Magpies look to maintain good start

Chorley manager Garry Flitcroft
Chorley manager Garry Flitcroft
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Chorley will be looking to keep up their solid start to life in Conference North this weekend.

The Magpies are unbeaten in their first three games since promotion, beating Colwyn Bay and drawing against Lowestoft and Oxford City.

They have two matches in three days coming up, playing host to Stalybridge Celtic at Victory Park tomorrow.

Then on Monday teatime they travel to Cumbria to face Barrow, the clash having a 6.30pm kick-off.

Should Chorley come out of the double header with a decent haul of points, it would make for an extremely satisfying start in the higher division.

The goalless draw at Oxford was achieved despite going down to 10 men after a red card for Harry Winter, who was deemed the last defender when a home player burst through on goal.

Magpies boss Garry Flitcroft said: “I though that Harry did get a nick on the ball.

“He was on the wrong side of the defender and it was a silly mistake which led to the chance.

“But we showed togetherness once we were reduced to 10 men – we were prepared to dig in for each other.”

Also in Conference North, AFC Fylde will be looking to get back to winning ways.

They host Guiseley at Kellamergh Park tomorrow, the game coming following back-to-back defeats to Lowestoft and Stalybridge.

It will be a tough test for Dave Challinor’s men, with Guiseley top of the table after winning their first three games.

The clash will see Coasters midfielder Michael Potts face his former club, the Preston-based player having played for Guiseley last season.

On Monday afternoon, AFC Fylde make the trip to Colwyn Bay.

Meanwhile, in the Conference Premier, Southport are still looking for their first league victory of the season under new boss Martin Foyle.

They have two chances to change that this weekend, with a home game against Altrinch am tomorrow.

Then on Monday, they visit AFC Telford who are managed by former Port boss Liam Watson.

Foyle, who has allowed Chris Lynch to join FC United on loan, said: “The next few games will be against sides we will have a realistic chances of picking up points against.”