Flitcroft confident of Lambs slaughter

Photo Ian Robinson'Chorley FC supporters, Zak, 12 and Saul Myerscough, Mark and Adam Dunion, 11 and Martin Horne, prepare to travel to Tamworth for the Chorley FC FA Trophy 3rd round tie
Photo Ian Robinson'Chorley FC supporters, Zak, 12 and Saul Myerscough, Mark and Adam Dunion, 11 and Martin Horne, prepare to travel to Tamworth for the Chorley FC FA Trophy 3rd round tie

Chorley manager Garry Flitcroft is ready for a second crack at Skrill outfit Tamworth after the Magpies drew 1-1 on Saturday in the FA Trophy third round.

The Magpies boss felt his side did enough to win the game on Saturday and he hopes that come tonight, Tuesday, at Victory Park his side can do enough to make into the quarter-final stages, where another Conference side – Grimsby Town – will be waiting on their home ground.

He said: “I’m disappointed for the lads that we didn’t win the game.

“I felt we did enough to win it and their manager came up to me at the end of the game and said we fully deserved the victory.

“But we will try again and they won’t fancy coming to our place. We have the advantage.”

Flitcroft felt that his side could easily have been leading at half-time and he was adamant that a lead of more than one goal wouldn’t have been unjust.

He added: “I will be honest with you – if we went in two goals up at the interval it wouldn’t have been unfair.

“We played very well in the first half kicking down the hill and we created plenty of

chances.

“In the second half it was the end they like to attack, but I thought we defended superbly and hit them on the counter attack.

“James Dean and Darren Stephenson both had great chances.”

The former Blackburn Rovers midfielder also paid tribute to Chorley’s travelling support on Saturday.

The Evo-Stik League Premier Division outfit took a magnificent 507 supporters and drew in the plaudits from club officials and players.

And Flitcroft feels the travelling supporters helped spur the side on throughout the

90 minutes.

He said: “Their fans got behind them and we could hear them as they were stood right behind us.

“But our fans were absolutely superb.

“I thought we would bring roughly 350 to Tamworth but to bring more than 500 is a massive effort.

“It spurs the lads on and you can tell that at the end by the way the lads showed their appreciation.

“I just hope on Tuesday night we can get them the just reward and move on into the quarter-finals.”

Goalscorer Adam Mather had to leave the field with a hamstring strain, and Flitcroft says Mather could miss the replay – but he doesn’t expect any more changes.

He added: “It was a blow in the game having to take Adam off as we think he might have a hamstring strain.

“So he is one that could miss out but apart from that I won’t be expecting to make any other changes.

“We will have made sure the lads are fresh over the weekend and they will be ready to take on Tamworth.”

Kick off tonight at Victory Park is 7.45pm.