Challinor keeps it simple for Fylde: Win and we're in

Dave Challinor
Dave Challinor
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The maths are simple ... three points at Wrexham will guarantee AFC Fylde a play-off place in their debut National League season.

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Fylde may have slipped a spot to sixth due to Ebbsfleet’s 5-2 win at Gateshead last night, but three points in the final game at the Racecourse on Saturday lunchtime will at least keep the Coasters in that position.
And victory could lift Dave Challinor’s side to fourth or fifth, which would mean a home tie in the first round of the play-offs on Wednesday or Thursday next week.
A fine run of four consecutive victories saw the Coasters take the promotion places by storm, though one point from their last two matches has meant their quest to secure for a top-seven spot goes to the wire.
The Coasters could stay in the play-off zone with less than a win in Wales but that isn’t a risk their manager is willing to take.
Challinor, who has already masterminded three promotions during his six-year tenure, said: “We may need to win on Saturday, we might get away with a draw or we could even potentially lose and still get in the play-offs.
“Either way, at the start of the season –or even just eight weeks ago – I would have taken a one-off game to get in the play-offs.
“It’s like a dress rehearsal for us because it’s almost a play-off game of its own. If we don’t win, then there’s a chance our season could be over. It’s as simple as that.
“These type of games are the reason that we are involved in football and the big players have to step up. We need ours to do that if we are to have any chance of winning.
“The players face a challenge and I personally face a challenge as a manager. This week leading up to the game is a huge challenge for me, more so than the game itself.
“We have to put a plan in place and make sure that there are no grey areas when we arrive on Saturday. What we have to do needs to be black and white for the players.
“We are up against a very good team ut they are a team we have already beaten twice this season, so we know we can do it. Hopefully we get the result and set up a really high- profile game next week.”
Opponents Wrexham are not completely out of the play-off race but their chances are very slim – besides beating Fylde, the 10th-placed club would need several other results to go their way.