The Blackpool Gazette‘s Sports Editor Andy Moore caught up with Fylde Head Coach Warren Spragg in midweek.
On Bishop’s Stortford: “They have had a good, consistent season, so it will be difficult but we are looking forward to the game after a good, challenging session on Tuesday.”
Fylde could be without Dave Fairbrother and James Bailey due to injury with Spragg hoping winger Bailey’s knee problem has not ended his season early.
But players who featured in Lancs U20s 70-7 win over Bucks came through unscathed.
Spragg said: “Luckily Lancashire are so good the other side couldn’t lay a hand on them.
“I don’t think this competition should be played until the end of the season but I’m really pleased for the players. I want playing for Fylde to give them that opportunity to play for their county or the North of England.”
Regarding latest group of re-signed player: when asked about Grimes coming back better from a stint in New Zealand: “Tom had a tricky time at Blaydon and then a difficult start to the season here but, hopefully, the opportunity in New Zealand has helped him to tidy up the areas of his game he needed to work on.”
Spragg hinted that more new deals for current players would be confirmed before new arrivals are announced.
He added: “We do have some new signings confirmed and we are looking at some who haven’t played at National League level before. There are a few from levels five or six who are looking to challenge themselves at a higher level.
“There are still one or two positions where we are light. Hopefully we can get those sorted in the coming weeks, though there is no massive urgency.”