Manager Dave Challinor is relishing AFC Fylde’s opening pre-season fixture against Preston North End.

The Coasters will host the Championship side on Saturday 14th July as they gear up for the new National League season.

Challinor said: “It’s really good to get a club of that size, and one so local, to visit us. It will be great to start our pre-season fixtures with a big game. 

“We are pleased to have a game that will attract a lot of attention and we are already really looking forward to it. 

“The pre-season games are never easy because the lads will have endured an intense few weeks leading up to the game.

“It’s a chance to put into practice what we have worked on in training and it’s the first step towards getting match fit.

“There is a balance during pre-season between getting prepared and wanting to get into that winning habit. At the end of the day, pre-season results make absolutely no difference come that first game in August. 

“Primarily I want everyone fighting fit, but if along the way you can win games too then great.

“I won’t read into results too much but don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t want to go through the summer getting hammered every game!

“If we were to play a top end Championship club like Preston in the FA Cup next season then they would be massive favourites. 

“However, in pre-season they will have their own agenda for the game regarding what they get out of it. They have players of real quality and the demands on fitness are far greater at that level. 

“We need to use the games to work out our strongest XI, but ultimately we need to get 20 players to a level where they are ready and the Preston game will be a part of that process.

“It’s a game a big club and hopefully there will be a lot of people coming to watch. It gives us a chance to show their fans that we are a decent team and gives our fans some hope and excitement for the season.”

Tickets for the Preston friendly (Saturday 14th June, kick-off 3pm) are priced as follows:

Adults: Seating £15 / Standing £12
Under 16s: £5