Magpies’ cup win lets them party on

Chris Simm was on target for Chorley last weekend
Chris Simm was on target for Chorley last weekend
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There is nothing worse than going to a party and not being able to let your hair down fully.

Fortunately that is not a scenario which befell Chorley’s footballers on Saturday night as they enjoyed the annual club Christmas party.

The Magpies players had earmarked the date as the one to mark this year’s festivities, although they knew the party could have fallen flat depending on the outcome of their match away to Guiseley in the FA Trophy earlier that afternoon.

A defeat to the Yorkshiremen at the first-round stage of the competition would have left a bitter taste in the mouth as they quaffed on their champagne.

And if Garry Flitcroft’s men had only managed to draw against the Lions, it is likely the celebrations would have been a tad muted with a replay to prepare for the following Tuesday at Victory Park.

Happily neither of those events materialised at the weekend as the Magpies were able to party late into the evening, safe in the knowledge that they had booked their passage into the second round thanks to a terrific 2-0 victory.

Guiseley – who are one place above Chorley in third spot in the Conference North after a terrific run of six wins in their previous nine league games – were well beaten, courtesy of goals from Alex Mather and Chris Simm.

First-team coach Jamie Vermiglio said: “It was an absolutely brilliant performance by the lads on Saturday

“We had a few injuries ahead of the game so to come away with a 2-0 victory was terrific result.

“We went into that game knowing that Guiseley were going to be one of the strongest teams we have played this season.

“We are always confident going into games but we did really. We started on the front foot and there were a lot of big performances from the lads.

“It was great as well because it was our team night out on Saturday.

“We definitely did not want a replay on Tuesday else we probably would not have been able to go out.

“This night out was in Manchester, although we do vary them. So all in all it was a good win for us.”

The players should by now be fully recovered from last weekend’s exertions as they aim to make ground on the top three in the Conference North tomorrow away to Lowestoft Town.

The Magpies make the long trip to Suffolk seven points adrift of league leaders Barrow.

On paper, the match is one Flitcroft’s men will be expected to win as the Trawler Boys are struggling this season – just three points above the relegation zone.

“It’s a very long trip,” said Vermiglio, who has recently retired from playing after a long-standing back injury.

“The gaffer Garry Flitcroft needs to be quite organised when we have away games like these.

“I think the lads are setting off today at 11am in the morning so that they get there for an evening meal, swim, sauna and jacuzzi.

“It will be a nice relax for the lads after such a long journey and get them prepared for the game tomorrow.

“Unfortunately, on this occasion, I won’t be able to leave that early.

“But it’s a game we will be going down there to win. Lowestoft are not doing too well this season.”

Read the Big Interview with Vermiglio in Saturday’s LEP