AFC Fylde boss Dave Challinor believes his side were in full control during yesterday’s 2-1 victory over Gateshead.

Danny Rowe’s first-half brace lifted the Coasters back into the National League play-off places and Challinor insists it was a ‘very good day’ for his promotion hopefuls.

Challinor said: “It was a really good first half performance and we could have easily been further ahead. We should have probably scored twice before we even got the opener.

“It was pleasing to go in at the break two goals ahead and we didn’t want to take our foot off the gas. 

“We knew that we could cause them problems by getting into certain areas and that proved to be the case. 

“I had hoped to get a bit more from the possession that we had in the second half but I thought we managed the game really well.

“Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t feel under pressure at any point, but I think we were a little safe at times in the second half. 

“We had them at arm’s length all afternoon and the only frustration was conceding with the last kick of the game. 

“However, that was the only slight disappointment on what was a very good day for us.

“The aim is the play-offs and performances and results like this puts us in a good place to go for it. We have to take it a game at a time and see what happens, but the signs are there that we can do it.”