AFC Fylde boss Dave Challinor was delighted to grind out three points against FC Halifax Town.

The Coasters closed the gap on the National League play-off places to just two points and whilst Challinor admitted his side weren’t at their best, he was pleased with the reaction after last weekend’s defeat at Dagenham & Redbridge. 

Challinor said: “The win wasn’t a vintage display, but it was a welcome three points. It’s a crucial period over Easter, with games coming thick and fast, so to beat a side that are in a period of transition and have been in a good run of form is pleasing.
“It’s vitally important that you bounce back from a defeat, and after the defeat at Dagenham and Redbridge last time out, we knew we had to put in a good performance.
“That’s one thing we are really good at it – bouncing back from a defeat. We’ve only had consecutive defeats once this season, so to win was really pleasing and it’ll give us great confidence ahead of the Barrow match on Easter Monday.
“It’s a difficult one, as people will look at our fixtures over Easter and say “they’ve got Halifax at home and Barrow away – two sides that are at the wrong end of the table – so it should be an easy six points.”
That’s far from the case, so to win on Friday was a great achievement, and hopefully we’ll take that into the Barrow test.”