Chorley will look to maintain their firm grip on top spot of the NPL Premier Division when they travel to face Rushall Olympic tomorrow.
The Magpies have recovered from a mini-slump – which saw them pick up just two points from a possible 12 – when they defeated play-off candidates Worksop Town 1-0 at Victory Park at the weekend.
With second-placed Skelmersdale United losing, Garry Flitcroft’s men have opened up a four-point gap at the top of the table once more and boast the advantage of having a game in hand.
Chorley will have to be at their best tomorrow though, as Rushall defeated them 1-0 at Victory Park late last month and still have an outside chance of reaching the play-offs.
Meanwhile, third-placed AFC Fylde will be hoping to take advantage of any slip from the Magpies when they travel to lowly Stamford tomorrow. The Coasters have had eventful week.
After defeating Rushall 2-1 at Kellamergh Park on Saturday, they then defeated Frickley Athletic away on penalties in the semi-final of the Doodson Sports Cup.
The last-four match did not kick-off until shortly before 9pm after many of Fylde’s players were caught up in a traffic jam after a bad accident on the M62.
Manager Dave Challinor said: “We finally kicked off at just before 9pm. I have to thank the match officials and Frickley Athletic, as although there was absolutely nothing we could do about the situation – they could see we were doing everything we could to get to the game to get it played.
“The game itself was an important for us, not just because it was a semi-final but more because we are on a really good unbeaten run and wanted this to continue.
“We challenged the lads during the brief time we had in the dressing room to not use the events as an easy way out – to go out and perform.”
Fylde face Chorley on Monday evening in the final of the LFA Challenge Trophy at Bolton Wanderers’ Reebok Stadium.
In the NPL First Division North, Clitheroe travel to Ossett Town, Kendal Town visit Prescot Cables and Burscough host Warrington Town at Victoria Park.
In the Conference Premier, Southport are at home to Macclesfield.