Chorley stars will be eager to pit their wits against Premier league opposition, says captain Scott Leather
Captain Scott Leather believes his Chorley team-mates will be itching to showcase their abilities when they go up against Wolves on Friday evening.
The Magpies host Nuno Espirito Santo’s men in the FA Cup fourth round at Victory Park.
And having downed League One outfits Wigan Athletic and Peterborough United in the opening two rounds and then dismissed a weakened Derby County of the Championship in the third round, Leather knows his men will want to show that they can mix it with the very best.
They do not come much better than Wolves, who can boast a squad full of internationals worth millions of pounds.
Over the past two seasons they have finished seventh in the top flight and currently reside five levels above the Magpies.
Leather – who played twice for PNE in the Championship in 2011 – said opportunities like this for players such as himself only come around once, maybe twice if they are lucky, in a lifetime and they are eager to make the most of it.
“We are buzzing for the opportunity,” said Leather (pictured). “I think it will show us what level Premier League players are actually at.
“I am sure we will be chasing a few shadows on the pitch but it’s going to be a great experience for the lads.
“I know there’s a few of the younger lads in the squad who are looking to get back in the Football League.
“I am 28 so it’s a bit too late for me but I do believe that many of the lads have the quality and the potential to do that.
“On a big stage like this hopefully they can perform and people are watching so they might be able to nick a move to a club in the Football League and if they do all the best to them.”
Although Chorley will be full of enthusiasm and endeavour, the quality Wolves should prove key.
So how can the Magpies upset the odds and dump the top flight out of the competition?
"I think we will just have to stick to the game plan and everybody is going to have to have a 10 out of 10 performance," Leather said.
"We are going to have to understand that we are going to have to defend for large parts of the game.
"We are going to have to stay disciplined and hopefully hit them on the break maybe"