Flitcroft's welcome problem

Chorley manager Garry Flitcroft admits it's a Catch-22 situation for his side as they seek success on three fronts.

The Magpies' No.1 priority this season is success in the league and they currently lie second in the NPL First Division North – and they will be hoping to keep the pressure up on leaders Chester on Saturday when they welcome Wakefield to Victory Park.

But over the past week or so, Flitcroft's men have also progressed in two cup competitions.

They reached the semi-finals of the Lancashire Co-operative Challenge Trophy after a 4-0 victory over Southport and then progressed to the fourth round of the League Challenge Trophy (LCT) on Tuesday thanks to a 1-0 win over Radcliffe Borough.

The Magpies have drawn Colwyn Bay, currently second in the NPL Premier Division, away in the next round of the LCT, while next Wednesday they face AFC Fylde in the last-four stage of the county cup.

Flitcroft admits he wants to win every game but success in the cups can hinder his side's league campaign.

Flitcroft said: "We've been on a really good run since the New Year.

"I think it's six on the spin and that can only build confidence.

"To be honest all these cup games are a bit of a nightmare.

"We play Fylde next Wednesday in the Lancashire Cup, so that means we

will lose our league game which was scheduled for next Tuesday.

"We also have an away game against Colwyn Bay in the League Cup to fit in next month.

"But we want to win every game. I certainly don't want to lose those games – we want to win every game we can."

The fixture congestion might be a concern for Flitcroft but he is confident his squad of 20 players can cope with the league and cup demands.

He added: "With us having these cup games, it means the lads on the fringes can come in and play a part and show that they should be playing and that's what they did against Southport and Radcliffe."

Flitcroft could only wax lyrical about his team's fabulous win over Southport, who are three divisions higher in the football pyramid.

He said: "We played great. Southport could not live with us. They had the majority of their top players out."

Flitcroft is expecting a tough afternoon tomorrow against a Wakefield side, who are known for their physical approach.

"They are a big strong side, they work hard but they have to come to Chorley in front of 700 or 800 fans and we'll be up for it," he said.

"We've just got to keep winning. We've got Chester at home in three weeks, which is going to be a massve game for us, and in the form we are in at the moment, we are capable of beating anyone."