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Match Preview: AFC Fylde

7 October 2019

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The Spireites will be aiming to get back to winning ways when they face AFC Fylde at Mill Farm on Tuesday night, kick-off 7:45pm. Here is our big match preview for the game....


AFC Fylde use an electronic ticket system that allows travelling supporters to purchase tickets in advance.

Courtesy of the new state-of-the-art ticketing system, away supporters can now buy tickets online, print off at home and go straight to the turnstile on the day!

Tickets can also be purchased on the day from the Ticket Office, although it is advised to buy in advance to prevent any potential delays/queuing.

Please note that free onsite parking at the stadium is available but limited. Once the free parking is full, the overflow carpark is available at £5 per car.

For those travelling by train, the ground is just a 10-minute walk from Kirkham station.

If you arrive early don’t miss the opportunity to have a drink in Bradleys Sports Bar located at the ground, recently voted the best sports bar in the UK, where both food and drinks are very competitively priced. See for more information.

For any enquiries please call AFC Fylde on 01772 598855 and ask for the ticket office.

Team News:

Goalkeeper coach Mark Crossley confirmed during Monday’s pre-match press conference that David Buchanan and Laurence Maguire won’t be able to feature, however, he stated that Anthony Gerrard has recovered from injury.

The Opposition:

Manager - Dave Challinor

As a player, Challinor had spells at Tranmere Rovers, Stockport County and Bury before finishing his playing career at Welsh club Colwyn Bay. He was then appointed manager in 2010 and led the North Wales side to the Vanarama National League North in the 2010/2011 season.

They also managed to get their hands on the North Wales Coast Cup that same year and Challinor won the individual accolade of manager of the month in March, April and May 2011.

After a successful spell at the club, he moved to current employers Fylde in 2011 and has had great success with the Lancashire club. In his first season, he guided them to the NPL First Division North Championship and was named Evo-Stik NPL Manager of the Year. The next year he guided Fylde to the play-offs of the NPL Premier Division, they were denied a place in the National League North after they lost to Hednesford Town.

Twelve months on, the club reached the play-offs and managed to go one better as they reached the National League North. They beat Ashton United on penalties as they reached the sixth tier of English football for the first time in their history.

The 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 season saw them have strong FA Cup runs before they were beaten by Millwall and Plymouth Argyle respectively. Fylde then achieved a third promotion under Challinor as they reached the National League and with promotion, they clinched the National League North title

In the 2017/18 season, Fylde reached round two of the FA Cup but were beaten by League One Wigan Athletic in a replay in extra-time. In their debut National League campaign, they reached the play-offs, however, they were eliminated by Boreham Wood in a 2-1 defeat. 

Last season they went all the way to the play-off final but were beaten by Salford City in a 3-0 defeat at Wembley Stadium. They returned to Wembley just eight days later for the FA Trophy final where they faced National League champions Leyton Orient. Danny Rowe’s strike on the hour mark was enough to see them lift the trophy for the first time.

The Coasters are currently in 19th position in the National League table.

One to Watch – Jordan Williams

Williams’ early career was spent playing non-league football with the likes of Burscough, Northwich Victoria and Barrow.

His move to the Football League came when Rochdale signed him in June 2017. He featured for the League One club on 19 occasions in his first season before he was loaned out to Lincoln City in January.

The forward was part of the Lincoln squad that made it to the EFL Trophy Final in 2018 but didn’t feature in the 1-0 victory as he was cup-tied.

AFC Fylde signed the 26-year-old in the summer after the expiration of his contract at Rochdale and has gone on to score five goals so far this campaign.

Head to Head:

The two sides have met on three occasions with the Spireites winning two and drawing one. Last time out it was a brilliantly taken goal from Marc-Antoine Fortune that was the difference at Mill Farm back in February.

From the dugout:

Mark Crossley: “They were excellent last season but they find themselves in a similar situation to us this season.

“They would have been expecting to be a lot higher up the table, so they are finding it tough as well.

“It’s going to be a battle tomorrow night, no doubt about it.”


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