Magpies deserve a ‘Brake’

Chorley's Dale Witham (left) and Fylde's Danny Lloyd battle for the ball during the derby clash at the weekend
Chorley's Dale Witham (left) and Fylde's Danny Lloyd battle for the ball during the derby clash at the weekend
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Chorley manager Garry Flitcroft believes Saturday’s tremendous victory over derby rivals AFC Fylde can be the springboard to greater things for his side.

The Magpies produced a magnificent performance at the weekend to win 3-1 at Kellamergh Park and knock the Coasters off the top of the Conference North.

Two quality strikes from new signing Aaron Burns and a Josh Hine penalty ensured Chorley recorded their fourth consecutive league victory over their near neighbours.

The win saw the Magpies move to within one point of the play-off places in the Conference North table.

They also have games in hand on all the teams above them in the table – one of which is tonight at Leamington.

If they were to collect all three points against the Brakes, they will jump two places in the table to fourth spot.

And despite being a sizeable 15 points shy of league leaders Barrow, Flitcroft has not given up hope of automatic promotion, with 18 games of the season still left to play.

Flitcroft said: “The Fylde game was an outstanding performance on our behalf and especially in the second half.

“We showed we really wanted it and again Aaron Burns showed quality with two great finishes.

“The fans were superb against Fylde and we probably had the majority of the crowd.

“It is a great shame that the three games over Christmas were cancelled as it has let teams get away from us.

“We’d prefer to have the points on the board rather than games in hand but it’s up to us now to go and win the games in hand.

“We have a very strong squad and we’ll go right to the end.

“I wouldn’t swap this squad for any other in the league. We’ve got players coming back from injury, so we’ll have plenty of bodies.”

Leamington are struggling near the bottom of the division. although they did secure a 1-0 win at home over Solihull Moors on Saturday after losing their previous three games.

On the injury front, Chorley will give striker James Dean a late fitness test after he limped off against Fylde with jarred knee.