‘Monster’ match is perfect for Flitcroft

Chorley's  Andy Russell wins in the air against Bardford Park Avenue last Saturday.
Chorley's Andy Russell wins in the air against Bardford Park Avenue last Saturday.
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Chorley’s NPL Premier Division semi-final meeting with FC United of Manchester at Victory Park tomorrow has been labelled a ‘monster match’ by manager Garry Flitcroft.

The Magpies are just two games away from sealing a second successive promotion.

Victory tomorrow will see Chorley progress to a the final, where they are guaranteed to play at home against either Bradford Park Avenue or Hednesford Town.

There has been a certain amount of confusion this week as the club didn’t know who they would be facing in tomorrow’s semi-final up until Wednesday.

But with second-placed Northwich Victoria’s relegation to the NPL First Division North ratified, after they were found guilty of contravening a number of financial rules and regulations, sixth-placed FC United will take their place in the season end play-offs.

And Flitcroft feels a meeting against the Red Rebels suits his team fine.

He told the Evening Post: “We are well pleased to have them in a way.

“They have got a fantastic fan base, so there’s going to be a full house at Victory Park tomorrow.

“There’s going to be nearly 3,000 fans at the ground which is just going to be brilliant.

“FC United are a good side. They have got a lot of pace in their team, but we took four points off them this season.

“We have got a home tie and, should we progress to the final, we will be at home in that as well so we’re looking at winning a second successive promotion.

“It’s been a fantastic season for us especially after all the financial problems we have had. I told the lads after we beat Bradford Park Avenue 3-1 on Saturday that I was proud of them.

“Playing in front of a big crowd tomorrow is just what they deserve. It’s going to be a monster game.”

Flitcroft reckons all the uncertainty surrounding their semi-final opponents has not had an adverse effect on his team’s preparations.

“It’s not affected us. We knew we had a home tie and I have watched Hednesford, Bradford and FC United many times over the last couple of months.

“We have only been beaten three times at home this season and I think that’s second only to Chester.

“We feel we can beat anybody. We have got some big match players in our team – we saw that in the Lancashire FA Trophy final.

“We had some big performances that day which saw us beat Kendal Town.”