Jim Bentley’s case: support AFC Fylde through ‘sticky spell’


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AFC Fylde 1 Chorley 2: Derby defeat for Coasters despite Ben Tollit strike

An injured Fylde has lost his last three league and Cup games and heads to Chester 48 hours after a 2-1 derby loss to Chorley at Mill Farm.

The Coasters hosted captain Alex Whitmore and seasoned midfielder Danny Philliskirk, but lost Luke Joyce to half-time injury.

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Mill Farm’s new north stand was opened to Fylde supporters on Boxing Day, despite seeing their side’s first league loss at home for almost 22 months.

Liam Nolan had been injured in the FA Trophy loss the previous weekend to Solihull Moors, then full-back Luke Conlan broke down in training last week. And Nick Haughton ended the Boxing Day game with an ankle kick that requires evaluation.

The Bentley manager said of the injuries: “I’ve never seen anything like it, but if you feel sorry for yourselves, there is always someone waiting to put your shoes on.

“Chorley smelled blood and invaded our young back line. It helps to have your more experienced players available, but you need to arm yourself, roll up your sleeves, and get out of combat. We didn’t do that in the first half.

“We stutter by the minute and fall below that fine line of demarcation. We gave it our all and the guys are really into it. It is time to support them and prepare them.

“Chester has a new manager (Steve Watson) and will think there is no better time to play Fylde, so we need everyone to support the guys we have to lead us through this little spell. Sticky. Even if you’re Man City or Liverpool, you’ll have sticky spells in a season. “

Bentley felt his team were denied two net penalties, but admitted Chorley was a worthy Boxing Day derby winner for the second year in a row.

He added: “The game was lost in the first half. We have a lot of young guys at the club right now and I think Chorley took full advantage of that.

“There was a bit more cruelty and craftsmanship, and we looked pretty vulnerable and inexperienced. We choked a bit for periods in the first half.

“We made too many mistakes and weren’t strong enough defensively. Chorley works extremely hard on sets and is one of the best in the division. We were beaten by them last season and we have it again, when we just cut the back stick and didn’t have the first contact.

“We reacted well in the second half, when we had more ball and more opportunities, and we got the goal thanks to Ben Tollit.

“It was great to see our new booth open and two good groups of supporters both behind their team. I don’t think we deserved to lose, but if you’re a Fylde person it’s not a good afternoon.

But Bentley is well aware that Fylde has no time to feel sorry for himself as he prepares to face a Chester side who come in 16th after winning two of three games this month.

He added: “With two full-backs and a 19-year-old goaltender and a 20-year-old center-half, it’s probably too much all at once, but they have to learn quickly.

“I thought Philly was great when he came in and that was a real plus, but it’s Monday for a roster count and we’ll assess where we are, although there are probably more players in the game. treatment room and not available to those who are.

“We have to stop this tough little race we’re in every way we can, get something out of Chester’s game and hopefully get revenge on Chorley in the second game on Sunday.”

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