AFC Fylde vs Nuneaton Town
Saturday 19th March, 2016 (k/o 3pm)
National League North
The Coasters will hoping to make it a remarkable fourth league victory on the spin when they host fellow promotion hopefuls Nuneaton Town this weekend.
Dave Challinor’s side have enjoyed a real upturn in form since the two clubs met earlier this month, winning three consecutive matches.
Fylde comfortably beat Boston United 5-2 the weekend before last and followed up with a 2-1 victory over struggling Corby Town four days later.
Last Saturday brought about one of the most important results of the season so far as the Coasters came away from FC United of Manchester with all three points.
Captain Tom Hannigan opened the scoring before Danny Rowe rifled home the second, decisive goal. Victory at Broadhurst Park saw Fylde move up into second in the league, nine points behind Solihull Moors, with a game in hand following the table topper’s defeat in midweek to FC United.
Early season league leaders Nuneaton Town are currently in fifth place in the NLN with Boston United and Tamworth both ready to steal their play-off spot if they were to slip up at Kellamergh Park on Saturday.
Boro have won just twice in their last eight outings, suffering back-to-back defeats in the last two. Their season run-in is decent and their trip to Boston a month from now could prove pivotal in the race for promotion.
Fylde were held to a 1-1 draw away at Nuneaton just three weeks ago. The hosts were reduced to 10 men early in the match and Rowe took advantage heading the Coasters into the lead. However, Elliott Whitehouse drew Nuneaton level moments after the break and they held on for a point.
Attacking midfielder Whitehouse is Boro’s top scorer this term, following the departure of Aaron Williams, with 11 goals, whilst Coasters striker Rowe leads the way with an incredible 31 strikes to his name.
Challinor is hoping to have a fully fit squad to pick from this weekend. Midfielders Bohan Dixon and Richie Baker both picked up suspensions in the last home match against Corby, but their bans don’t kick in until the visit of Bradford Park Avenue next weekend.
National League North Fixtures:
AFC Fylde v Nuneaton Town
AFC Telford Utd v Corby Town
Alfreton Town v FC United Of Manchester
Boston United v North Ferriby United
Bradford Park Avenue v Tamworth
Chorley v Curzon Ashton
Gloucester City v Solihull Moors
Hednesford Town v Stockport County
Lowestoft Town v Gainsborough Trinity
Stalybridge Celtic v Brackley Town
Worcester City v Harrogate Town
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