PREVIEW: AFC Fylde (H)

After the disappointing postponement due to snow and ice on Saturday, it’s fingers crossed that the game can go ahead although concerns over the state of the pitch mean that there will be an inspection on Tuesday lunch-time.

The winners of the tie will host the winners of the Carshalton Athletic v Barnet replay in the quarter final of non-league’s most prestigious knock-out competition.

The Rams are in fine form. Having famously knocked out higher league opposition Weymouth on the south coast in the last round, the two subsequent league games have seen the team victorious by the high margins of 5-0 and 6-0, and although the opponents are from the top tier of non-league football, the team will be relishing the challenge.

And quite a challenge it will be. AFC Fylde are currently riding high in the National League as they chase the target set by owner David Haythornthwaite when he took over the then-named Kirkham and Wesham in 2007, of reaching the Football League by 2022.

Many scoffed at the suggestion, but they now have three years to gain that final promotion to lead them into the EFL, after racing through the leagues from the early days of the West Lancs League.

The odds are very much in favour of the visitors to the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium, but cup football has a habit of producing shock results.

Can this be one of them?

We’ll have to wait and see and hope that the town of Ramsbottom gets behind it’s local side.

If the tie is level after 90 minutes, there will be a replay at AFC Fylde the following Tuesday.