AFC Fylde boss Dave Challinor insists he has no hard feelings ahead of this weekend’s National League Play-Off final.

The Coasters fell at the first play-off hurdle a week ago at Boreham Wood, whilst their opponents have since seen off Sutton United and are set to face Tranmere Rovers at Wembley for a place in League Two.

Whilst admitting it was an opportunity missed, former Tranmere star Challinor holds no resentment  towards the two finalists.

Challinor said: “You get as far as you deserve to. We didn’t deserve to reach the final, so I’ve no bitterness towards it. 

“Tranmere are a club that are close to me, because I started out there and I still live around the corner so I always want them to do well.

“In all honesty though, it makes no real difference to me who wins. Luke (Garrard) has done really well at Boreham Wood and he was the first manager I came across at this level back in August. We have kept in touch and I wish him well.

“If it was a club somewhere that wasn’t great to visit or miles away, perhaps I would prefer to get rid of that team, but Prenton Park is a fantastic stadium to visit and the pitch is always immaculate at Boreham Wood. 

“It would be great to be involved in the final ourselves but that isn’t the case so I have no strong feelings either way.

“It was an opportunity but that has passed us by and our focus is now solely on next season.”