Magpies aim to silence the Lambs

Andy Teague
Andy Teague
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Chorley boss Garry Flitcroft is hoping to avenge last season’s cup heartbreak by beating Tamworth tomorrow.

Revenge is on the menu for Flitcroft’s men as they return to the Lamb Ground for the first time since their narrow FA Trophy third round replay defeat.

The Magpies drew 2-2 with the Lambs but the Staffordshire outfit edged a narrow penalty shoot-out 6-5 to seal their place in the next round.

Since the January tie Tamworth were relegated from the Conference Premier to the Conference North.

Chorley sealed promotion to the same tier and Flitcroft is keen to get his revenge when they face each other in the league tomorrow.

He said: “We are definitely looking for revenge from last season.

“I thought we deserved to go through, they have lost a few players and we have strengthened over the summer.

“We are going down there confident, we have had a really good start.

“They are struggling for confidence so I think we can get a result.”

Chorley bounced back from a shock 4-0 defeat against Barrow with a 2-1 home victory over Brackley Town.

The Magpies picked up their third red card in four games as Kyle Jacobs was shown a straight red card.

And Chorley suffered another blow as Adam Dodd dislocated his shoulder in the 21st minute of the clash.

But the result pushed Chorley up to fourth in the Conference North table and Flitcroft praised his sides character.

He said: “I thought first half we were brilliant and we played some good football up until the sending off.

“We played 65 minutes with 10-men and the lads did really well to win with a man down.

“It showed our character and our will to win.

“It is a massive blow losing Adam Dodd, he will be out for more than three weeks. But a big bonus is the return of Adam Mather who will step back in.”

Meanwhile, AFC Fylde manager Dave Challinor believes the secret to his side’s recent goal scoring prowess is killer crosses.

Challinor’s men travel to Oxford City tomorrow on after bagging eight goals in their last two games.

Fylde thrashed Challinor’s former club Colwyn Bay 5-0 and beat Hednesford Town 3-1 last weekend.

The Coasters are now fifth in the Conference North and Challinor revealed a pre-match team-talk before the Colwyn clash about improving their deliveries into the box inspired their recent clinical finishing.

He said: “Before the Colwyn and Hednesford games we hadn’t been sticking our chances away.

“So prior to the Colwyn game we spoke about what happens in the top divisions of the game – they put the ball in good areas and create dopportunities.

“We have done a little bit of work – more of it in terms of highlighting the areas we need to work on.

“In the Guiseley match we had 35 crosses but only 10 fell in the right areas. Whereas against Colwyn we put in 40 crosses and made them defend 30 of them. Little things like that make a big difference – a bit of extra care makes a big impact.”

Oxford are 10th in the table but they lost their unbeaten start to the season last weekend after Harrogate Town beat them 1-0.

Fylde have never faced Oxford in the league before and Challinor is excited for the new challenge.

He said: “Oxford have had a decent start and it is difficult place to go to – we are looking forward to the game. We have done really well and put in good performances in all our games so far.

“Matty Blinkhorn is still out but apart from that we have a fully fit squad.

“We have had no serious injuries so far – touch wood – that will continue.”

In the NPL First Division North Clitheroe host New Mills this evening at 7.45pm, Kendal Town entertain Brighouse Town tomorrow and Burscough host Harrogate Railway Athletic.

In the Conference, Southport travel to face Eastleigh.