Chorley boss Jamie Vermiglio refuses to panic despite pointless start to league campaign

Jamie Vermiglio insisted there is no need for his Chorley team to panic despite losing their first three league games of the season.

Friday, 23rd October 2020, 8:00 am
Jamie Vermiglio

The Magpies were beaten 1-0 at derby rivals Southport last Saturday in the National League North which followed narrow losses to York City and Gloucester City previously.

One silver lining so far is that Chorley have beaten two NL North outfits to reach the first round proper of the FA Cup, which makes Vermiglio believe his side are more than capable of picking up wins and points in the league.

He will be hoping that first win will arrive this weekend when his side entertain Kidderminster Harriers at Victory Park.

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“If we had lost all five of our games so far then we would be really worried,” said Vermiglio, whose side were handed a bye in the final round of qualifying in the FA Cup.

“We have already beaten two of the top sides in our league already in Gateshead and York. Unfortunately or fortunately – depending how you look at it – those victories have come in the FA Cup.

“So we have got a bit of a run going in the cup helped by that bye is a positive. Playing against York and Gateshead and beating them proves to us that we can match and beat the tops sides which we will be coming up against.”

Vermiglio has cited a lack of a clinical edge in the opposition box as one of the reasons why they are still waiting for their first league point, but has also pointed to avoidable mistakes at the back.

“We are making some unforced errors which we just need to tidy up on,” he said. “If you look at a lot of the goals conceded up and down the country they come from mistakes and we just need to cut them out.”

In recent years, Chorley have had plenty of battles with this weekend’s opponents Kidderminster and Vermiglio expects this weekend to be no different.

“I think the thing that needs reporting is three of the four sides we have played this season have all been full-time and Kidderminster are another,” he said. “These are not teams who are struggling financially like some other teams in the league. They are pushing on and going for it with some big signings.

“It’s going to be another tough game. Kidderminster are dynamic and will be the first side we have come up against who play with traditional wingers. So it’s going to e different type of test for us.”