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Just one win and it’ll be Keir we go

Keiran Walmsley

Keiran Walmsley

Magpies defender Keiran Walmsley has no interest in talking about hard luck stories as Chorley look to end their wretched recent run of form.

The full-back admits he and his team-mates are getting bored of returning to the dressing room having lost once more.

Chorley have lost five on the bounce – the worst sequence of results since manager Garry Flitcroft took charge at Victory Park in the summer of 2010.

In fact, in the past 18 matches in all competitions, Chorley have won just four times and have been on the losing side on 11 occasions.

The most frustrating aspect for Chorley is that their performances in many games have been good, but they are greeting the sound of the final whistle with nothing to show for their efforts

Former Morecambe and Kendal Town star Wamsley –who returned to the side last month after recovering from a hernia operation – admits it is probably the poorest sequence of results he has ever experienced as a footballer.

He told the Evening Post: “We’ve lost the last five – it started against Kendal Town in the cup and we’ve lost the last four in the league.

“I don’t think I’ve lost five on the trot playing for anyone.

“For a big club like Chorley, who should be looking at winning the league, it’s unacceptable.

“We’re getting bored of coming into the dressing room after getting beaten and saying we should have got something out of it.

“We can’t keep saying we’ve been unfortunate or we are lacking luck.

“We’ve got to start thinking it might be down to ourselves.

“We need to start winning games because we are just getting further and further behind – we’ve already played lot more games than everybody else above us in the table.”

Walmsley believes the team is lacking a little bit of spark in the opposition’s penalty area.

And that train of thought appears to have some substance as Chorley have only scored twice in a match on one occasion in the last nine games, since they trounced Frickley Athletic 5-1 in the middle of October.

“I think we are lacking a little bit in the final third,” he said.

“We did not score on Saturday, but even when we’ve scored, we should always be looking to score a few more.

“We are lacking a little bit of creativity in the final 
third.

“I’m not just blaming the strikers though because a few months ago, we had a few problems defensively.

“I think the team as a whole has got to take the blame.”

Walmsley was substituted in the 1-0 defeat against Ilkeston on Saturday after suffering a suspected ankle sprain and is likely to be out of action for a couple of weeks.

But he believes tomorrow’s visit of Stocksbridge Park Steels to Victory Park is the perfect opportunity for the Magpies to end their barren run.

He said: “Personally, I feel tomorrow is an ideal game for us because I think Stocksbridge are one of the worst sides in this division.

“But it’s easy saying we should win –we have go out and do it.

“Football is all about confidence and if you get on a good run, you go out expecting to win.

“Maybe in the last few weeks, we have been going out with something in the back of our minds saying we aren’t going to win.”

Lancaster City joint manager Neil Wainwright hopes a full week on the training ground will give his side a much-needed boost.

The Dolly Blues are in the middle of a poor run of results which has seen them lose four out of the last five.

In fairness, three of those defeats have come against teams who appear likely to be battling out for the NPL First Division North title.

Their most recent loss was against second-placed Skelmersdale United 3-1 at Giant Axe on Saturday.

Skem have dropped just two points from 15 league games all season and Wainwright was pleased with certain aspects of City’s play against the high-fliers.

However, he pointed to a number individual errors, which he has been looking to eradicate in training this week in time for tomorrow’s trip to Farsley. He said: “It was a decent performance all round. There were just a couple of mistakes, for their first two goals, which cost us.

“At half-time, it was 1-0 to them and we were still in it. We should have got a point out of it. We’ve got no game in midweek and so we’ll have two good training sessions to work on a few things for our next game against Farsley.”

Clitheroe will look to get their title campaign back on track tomorrow when they host bottom side Garforth Town at Shawbridge.

The Blues were surprisingly beaten last Saturday 4-2 at lowly Harrogate Railway Athletic. The defeat has seen them slip to fourth in the table, although a victory tomorrow could see them move back to third.

Burscough are hitting a good patch of form and are up to 10th in the table. Last Saturday, they thrashed Farsley 5-1. This weekend, the Linnets are away to Goole AFC, who languish in the bottom reaches of the division.

In the NPL Premier Division, Kendal Town will hope to pull themselves away from the bottom reaches of the table when they visit Stafford Rangers, which will be new manager Steve Edmondson’s first game in charge.

AFC Fylde will be champing at the bit to get on the pitch after their two games this week were postponed.

Tomorrow they host Ilkeston at Kellamergh Park.

Souuthport can look forward to a break from the bread and butter of their Conference Premier league campaign tomorrow.

The Sandgrounders travel to Edgeley Park to take on Stockport County in the FA Trophy. It is a welcome relief for Liam Watson’s men who are struggling at the moment in the league.

They are currently just four points and five places off the bottom of the table after suffered a demoralising 2-0 home defeat against fellow strugglers Braintree on Saturday.

But Port will be buoyed by the fact that they have already returned from a trip to Stockport this season with a victory.

Just under two weeks ago, Southport collected all three points after a rip-snorter of an encounter which saw them take a 3-0 lead, then get pegged back to level terms, before hitting an 89th-minute 
winner.

Watson could have the services of Andy Parry to call upon this weekend as he has returned to training this week after suffering a broken rib in the Lancashire Co-operative Trophy.

But midfielder Godfrey Poku picked up his fifth yellow card against Braintree and will serve a one-match ban tomorrow.

Andy Owens, who is on loan from Mansfield Town, is also out.

He has a hamstring strain and is expected to be unavailable for at least another two weeks.

 

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