AFC Fylde face huge FA Trophy second leg tie

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AFC Fylde manager Dave Challinor is hoping to lead his side to Wembley for a second time 11 years after the club’s first visit to the home of English football.

Stockport County were the visitors on Saturday in the first leg of the FA Trophy semi-final where the game finished goalless, leaving it all to play for this weekend when the Coasters visit Edgeley Park.

The Fylde chief was happy with a draw from the first leg considering the terrible weather conditions and says his side will prepare like normal, despite potentially being just 90 minutes away from Wembley.

AFC Fylde beat Lowestoft Town in the FA Vase final at Wembley in 2008.

It is the first time the Wesham-based club has reached the semi-finals of the FA Trophy.

“As we do with every game, the same things apply for us, we can talk through and show through analysis of games and reports we’ve had.

“Ultimately we’ve seen them in the flesh, I don’t think a massive amount changes to be honest in the way the two teams set up, and you’d think there’d be waves of attacks because of the shapes both teams play.

“Again, you think the weather can’t be any worse than it was today and it’ll give both sides a better opportunity to try to stamp how they want to play on the 90 minutes on Saturday.”

Ahead of the tie this Saturday, Challinor provided an update on right-back Arlen Birch who was substituted at half-time with a groin injury.

“For the last couple of weeks, he’s a had a slight groin injury and he’s been playing through it.

“As he’s turned and gone on the run he’s felt something and it’s just tightened up. We can’t really risk anything and we will see how he is.”

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