Flitcroft’s men bid to reach final

Chorley FC manager Garry Flitcroft with Jan and Ian Currie showing new shirt sponsors Derian House.

Chorley FC manager Garry Flitcroft with Jan and Ian Currie showing new shirt sponsors Derian House.

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THE lure of walking out at Bolton Wanderers ground will be a motivating factor for Chorley this evening.

The Magpies face Wigan Robin Park in the semi-finals of the Lancashire FA Trophy at the County Ground, Leyland, with the winners earning the right to play in the final at Bolton Wanderers’ Reebok Stadium.

Garry Flitcroft’s men will start tonight’s contest as overwhelming favourites, as there are three divisions between themselves and their opponents in the football pyramid.

Wigan reside in the North West Counties League First Division and are one of the favourites to win promotion to the Premier Division.

They are currently second in the table – two points behind leaders Abbey Hey, but with three games in hand.

With the massive gulf between the two clubs, in terms of league positions, Chorley will fully expect to win, but they cannot afford to be complacent.

Their opponents have already proved that they are unafraid of taking on and beating Northern Premier League clubs.

In the last round, they sent Lancaster City packing 4-2.

Meanwhile, Chorley have signed young left-back and former Preston North End junior player David Taylor from Atherton LR.

- A match report will appear on the Guardian website on Thursday