AFC Fylde boss Dave Challinor believes Tuesday night’s postponement against Stockport County could have been a blessing in disguise.

The match at Edgeley Park was called off an hour before kick-off due to torrential rain but Challinor admits an added break could help his side.

“I suppose everything happens for a reason. There could’ve been worse timing. We’ve just gone from playing 50 minutes with ten men on Saturday so I suppose if you look at it that way, the game being called off may have turned out to be a blessing in disguise. You never know how things are going to go.

“The last thing that you want is weather affecting a game and dictating the outcome of a game. Once the weather has been bad, you almost prefer it to continue being bad and not make it a flip of a coin as to whether the game eventually goes ahead or not.

“There was no way that the game could’ve gone ahead so I suppose that it was an easy decision.

Of course, you prepare to go there and play a game and we’d have hoped to win the game. It is what it is. We’ve played a lot of games recently so it gives us a chance to have a bit of a break.  

“It doesn’t really change what we do at the weekend. Selection wise it just means that Sam Finley’s suspended which he would’ve been anyway.

“I suppose going into an FA Cup game, we have the luxury of being able to name seven substitutes. Whether it affects what team we go in with, probably not. We’ll go there and look to win the game, to keep our run going and Tuesday’s game won’t affect that at all.”