AFC Fylde manager Dave Challinor is relishing the welcome return of league action ahead of his side’s trip to Corby Town tomorrow.

The Coasters have only played one league match in the last month, with the fixture list dominated with cup games of late.

However, Challinor is now focused the clash with a Corby side that have endured a difficult campaign since their promotion to the National League North in the summer. 

“Corby are new to the division, as we were last season, and the first couple of months are very important,” said Challinor.

“In fairness to them they got off to a decent start, but they have had a tough run of late.

“Although we are the away side, they probably go into the game as underdogs, with us looking to continue our winning run. But we are well aware that it’s not quite as simple as that.

“We watched them a few weeks ago and they were unfortunate to lose on the day against Boston. They have changed in terms of personnel since then, so they are not so much an unknown quantity, but a slightly different side to the one we saw.

“Having played so many cup games recently, it’s important that when it comes back around to the league, we continue to perform and pick up points.”

The Coasters are currently just one point off the top of the league, but the manager admits he is more interested in how the table looks at the end of the season.   

“I don’t think things settle down until after Christmas,” added Challinor. “That was certainly the case last year. You do keep an eye on the table and results elsewhere, but it’s more important that we are in and around the top of the league further into the season and ultimately that we are still up there come the end of April.”