Fylde’s Jones calls for realistic targets

Henry Jones celebrates
Henry Jones celebrates

AFC Fylde midfielder Henry Jones goes into the Coasters’ game against Maidenhead United tonight by claiming a top-half finish would constitute a good season.

Dave Challinor’s players continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 3-3 draw against Ebbsfleet United on Saturday.

That was their third stalemate from as many matches so far, following on from a point apiece against Boreham Wood and Chester.

Jones added: “We have to be realistic as a team when it comes to our targets. If we can finish in the top half then I think everyone would class that as a good season.

“However, we are ambitious and hopefully we will also push for the play-offs, but as I say, we are a new team and we have to take it game by game and finish as high as we possibly can come the end of the season.

“I think we could have turned two of the three draws so far this campaign into wins.

“We have to learn from this and take it into the next few games. We are a new team in this league and it’s a new experience for a lot of us so we have to take these lessons on board.

“I think this evening against Maidenhead will be a similar test. All the games in this league are difficult and there won’t be many teams that you can just roll over.

“That was proved on Saturday. Even though we went two goals up, they just kept on fighting until the end and got themselves something from the game.”

Last Saturday’s draw at Stonebridge Road saw Jones score his first goal for the club after his summer move from Bangor City.

However, a last-gasp equaliser denied the Coasters their first victory of the new National League season and Jones was disappointed his goal didn’t earn Fylde all three points.

Jones said: “I was obviously delighted to get my first goal but we were a bit disappointed because if you score three goals away from home then you expect to win the game.

“To concede a late goal in the way that we did made for a very frustrated changing room afterwards.

“We looked very good going forward, especially in the first half and we tore them open time and time again.

“We should have scored more but three should have been enough anyway.

“If you look at the balance of the game and the chances for both sides then we deserved to win.”