Garry’s feeling upbeat

Chorley FC boss Garry Flitcroft
Chorley FC boss Garry Flitcroft
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Chorley manager Garry Flitcroft is still confident his men can finish in a play-off spot this season in the Conference North.

The Magpies dropped out of the top five for the first time in months on Saturday when they were beaten 2-1 away at Hednesford Town.

However, Flitcroft’s men are still in a great position – they sit just two points behind fifth-placed Solihull Moors with several games in hand.

And with no other league fixture taking place, Chorley have a great chance of moving back inside the play-off zone with victory over Leamington at Victory Park tonight.

“I’m not downbeat about Saturday’s result,” said Flitcroft.

“We’ve got a lot of games in hand and we are still up there.

“We’ve had a great season so far and if we can win two or three, we will be right back in the play-off spots.

“I think it’s ideal that we are going to be playing quite a few games in quick succession.

“When you are on the receiving end of a defeat like that you want to get back out there and play your next game and tonight cannot come quick enough.

“We have Leamington tonight and Gainsborough Trinity on Saturday.

“They are two good home games for us – both of those teams have been going well, but our home form has been very good and we look forward to taking them on.”

Meanwhile, AFC Fylde’s twice postponed FA Trophy second round encounter against AFC Telford United at Kellamergh Park will – barring any unexpected weather concerns – go-ahead tonight.

Officials at the club have been working around the clock to ensure the pitch is playable after Saturday’s game, which saw the Coasters maintain their five-point lead at the top of the Conference North with victory over Oxford City.

In the Conference Premier, Southport will look to put more daylight between thermselves and the relegation zone when they host Braintree.