Chorley’s plight is tough for players says boss Jamie Vermiglio

Jamie Vermiglio revealed that there have been plenty of occasions this season that he has sat in the dressing room and consoled his players.

Friday, 28th February 2020, 6:00 am
Chorley boss Jamie Vermiglio (Photo: Stefan Willoughby)

The Magpies are stuck at the bottom of the National League – with relegation almost an inevitability with 11 games of the season left.

They are currently 15 points shy of Maidenhead United who occupy the final position above the danger zone.

There was the possibility that only three clubs – not four – would get relegated, but that appears to be unlikely as AFC Bury the phoenix club launched after Bury’s expulsion from the Football League, will begin life next season in the 10th tier of English football.

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In any case, Chorley are still a whopping 14 points behind fourth-bottom Chesterfield. They even look cut adrift from second bottom AFC Fylde, who are six points above them having played two games less.

There has been no doubt that the part-time Magpies have found the step up to a division predominantly made up of full-time outfits a bridge too far.

The players have certainly not disgraced themselves. Apart from earlier on in the season when they received a few hidings, the Magpies have more often than not have held their own in games.

Indeed the last six games have seen Chorley find themselves narrowly on the wrong side of the fine margins.

They have picked up just two points in that time but the games they have drawn they held the lead, while the four matches they have lost – including last weekend clash against Barnet at Victory Park – have all ended in close 1-0 defeats.

“I feel sorry for the players,” said Vermiglio.

“It’s not just about the supporters and the people who are behind the team or me, it’s about the lads. They are trying to get themselves up for the games in difficult circumstances, but they are doing.

“Anyone watching the games, if they had a GPS tracker to compare the lads’ work rate to other sides in the league, I would guarantee that we would be in the top five.

“So the lads are working hard and hopefully they will continue to do that.”

Chorley’s part-time resources will be stretched to the limit this weekend when they head to Devon to take on Torquay United.

“We will look to bounce back and give it our all this weekend at Torquay,” added Vermiglio.