Ross hopes Mags can fly to the top

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Chorley defender Mark Ross is still eyeing automatic promotion.

he versatile defender hopes the Magpies can kick start another winning run against Gainsborough Trinity at Victory Park tomorrow.

The Magpies are seventh in the Conference North table, 20 points adrift of local rivals and league leaders AFC Fylde.

But Chorley have three games in hand after a stop-start Christmas period and Ross believes a run of games can help re-ignite their promotion dream.

He said: “Promotion is still the ultimate aim.

“A few people have said they will be happy with a top ten finish.

“But I don’t want that. I want a play-off final place at the minimum.

“I still think we can get to the top spot.

“I want to go up this season. I want to get another promotion.

“And I think we can kick start that push against Gainsborough tomorrow.”

The Holy Blues are 14th in the league and Ross is expecting a tough game.

He said: “It will always be a difficult game. It is all about the pitches at the moment and who is going to battle the hardest on the day.”

After a string of abandoned games Chorley were once again unable to play on Tuesday night due to a frozen pitch.

And Ross admitted the team is desperate to get back on the pitch and bounce back from their 2-1 defeat against Hednesford Town.

He said: “It is horrible not playing.

“Sometimes you can’t train because of the weather too and so we haven’t played together for quite a few days now.

“We are just trying to get a run of games together.

“When we do that our form will come back.

“Hopefully after Tuesday’s frozen pitch we won’t have any more called off again.

“I’m sick of not playing. You prepare the night before and then match day comes and it is called off. Then it is another four days until we play.

“I say that now but it could come back to bite me because I think we are going to be non-stop soon. I think we will be playing Saturday, Tuesday all the way up until March.”

Tom Smyth picked up an injury against Hednesford and will be out for a while.

But Chorley boss Garry Flitcroft is set to boost his squad in the next week with two new additions.

Ross said: “Tom is out for a while. I think we will be getting somebody in to replace him to bolster the defence.

“I’ve played in central defence a few times, as long as I’m playing I’m happy.”

Chorley could have been playing their Conference North rivals AFC Fylde in the FA Trophy tomorrow.

The Magpies lost their second round replay clash to FC United who will entertain Dave Challinor’s Fylde side.

But despite being down to the last 16 Fylde boss Challinor admitted his priority is still the league.

He said: “Ultimately the bigger picture for us is the league and I’m sure if you ask FC United the same question they’d say that themselves.”