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AFC Fylde Preview

Simon Weaver’s side will be desperate to bounce back from two straight defeats for the first time in the National League on Saturday as fellow promotion chasers AFC Fylde visit The CNG Stadium.

Despite defeat to Halifax, Weaver can take positives from the fact that the defeat was only his sides second of the season at The CNG Stadium, an impressive stat for a newly promoted side at the halfway point of the season.  


 
Centre back Callum Howe picked up his seventh goal of the campaign in his debut season at Town, making him the club’s second highest goal scorer, behind fellow summer signing Jack Muldoon who has hit the back of the net ten times.
 
Having impressed during their first season at National League level last term, AFC Fylde have emerged as serious promotion candidates once again in the 2018/19 season.

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The Coasters have enjoyed an impressive few years, winning promotion twice in four years to find themselves in the top tier of non-league football and looking to be playing in The Football League sooner rather than later.
 
They were qualifiers for the National League play-offs last season only to be beaten by Boreham Wood, but they have put together a strong first half to the new campaign and are once again inside the top seven, one place above Town on goal difference.
 
The man in the opposition dugout, Dave Challinor has done an exceptional job during his seven years at the helm and their solid defensive base is providing the perfect platform as they look to plot a route in to the EFL for the first time in the club’s history.
 
Challinor played in the Football League from 1994 until 2008 with Tranmere Rovers, Stockport County and Bury, and has seen his side lose just one of their last seven games.
 
Town and Fylde have faced off nine times in the past, with Fylde winning four of the ties, the teams coming to a stalemate four times and Harrogate wining once.
 
The most recent of the nine fixtures coming in August 2018, a 0-0 draw which was broadcast live on BT sport.
 
The Town defence will have to be wary of Fylde marksmen Danny Rowe, who is currently third in the National League scoring charts having found the net an impressive 16 times just after the half way mark for the season.
 
Preview by Isaac Martin