Flit hails winning Magpies

Dale Whitham bagged a goal against Frickley Athletic

Dale Whitham bagged a goal against Frickley Athletic

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GARRY Flitcroft hailed his side’s ‘winning mentality’ as they prepare to face FC United in front of an expected bumper crowd at Victory Park tomorrow.

Chorley are five points clear at the top of the NPL Premier Division table and have a game in hand on second-placed Skelmersdale United.

And Flitcroft believes the way the Magpies ground out a 2-0 victory over a battling Frickley side on Tuesday night was the sign of true champions.

He said: “We are in the driving seat at the moment and we proved on Tuesday that we can battle away with anybody in this league.

“Frickley had their battlers and we matched them. I’m glad we are showing that extra quality to go on and win games.

“Victories against teams such as Frickley are vital when making a title challenge.

“I said to the lads on Tuesday night all we can do is keep picking points up and that needs to continue tomorrow.”

Chorley are unbeaten in their last eight matches and have won their last four on the bounce after losing to Blyth Spartans.

But Flitcroft is concerned that the recent weather has taken its toll on the Victory Park pitch and may affect their style of play against the Mancunians.

He said: “Tomorrow will be a different sort of game compared to the game against Frickley.

“The pitch on Tuesday night didn’t really allow us to play the football we wanted to.

“But it will be the same again on Saturday and it will be a leveller with the pitch.

“FC United are a side that like to play football and so are we. We’ve seen with the weather we’ve had that it’s left the pitch in a poor condition, so sometimes we do have to play percentage football.”

FC United are expected to bring a large travelling support and Flitcroft belives his men will relish the atmosphere.

He said: “The crowd will play a huge part tomorrow – they will be massive for us.

“They’ve got behind us in recent weeks and they turned out in the cold on Tuesday night.

“So I’m hoping for a big crowd and I definitely think they will have an impact – everybody at the club appreciates their support.”

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, AFC Fylde will aim to make it nine wins on the spin tomorrow when they travel to Ashton United tomorrow.

l Southport are at home to Salisbury in the Conference Premier.

l Former Preston striker 
Lee Ashcroft has left his job as Northwich Victoria manager by mutual consent.