Magpies out to show their worth

Garry Flitcroft

Garry Flitcroft

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It is crunch time for Chorley in their bid to secure a place in the Conference North play-offs.

The Magpies entertain fourth-placed Tamworth at Victory Park tomorrow knowing that victory will see them leapfrog the Lambs in the table.

In fact, only three points separate Chorley – in sixth spot – and third-placed Guiseley. Boston United occupy the last remaining play-off position with the same number of points as the Magpies.

Boss Garry Flitcroft has called on the club’s fans to really get behind his team tomorrow, which kicks off a run of three tough home fixtures.

“The fans really need to get behind us in our home games,” said Flitcroft.

“You can’t get any tougher home games now than Tamworth, Guiseley and Barrow in our next three games.

“But these are games my lads want to play in.”

With seven games left to play, Flitcroft believes his team have hit form at just the right time.

“We are full of confidence at the minute. We are the team which is in good form.

“One defeat in 11 is good going and Guiseley and Tamworth will see us coming up on their tails and they will know that we will be ready for these games.

“It’s a long, tough season, but my lads are buzzing. I think they deserve to get a play-off spot.

They go out and give me everything, every single game. When you have a team like that you have every chance of getting success.”

Chorley were 3-1 victors over Leamington on Tuesday, responding well after going a goal behind early on to score three times before the interval.

“We conceded a poor goal,” said Flitcroft. “Defensively, the defenders have got to defend a bit better.

“After that we scored three great goals and the game was all over by half-time.”

Chorley have been boosted by the news that defender Chris Doyle has agreed to remain at Victory Park until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old has spent the vast majority of the season on loan with the Magpies from Morecambe and will stay to help the club’s achieve its aim of promotion from the Conference North.

Meanwhile, Chris Simm has left Chorley to join Stalybridge Celtic.