Cup draw lift after limp Magpies show

Laquan Esdaille-Biney makes his debut for the Magpies
Laquan Esdaille-Biney makes his debut for the Magpies

An FA Cup draw which has given Chorley a potentially winnable home tie has provided a welcome boost after Saturday’s disappointing league defeat.

Garry Flitcroft’s side, which went into the game at Worcester City’s temporary home of Kidderminster on top of the Conference North table, slumped to a 2-0 defeat.

But the downbeat mood was lifted when in yesterday’s FA Cup second qualifying round draw, the Magpies were handed a home tie against the winner of tonight’s replay between Evo-Stik North side Northwich Victoria and North West Counties League outfit Glossop North End.

Both sides are lower in the non-league pyramid than Chorley so the tie against offers them a golden chance to launch a money spinning FA Cup run.

However, cup glory was far from Flitcroft’s mind as he expressed his bitter disappointment at Saturday’s display.

The Victory Park chief refused to accept the excuse of having to field a depleted side and instead expressed his displeasure at a lifeless showing.

“There were six or seven players who didn’t turn up in the first half,” he said.

“And it was in the first half that we lost the game because if we had been at our best we would have beaten them.

“We had some injuries but you expect the lads that do go out there to give it everything and there were one or two who didn’t do that.”

Flitcroft said he was determined to ensure the Magpies got that performance out of their system and returned to winning ways against Hednesford on Saturday.

“We’ll dust our selves down and look forward to the Hednesford game,” he said.

“There will be a big crowd and our home form is good, so I’ve told the lads, ‘We go again next Saturday.’”