AFC Fylde manager Dave Challinor admits the first pre-season game was never going to be easy after two tough weeks on the training ground.

The Coasters were beaten 2-0 by Scottish side Stranraer but Challinor isn’t overly concerned with results just yet.

“I suppose these games are more about fitness and performance than results.

“It was a first 45 minutes for every one of the lads and they have all had a tough week. We expected some tired legs out there.

“We have looked at 12 potential signings during the game and it’s their job to prove their worth to us. We have so many lads who are not accustomed to how we play and it will take time. Not everyone is aware of what we expect and we will decide who is right for us and who isn’t. We aren’t going to jump in and sign people through panic.

“We are still going through a transitional period now that we are training every day and we have another hard week ahead of us.

“The game and result has probably suffered because of the intensity of training these past two weeks.

“Tuesday’s game against Rochdale presents a similar situation because we will train again during the day and then play in the evening.

“The game becomes almost an extension of the training session and results aren’t usually important at this stage.

“What is important is progress as we move through the games.”