Second chance in Trophy for battling Magpies

Paul Jarvis (right) is congratulated after opening the scoring
Paul Jarvis (right) is congratulated after opening the scoring
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Chorley can gain confidence from the way they salvaged a replay in a tospy-turvy FA Trophy second-round encounter against FC United on Saturday.

That is the view of manager Garry Flitcroft, who takes his side to Curzon Ashton’s Tameside Stadium for tonight’s replay.

The Magpies looked like they were cruising into the next round of the competition after taking a 2-0 lead courtesy of goals from Paul Jarvis and James Dean.

However, roared on by a vociferous away following in a bumper crowd of more than 2,000 at Victory Park, United hit back to lead 3-2.

Dean rescued the tie for the home side when he nodded home his second goal with just minutes remaining.

It all means that Chorley have a second bite of the cherry tonight and have a chance to set-up a third round meeting at Victory Park against derby rivals AFC Fylde or AFC Telford United.

Flitcroft said: “We were a little bit disappointed but we knew it would be hard in the second half.

“I thought we gave them two poor goals, defensively we should have dropped a little but it made for a great game at 2-2 and then they went 3-2 up.

“But all credit to my lads they are never down and we battled back to get an 
equaliser and we got a draw out of it.”

Flitcroft believes his players will benefit from the quality pitch at Curzon tonight and is hoping the weather conditions are not quite as tricky as they were on Saturday.

“Curzon is a nice surface, it’s a great pitch,” he added.

“We are buoyant after Saturday’s display and we are hoping the conditions don’t dictate what happens.

“Tonight’s games has all the makings for a great cup tie.

“I hope our fans can travel well and get behind us – they’ve shown that they can do it in the past and I really hope they can do it again.”

Chorley have no fresh injury worries heading into tonight’s match, although defender Kyle Jacobs has left to join Stockport County.

Meanwhile, AFC Fylde boss Dave Challinor has urged his men not to take too much notice of Telford’s lowly league position in the Conference Premier.

The Coasters welcome the Bucks to Kellamergh Park for tonight’s re-arranged FA Trophy second-round tie.

The match was due to take place on Saturday but was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Fylde may be a division below Telford in the football pyramid but they arguably go into the game as slight favourites.

Riding high at the top of the Conference North, Fylde enter this evening’s encounter full of confidence after winning their last seven games in all competitions.

By contrast, Telford appear destined for the drop after winning just one of their past nine league games.

They are currently rooted at the bottom of the table but there are signs that they are beginning to improve after a change of manager shortly before Christmas.

Steve Kittrick replaced former Southport manager Liam Watson and has guided Telford to a three-match unbeaten run.

Challinor said: “They are coming into the game with a new manager and have had some results over the Christmas period, which has given them a lift.

“I know their manager well and I speak to him quite a bit.

“They are bottom of the Conference Premier but that division is step up in terms of standard from the Conference North. But I believe a lot of my lads can play at that level and hopefully they can go and show that tonight.

“There’s no pressure tonight. If it was the quarter-final or semi-final with a trip to Wembley just a couple of games away, then there might be some pressure.

“But at this stage of the competition, the lads can just enjoy it.

“It won’t be the end of the world if we go out – we have still got a lot to play for.”

Challinor may rotate his squad this evening, with every member of his squad fit.

“We are in the best shape we have been in this season. We are looking really strong,” said Challinor.

Lancaster City are in cup action this evening. The Dolly Blues host Marine at Giant Axe in the third round of the Doodson Cup.