Curzon next up in Trophy adventure

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A fellow Evo-Stik League side awaits Chorley in the FA Trophy First Round proper after the draw was made yesterday.

The Magpies have been drawn against Evo-Stik League Division One North side Curzon Ashton.

The tie will be played at Victory Park on November 30, when the sides battle it out for a place in the second round and £5,000 in prize money.

This round is also the last round where the competition is regionalised.

Curzon are currently sat second in their league and have four games in hand on league leaders Warrington.

Meanwhile, the Magpies take on Atherton Colleries tonight in the second round of the Lancashire FA Trophy, and although boss Garry Flitcroft wants success in the competition, he is expected to make a number of changes.

He said: “I may look to change the team a bit.

“We’ve had a few knocks on Saturday, so we will have to have a look and assess.

“The Lancashire Trophy is one competition I want to do well in.

“We reached the final at the Reebok before and it was a great occasion, so the lads that come in will have to do well again.”

Chorley beat Matlock Town 2-0 on Saturday, with both goals coming from striker Josh Hine.

And Flitcroft was again full of praise for Hine, who is proving to be the real deal, even though the former Skelmersdale man is playing with an adductor injury.

Flitcroft said: “ I watched Josh earlier last year and he is a raw talent. He is a finisher, he has got pace to burn and he has got excellent strength.

“He’s actually in for a scan next week on his adductor problem which he has been playing with since I signed him in June.

“But full marks to him, he is a smashing lad. He gives me everything every week and he could go on from here.”

Flitcroft was the first to admit the Matlock performance wasn’t the best he has seen.

But he was full of praise for their boss – former Blackburn Rovers man Mark Atkins – and the system they used.

He said: “Matlock came out and set up to pressurise us, and they did that well.

“Matlock are a fantastic side in this league and this is the third time we have played them, so they know how we play.

“But saying that, I don’t think we ever looked like conceding, and we did fantastically well to go on and score two very good goals.”

Both Simon Wiles and Paul Jarvis were introduced from the bench in the second half.

And Flitcroft feels the introduction of both substitutes helped influence the game.

He said: “Our usual system wasn’t suiting us, and I wanted to go 4-4-2 for the last 20 minutes. It worked for us and both Paul and Simon did well.”

The Magpies take on Ilkeston this Saturday at Victory Park, with kick off at 3pm, while tonight’s fixture against Atherton kicks off at 7.45pm.