Flitcroft calls for response

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Chorley will be looking to bounce back this evening when they host Oxford City at Victory Park in the Conference North.

It was certainly a bad day at the office for the Magpies at the weekend as they suffered a crushing 4-1 defeat at Harrogate Town.

Garry Flitcroft’s men contributed to their own downfall as they conceded two penalties, while skipper Andy Teague was red carded for serious foul play.

The defeat was the second successive loss for Chorley in the league and they have lost valuable ground in the fight for a play-off place.

Manager Garry Flitcroft said: “We have a strong squad and we may look to rest a few legs.

“The lads worked tirelessly against Harrogate Town on Saturday, and we will look at changing things tonight against Oxford City.

“Poor defending for the first two goals cost us on Saturday and then they got a penalty that never was, but I can’t fault my lads.

“They kept going till the end and we created chances – my lads gave me everything on Saturday especially in the second half.”

Meanwhile, in the NPL First Division North, Bamber Bridge can go level on points with fifth-placed Spennymoor Town tonight.

Neil Crowe’s men host Ossett Town this evening at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium.

They are just three points behind Spennymoor, who occupy the final play-off position.

Brig battled to a decent point away to fellow promotion chasers AFC Farsley on Saturday.

In the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy, Clitheroe can book a place against Chorley in the final at Bolton Wanderers’ Macron Stadium next month.

The Blues take on Atherton Colleries in the semi-final at the LFA’s Country Ground, in Leyland.

Manager Simon Garner said: “We are playing a very good team.

“I’ve watched them a few times before and they’re playing with a lot of confidence. They’ve picked up a lot of positive results and they’ll be looking forward to the game just as much as we are.

“We’ll have to turn up on the day and be really professional. I expect a big performance from the players. It’s an opportunity that they may never get again so I hope they take it.”