Garry’s mind back on league title push

Chris Almond in action for Chorley against Stamford
Chris Almond in action for Chorley against Stamford
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Garry Flitcroft will not let Chorley’s semi-final victory halt their promotion charge as they travel to King’s Lynn Town tomorrow.

The Magpies are sitting pretty at the top of the NPL Premier Division and earned a place in the LFA Trophy final at the Reebok Stadium after dispatching AFC Darwen 2-0 in Leyland.

And Flitcroft is aiming to secure their spot at the top with another victory against Gary Setchell’s side tomorrow.

He said: “I’m really pleased to be through to the final.

“We played well and even though Darwen are a couple of leagues below us they gave us a tough game.

“We won it two years ago. It’s great for our fans to go to a stadium like the Reebok, they deserve it.

“I think we took 2,000 for the last final, so it will be a great occasion.

“I made a few changes, we gave a few of the lads a rest with Saturday in mind but now it is back to the league and another three points.”

King’s Lynn, in Norfolk, is the furthest port of call for Flitcroft’s men in the Northern Premier and the Magpies boss believes their location has played a big role in their great home form.

He said: “It will be a difficult game. They are challenging for the play-offs and they are in great form at home.

“Maybe their winning streak at home is because of the distance the opposition have to travel to get there, it is a long journey to Norfolk.

Kings Lynn have won their last five games on the bounce and the Chorley boss praised Setchell’s work.

He said: “I know their manager, Gary. I often chat to him about quite a few teams in our league.

“He has done a great job and they are going well, so it won’t be an easy game.”

Chorley travel in their own rich vein of form despite a 3-1 defeat away to Blyth Spartans.

And Flitcroft dismissed the blip, he said: “Blyth are a tough team to travel to and we knew it was going to be a hard match.

“We are never going to win every game but we have beaten all of the top teams and we have won our last two games and we are in a good 

“We are two points clear at the top of the league with two games in hand on Skelmersdale and it is a good to be at the top.

“We have worked hard to get there and we need to push on and keep picking up the points week in, week out.”

King’s Lynn are sixth in the league and challenging for an elusive play-off spot.

The Magpies beat Town 1-0 at Victory Park back in September thanks to a Josh Hine penalty.

But Flitcroft will not be able to call on the speedy Hine as he has undergone treatment on a hernia.

He said: “Josh has missed the last few games and he will probably be out for another three weeks.

“He has taken time out to sort his hernia so that he is back in time for the promotion push, the crunch time.”

Chorley have agreed a contract extension with James Dean which means the striker will extend his stay at the club until at least the end of the season.

Flitcroft brought another striker into the club to aid with Hine’s absence, the Magpies boss signed Chris Almond from Conference Premier side Southport.

And Flitcroft praised the new addition, he said: 
“Chris has come in and he has had a great start, it’s very promising.”