Boss is supportive of Winter’s discontent

Darren Stephenson chases after the ball
Darren Stephenson chases after the ball

Chorley midfielder Harry Winter has received the backing of his boss Garry Flitcroft despite receiving his third red card of the season.

Flitcroft has vowed to stand by the player he signed from AFC Fylde in the summer.

Winter was given his marching orders in the second half of the 0-0 draw against Boston United on Saturday.

But Flitcroft defended his central midfielder and instead slammed the performance of the referee.

“I thought Harry won the ball if I’m being honest,” said Flitcroft.

“I thought the referee was poor all-round.

“He missed a clear elbow on Chris Simm in the first half, when the assistant referee even said he saw it.

“Then Harry is sent off. I did think he won the ball but when you get the fans going up and the players surrounding him, it makes it hard.”

Chorley battled hard throughout the 90 minutes at York Street, and Chris Simm and Darren Stephenson all had chances to win the game for the Magpies.

And Flitcroft was slightly disappointed with the point.

He said: “I thought we were outstanding today, and I am disappointed we didn’t win.

“I thought we played the better football and on another day we would have prevailed.”

Tonight, Tuesday, Chorley welcome Stockport in the Vanarama Conference North.

A bumper crowd is expected and fans are advised to arrive early. Segregation will be in place (kick off 7.45pm).

Then on Saturday, Chorley play host to bottom club Hyde.

The Magpies were yesterday drawn at home to Stalybridge Celtic in the FA Trophy third qualifying round, in a tie to be played on Saturday week.