Bouncebackability delights Flitcroft

James Dean scores against Hednesford Town
James Dean scores against Hednesford Town
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Garry Flitcroft hailed the performance of his side and in particular defender Mark Ross after Chorley defeated Hednesford Town on Saturday.

After a somewhat lethargic performance the previous weekend against Worcester City which saw the Magpies beaten 2-0, Chorley boss Flitcroft challenged his players to bounce back with a home win.

Throughout his time at the Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium, Flitcroft has stressed that picking up points at home is a necessity.

And thanks to a thunderbolt from Ross and a strike from James Dean, high-flying Chorley duly collected three points in the Vanarama Conference North.

A delighted Flitcroft said: “It’s a great result as you always want to bounce back after a defeat.

“All credit to the lads. I needed to have words with them after the game last Saturday but they were great

today.

“When Mark Ross scores, it’s usually a good one but I thought his overall performance was excellent and his goal reflected his performance.”

Last week, Flitcroft moved quickly to ease his squad’s injury woes by bringing in Morecambe defender Chris Doyle and former FC United winger Astley Mulholland.

Recently, Kyle Jacobs and Harry Winter have missed out through suspension while Ross and Chris Almond have only just returned from injury.

He added: “I brought the new lads in as we were short of bodies – we even had to put Chris Almond on the bench last week and he was injured. That’s how serious it was.

“Astley is a player with serious pace and I think he will suit our system, so that’s why I brought him in.”

This Saturday, Chorley welcome North West Counties outfit Glossop North End in the FA Cup second round qualifier.

And Flitcroft expects a tough encounter on the day.

He added: “I watched them last week and they played well.

“They will come here feeling it’s like their final so we will need to be at our best to win, and it’s a competition I want to go far in.”

Kick off at Victory Park is 3pm.