IT HAS been an eventful week for Chorley – both on and off the pitch.
On Saturday, they battled to a 1-1 draw against NPL Premier Division play-off rivals Worksop Town.
But they then lost their grip on the Lancashire FA Trophy as Kendal Town – the team they beat in last season’s final at the Reebok Stadium – earned some revenge with a 2-1 victory at Parkside Road on Tuesday night.
Away from the action, the club has been hit by a burglary at Victory Park, with four televisions, playing kit and cans of beer stolen.
Magpies manager Garry Flitcroft has also transfer-listed midfielder Simon Garner.
The combative central midfielder, he joined the Magpies from FC Halifax Town in the summer and has also featured at left-back.
Tomorrow, Chorley have a chance to put all their troubles aside when they take on third-placed Ashton United at Hurst Cross.
Flitcroft is expected to be able to call upon fit-again right-back Keiran Walmsley, who has been sidelined for several months with a hernia.
He played against Kendal and was joined in the team by Tom Walker, who is also expected to feature tomorrow after a spell out injured.
Meanwhile, Kendal will be hoping their midweek cup win over the Magpies can kick-start their season in the league.
Lee Ashcroft’s men have won just two league games all season, but they can make that three tomorrow when they host Stocksbridge Park Steels.
In the First Division North, Lancaster City are in desperate search of some points after plummeting down the table in recent weeks.
The Dolly Blues have earned just one point from their past five matches and suffered a demoralising 2-0 defeat away at North West Counties outfit Padiham in the Lancashire FA Trophy on Wednesday night. That was on the back of a thumping 5-0 home defeat to Ramsbottom United at Giant Axe on Saturday.
City will hope they can turn their fortunes around when they travel to lowly Goole AFC tomorrow.
Third-placed Clitheroe will hope to maintain their lofty position tomorrow when they entertain Curzon Ashton at Shawbridge.
Burscough welcome Ossett Albion to Victoria Park, hoping to improve upon their current mid-table position.
Meanwhile, Southport manager Liam Watson has urged his men not to dwell on their thumping midweek home defeat.
The Sandgrounders were beaten 4-1 by high-fliers Wrexham at Haig Avenue on Tuesday night in the Conference Premier, despite leading at the interval.
The dismissal of Godfrey Poku shortly after half-time proved crucial as the Robins ran riot thereafter.
Watson said: “Obviously the sending-off affected the outcome of the match but it I’m not going to blame the ref.
“Godfrey’s got to look at himself and take responsibility. It was a stupid second challenge to go in for, especially after already being booked.
“From that point of view, he let us down but there have been many occasions when he has done a lot for the team, so I’m not going to jump up and down about it.
“What did happen when Godfrey went off was our discipline at set-pieces disappeared. But we can’t dwell on a result like we had on Tuesday, and we won’t dwell on it. It’s onwards and upwards from here.”
Watson hopes to be able to have defender Chris Lever and striker Chris Almond back available when his side travel to Mansfield Town tomorrow.
Town are just a couple of places above Port in the table and will drop below them if they succumb to Watson’s men at Field Mill.