Flitcroft boys in Trophy replay

Magpies boss Garry Flitcroft
Magpies boss Garry Flitcroft
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Chorley will be aiming to make Andrew Teague’s last-gasp intervention on Saturday count tonight.

Garry Flitcroft’s men were heading for the exit door out of the FA Trophy at the third preliminary round stage as they trailed 2-1 at home to Stalybridge Celtic.

However, skipper Teague’s bullet header in the 94th minute brought the teams level to force a replay this evening at Bower Fold.

If the Magpies finish Celtic off, then they will face Guiseley or Rushall away from home in the first round.

Meanwhile, Jamie Vermiglio has announced his retirement from the game – and will take up a position in Flitcroft’s backroom staff at Chorley.

The midfielder hit the headlines several years ago when he unknowingly played a number of games with a broken back.

Since then, he has struggled with persistent problems with his back and has decided to hang up his boots.

In the Conference North, AFC Fylde face Stockport County tonight at Edgeley Park. It will be a return to their old stomping ground for the Coasters’ managerial duo Dave Challinor and Colin Woodthorpe.

The pair served the Hatters as players when they were a Football League club – playing in the second tier of the English game – and Woodthorpe admitted it is sad to see how far the club has fallen in recent times.

“When I was leaving Stockport, there was a big change in the financial circumstances at the club with ITV Digital debacle.

“I left in 2002 and at the end of that season, it was the beginning of the end if you like for the club. But I did not expect to see them drop into the Conference North.”

By a quirk of the fixture list, it is the second league meeting between the teams in just over a week – the corresponding fixture at Kellamergh Park ended 0-0.

Bamber Bridge are in Doodson Cup action tonight as they travel to face Northwich Victoria.

Neil Crowe’s men will be in buoyant mood after producing an unbelievable comeback on Saturday to defeat New Mills in the NPL First Division North.

Trailing 1-0 at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium as the clock ticked past 90 minutes, Brig secured an unlikely three points as Andy Bell and Stuart Vasey scored in stoppage time.

Lancaster City – who were inactive at the weekend after their game at Darlington 1883 was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch – face Premier Division side Witton Albion in the Doodson Cup.