Magpies aim to stretch good run

Chorley boss Garry Flitcroft

Chorley boss Garry Flitcroft

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Chorley hit the road for the long journey to Gloucester City this weekend as they look to cement their place in the Conference North play-offs.

The Magpies take an eight-game unbeaten run down the M5, seven of those coming in league action.

Four points were bagged in the two Easter matches, a crazy 4-3 win at FA Trophy winners North Ferriby followed up with a goalless draw against leaders Barrow.

For much of the second half of the Barrow game they had the numerical advantage after the visitors had Paddy Lacey sent off for appearing to stamp on Harry Winter.

Magpies boss Garry Flitcroft said: “ I felt Barrow came for a draw, they went big and physical against us.

“There were not many chances in the game but I felt we had the two better chances through Aaron Burns and Dale Whitham.

“I didn’t see the red card but I felt, from my players’ reaction, that they did think it was a sending off and the referee was right on it.

“Even with 10 men, we felt the extra day’s rest probably suited them – the two lads we had up front in Aaron Burns and Josh Hine weren’t quite firing and they just looked a little bit tired.

“We went 4-4-2 in the second half but even when we got the ball in good areas up top, I felt Burns and Hine weren’t their lively selves and I think Saturday’s game against North Ferriby took it out of them.

“I expected three points against Barrow if I’m being honest – the form we have been in, I felt we would be strong and win,

“If Burns had scored earlier on we could have won, but the draw was a good point and they are a strong outfit.

“The dressing room is great at the moment and it’s another point on the board.

“We’ve just got to keep picking up points and make sure we cement the spot we want. We will go to Gloucester in good heart. We’ve got to concentrate on ourselves and getting the victory – it’s important we finish as strong as we can.”

James Dean and Chris Almond, who missed the Barrow game through injury, are expected to return against Gloucester.

Chorley have three games left – Saturday’s trip, followed by a visit to Guiseley next weekend. They then finish off with a home fixture against Solihull Moors.