The Coasters travel to Curzon Ashton on Tuesday evening, looking to bounce back from Saturday’s defeat at Hereford and progress into the third round of the FA Trophy.
The two sides met in the National League North just a fortnight ago, with Curzon Ashton running out 2-1 winners on the night. The Coasters had experienced midfielder, David Perkins, sent off after 38 minutes in that game, and Nick Chadwick is looking forward to heading back to the Tameside Stadium for a battle with eleven players on the field:
“We were unfortunate to have a man sent off early on when we last played Curzon [Ashton]. Generally, we were happy with the way that we played that day, albeit with ten men, so it will be good for us to have a go at them with eleven.
“We’re confident that we can cause them problems. We’re confident heading into the game.”
Fylde come into the fixture on the back of a 2-1 loss to Hereford at Edgar Street on Saturday, meanwhile Curzon Ashton were defeated 1-0 by table-toppers Gloucester City at home.
The Assistant Manager spoke to afcfylde.co.uk about the importance of bouncing back from that disappointment:
“Tuesday is all about us, bouncing back from getting beat at the weekend. We can discuss the opposition, but I’ll be more interested in the manner and approach of our players going into the game.
“It helps that we have a game so quickly after Saturday, and I think the players are glad of that.
“I haven’t had to let them know that we fell below the standards that we expect of them; the standards that the players have created for themselves. They’ve driven their own standards; they’ve set a precedent through their own performances, and they know more than anyone that they didn’t reach those levels at Hereford.
“They don’t need me to point out where they fell short. We have a really good, honest, group of players and they’ll be raring to go on Tuesday night I’m sure.”
For Fylde, the FA Trophy is an important competition in the club’s season, having lifted the trophy during the 2018/19 campaign with a 1-0 victory over Leyton Orient. The triumph secured their place in the history books, making them the first team ever to win both the FA Vase and FA Trophy.
“It’s a prestigious trophy – certainly at this level – and it is with great pride that the club won it two seasons ago.”, Chadwick said.
He added, “We want to win games of football and want to progress in every competition that we compete in. Our aim is to get that winning feeling back, whether it be in the league or in the trophy, and the motivation levels to go out and perform are really high.
“We’re all looking forward to the game, and hopefully we can get through to the next stage.”
Kick off at Tameside is 7:45 PM, and can be live streamed HERE.