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FA Cup Match Preview: AFC Fylde

19 October 2018

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The Spireites head to the North West to face AFC Fylde in an FA Cup Fourth Round Qualifying tie on Saturday, kick-off 3pm. This is our big match preview for the game…

Tickets

Tickets are no longer on sale at the club shop, however, Fylde have a ticket system which allows travelling supporters to purchase tickets in advance.

Away supporters can now buy tickets online, print off at home or put on their mobile device, then just go straight to the turnstile on the day!

To purchase tickets, please visit www.afcfylde.co.uk, click on the tickets tab and follow the simple process.

Tickets will also be available to buy on the day from Fylde's Ticket Office.

Hospitality packages are available. Please see here for further details.

Tickets are priced as follows:

Adults
Seated: £12
Standing: £10

Juniors
Seated: £6 (in family blocks)
Standing: £4

 

Team News

Tom Denton is a doubt, nursing a knee injury he is “50/50,” "He'll have a fitness test and if he's not fit, Marc-Antoine Fortune is ready to come in," said Spireites boss Martin Allen. Joshua Kayode returned to Rotherham United earlier this week due to his loan being ended.

Levi Amantchi is in contention to be in the squad for the trip to the North West after signing a professional contract with the Spireites this week.

 

The Opposition

The Manager – Dave Challinor

As a player, Challinor enjoyed spells at Tranmere Rovers, Stockport County and Bury, before finishing his playing career at Colwyn Bay. He was then appointed manager of the North Wales club in May 2010, and in his first season guided them to promotion to the National League North. They also went on to win the North Wales Coast Cup that year.

After a successful spell on the North Wales coast, he moved to his current club Fylde in November 2011. He hit the ground running, and in his first season with the club, led them to the NPL First Division North championship. Within four years he has guided the club to a further two promotions to the National league.

He has also enjoyed success in the FA Cup, guiding Fylde to the first round in 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons. Last season they went one better, reaching the second round, before losing to League One Wigan, 3-2 in a replay.

 

Form

Chesterfield will face a stern test on Saturday as they face a Fylde side unbeaten in seven league games, their only defeat all season coming against National League leaders Salford City.

The Spireites found out first-hand how tough a side Fylde are having played them only two matchdays ago, in a tight 0-0 contest where chances were hard to come by. Chesterfield enjoyed plenty of possession but struggled to break Fylde down, Curtis Weston had the best chance meeting a Jerome Binnom-Williams free kick, unfortunately, he couldn’t steer his effort on target.

"I think they're the best team we've played so far this season. They were very good against us. It's going to be a very difficult game,” Allen said of Fylde.

 

One to watch - Joe Cardle

The left midfielder is Fylde’s second top goalscorer with two so far this season. In the 0-0 draw with Chesterfield, it was Cardle who had the best chance for the visitors, wriggling free to meet a pinpoint cross from a few yards out, but he sliced his effort over the crossbar.

The 31-year-old began his career at Port Vale, before moving to Scotland, playing for Airdrie United, Dunfermline Athletic, Raith Rovers and Ross County over ten years, before signing for his current club over the summer.

His most successful spells came with Dunfermline Athletic, wherein two spells between 2009–2013 and 2015–2018 he notched up a creditable 54 goals and 66 assists.

 

Head to head

This will only be the second time Chesterfield have played Saturday's opponents.  

 

From the dugout

Martin Allen: “Our commitment to the competition is 100 per cent. Anyone that's going to Fylde on Saturday will see that we prepared properly. We're going to pick our best team; there's no squad rotations for this one, that's for sure.”

He continued, “I think they're the best team we've played so far this season. They were very good against us. It's going to be a very difficult game, but it's the magic of the FA Cup, so in the FA Cup anything can happen.”  

 

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