Winter fire could torch Magpies’ title dream

Harry Winter (right) faces a four-match ban after a second red card this term
Harry Winter (right) faces a four-match ban after a second red card this term
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Chorley manager Garry Flitcroft has vowed to tackle fiery midfielder Harry Winter as the Chorley new boy starts a four-match ban for violent conduct.

Winter will begin his suspension tomorrow and will miss the Magpies’ Conference North home clash against Brackley Town.

Flitcroft’s men are aiming to bounce back from a shock 4-0 Bank Holiday Monday away defeat to Barrow but the Magpies boss is unable to call upon Winter.

Just five matches into the new campaign, the central midfielder added to his dismissal against Oxford with his second red card in three games against Barrow.

He was sent off in the 73rd minute when Chorley were 4-0 down after kicking out at a Barrow player and will serve a three-match ban for violent conduct.

Winter will also miss an extra game for picking up his second red of the season.

He will have to wait until Chorley’s Victory Park clash with Hednesford Town, on September 20, to play 
again.

Flitcroft signed Winter from local rivals AFC Fylde in the summer and said the player’s temperament needs to be worked on.

He said: “I’m disappointed with Harry. I have talked to him a couple times about his temper.

“And now it is something we have got to talk about again.

“If we want to challenge in this league and do well we need to keep 11 players on the pitch.

“We needed him in those last 20 minutes and I will be having words.”

Chorley were unbeaten in the Conference North before travelling to Cumbria.

Flitcroft believes the Barrow defeat is a blip and backed 
his men to fight back tomorrow.

He said: “Before Monday we have had a brilliant start. We conceded two goals in five minutes and in my opinion it wasn’t a penalty.

“We had a man sent off and we couldn’t get back into it.

“Up until Monday we have been playing really well,”

Jack Dorney, Adam Mather and Josh Hine should return to tomorrow’s squad after missing the last couple of matches due to injury.

Mark Ross is still expected to be out for the next three to four weeks and Chris Almond is a doubt for tomorrow’s clash after coming off in Monday’s defeat with a slight groin niggle.

Flitcroft believes playing two games in quick succession did not help the Magpies.

He said: “Barrow could afford to make changes, rest players and we haven’t got that luxury.

“They made eight changes on Monday to the side that played two days earlier on the Saturday.

“We have a big game tomorrow and we are aiming to recover quickly.”

Brackley have lost three of their first five games and were thrashed 4-0 by AFC Fylde 
on the opening day of the season.

And Flitcroft believes his side can beat anyone on their day.

He said: “Brackley had a great season last year but they have lost a few players.

“We have been playing well and we are playing at home.

“I am confident that we can get a result against anyone in this league and bounce back tomorrow.”

In the Conference Premier, Southport drew 3-3 with AFC Telford on Monday, and tomorrow they entertain Martin Allen’s Barnet 
side.