AFC Fylde manager Dave Challinor was delighted to celebrate five years in the job with convincing victory over Stalybridge Celtic.

The Coasters romped to a 5-0 win against the struggling side and Challinor hopes it marks the start of another unbeaten run.

“I suppose it’s quite fitting to win 5-0 and celebrate five years in charge this weekend. It was a brilliant performance, particularly in the first half. It’s always difficult mentally when you’re so comfortable in the second half, so to keep a clean sheet was great.

“Hopefully now this is the start of another run for us. We were disappointed to lose last weekend but we bounced back in really good fashion and won very comfortably. We’ll always strive for perfection and hopefully there’ll be a lot of success along the way.

“In the second half, we could’ve been better but it’s a win. It’s three points. It’s five goals. It’s a clean sheet. You can’t really ask for a whole lot more than that.

“We have lots of work to do and we’re short on numbers defensively in terms of what we’ve got in. There were some good things and some improvements but ultimately, we made the game easy for ourselves by the fact that we went and scored four goals in the first half.

“There were still signs in the second half of lapses in concentration and on another day, we could have conceded. We know we need to improve in that department but that’s not just the back four, that’s a collective thing. We know where we need to get better and we’ll strive to do that.”