Garry wary of Gingerbread bite

Garry Flitcroft

Garry Flitcroft

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Garry Flitcroft believes he has the recipe to foil the Gingerbreads as Chorley travel to Grantham Town tomorrow.

Chorley boss Flitcroft claims their recent encounter with Saturday’s opposition is the key to victory.

The Magpies beat Grantham 3-1 at Victory Park in January and travel to the South Kesteven Sports Stadium in a rich vein of
form.

Flitcroft said: “We really know how they play – it is fresh in my mind and so it should be an advantage.

“We already scouted them back in January and I still have my files.

“They will be looking for revenge but we are looking to beat them again and continue our winning streak.”

Since the sides last met, Chorley have knocked Skelmersdale off their perch at the top of the NPL Premier Division table. And the Magpies are sitting pretty at the top of the league with a five-point gap and two games in hand on second-placed Skem.

Grantham are 17th in the table but they beat Marine 3-1 at home in their last league match and Flitcroft is not taking anything for granted.

He said: “It will be a tough game. Their pitch has a poor surface and it won’t suit the way we play.

“We are coming to end of season and due to weather, the pitch is a leveller but we ground out a win against Frickley Athletic and we just need to keep on winning.”

Chorley have won their last four games in a row but were denied a chance to increase that tally as their match against FC United was called off last weekend.

It was the first game the Magpies have had to cancel at Victory Park this year and Flitcroft praised the groundstaff.

He said: “Preston North End’s groundsmen have worked really hard – they have battled the conditions week in, week out, to make the pitch playable.

“It is frustrating but I said to the chairman that we were lucky that the ground had held up for the other couple of games.

“We are still top of the league with two games in hand over Skelmersdale so it hasn’t affected our position.

“It is just frustrating for us and the fans, as we were expecting a bumper crowd.”

Josh Hine and Tom Baker are still long-term absentees.