AFC Fylde travel to Ashton Under Lyne tomorrow afternoon to play newly promoted Curzon Ashton looking for their third win on the bounce. (3pm)
The Coasters have won their last two league games starting with a hard fought 2-1 win over Bradford Park Avenue which was followed up by Josh Wilson’s last gasp winner at home to Lowestoft Town last weekend. These two results were of vital importance to the Coasters having let a 2-0 lead slip at home to Gainsborough Trinity in their previous game.
Fylde sit in sixth place in the National League North with ten points from their opening five games and could climb up to third place by 5pm on Saturday.
Tomorrow’s opponents Curzon Ashton will still be on a major high having secured back to back promotions to play in the National League North for the first time in their history. The “Nash” lie third bottom having picked up three draws and two defeats in their opening five games.
Despite sitting in the bottom three Curzon Ashton have been very competitive in their matches having only lost to Boston United and Harrogate Town by the odd goal in three and have held Corby Town, AFC Telford United and most recently Alfreton Town to draws, so the Coasters know it will not be an easy game.
Josh Langley missed the game with Lowestoft Town due to an ankle injury and is likely to be out for several weeks. This is the only injury problem for Dave Challinor’s men.
Sam Finley has started every game so far for the Coasters however Richie Baker was impressive in pre season and will be pushing for a start. Matty Hughes could make his first start for the Coasters after coming off the bench against both Bradford Park Avenue and Lowestoft Town. Dom Collins should be fully recovered from a dislocated finger picked up last week at Bradford Park Avenue and is expected to fill in for Josh Langley as he did against Lowestoft.
Dion Charles is the Coasters’ top scorer so far this season with three goals, whilst Curzon Ashton’s top scorer is Gary Burnett who also has three goals to his name.
One face which will be familiar to Coasters fans is midfielder Liam Tomsett. The ex Blackpool youngster spent last season with Fylde before moving to East Manchester in the summer. Other players to look out for in the Nash team are striker Ryan Brooke, who played 29 times for Oldham Athletic, and Connor Hampson, one of Curzon Ashton’s longest serving players who missed the whole of last season through injury and will want to impress this season.
If you can’t get to the game then you can follow live updates via the club’s official social media sites which will keep you up to date while every ball is kicked.
Minute by minute updates will be available up to the second on Twitter, while Facebook will have key updates and events plus you can interact with your fellow #Coasters fans.
Video previews and post-match interviews are available on You Tube and images will be also be added to our Instagram page so there is no excuse to miss out on the action, wherever you are!
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Following the game the club website will bring you the full match report and reaction to the action.
C’MON YOU COASTERS!!