Cup Ties

IT would not be unreasonable to suggest that AFC Fylde would be unknown quantity to many of the Green Army - but not for manager John Sheridan.

When the Pilgrims were drawn to play Vanarama Conference North leaders Fylde in the first round of this season's FA Cup, John was not someone who had to reach for the atlas or an Internet search engine of his choosing. 

Through a quirk of fate and a bit of extra preparation, the John is aware of the test Argyle will face at Home Park on the weekend of November 7/8/9, when the Coasters come to town. 

"Funnily enough, my best mate's son, Bradley Barnes, plays for them," said John. 

"He thinks he might be suspended for the game, though, which is a bit of a sickener.

"It's funny how these things work out. I had Darren [chief scout and brother, Darren Sheridan] watch them a couple of weeks ago and he said they were very good."

Despite Fylde's position two divisions below Argyle, John is certain not to take them lightly. That said, he has declared himself content with how the draw has worked out. 

"We wanted a home draw, and we that's what we got, so I'm pleased with that," he said. 

"We will fully respect them. They are going really well and will prepare for a very tough game, but we are at home against a non-league team and we expect to win our home games."