Magpies wait on weather

Chorley boss Garry Flitcroft
Chorley boss Garry Flitcroft
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Chorley will be hoping to beat the weather as well as their opponents tonight when they travel to Stalybridge Celtic.

The Magpies were left frustrated once again at the weekend as their scheduled fixture in the Conference North against Guiseley at Victory Park fell foul of the freezing temperatures.

It all means that Garry Flitcroft’s men have only managed to play three league matches in 2015 and have played the fewest number of games – bar Bradford Park Avenue – in the entire division.

The fixture pile-up they face over the remainder of the season could seriously hinder their promotion hopes.

There is a question mark over whether tonight’s encounter will go ahead, with snow still on the pitch at Stalybridge’s Bower Fold ground yesterday.

Meanwhile, Chorley have been rocked by the news that midfielder Tom Baker has been forced to retire from the game through injury.

The cultured ball player has been out of the game for nearly 18 months after rupturing his cruciate knee ligaments.

After an operation and a number of aborted comebacks, Baker was informed by his surgeon that he would require further surgery and even then there were no guarantees that the outcome would be a success.

“I was given the option to either have another operation, but have no guarantee of anything changing, or retiring,” Baker said.

“I picked the latter, although it’s something I’ve had to think long and hard about.”

AFC Fylde are also in action tonight in the Conference North.

The Coasters could move back above Barrow at the top of the table if they were to get the better of play-off hopefuls Guiseley away from home.

Like Chorley, Fylde saw their scheduled weekend game against Hednesford Town at Keys Park postponed due to a frozen pitch.

Southport are in desperate need of all three points this evening when they host Eastleigh in the Conference Premier.

The Sandgrounders are just one point off the relegation zone after slipping to a 4-2 defeat away at fellow strugglers Alfreton Town.