday so we’ll enjoy training this week. Come Monday next week, we’ll be back at it with Curzon on the Saturday and then our catch-up game against Alfreton here on the Tuesday.”