Flitcroft sees promise for new season

Sam Ashton- Pics by Josh Vosper Go2Pictures
Sam Ashton- Pics by Josh Vosper Go2Pictures

Chorley manager Garry Flitcroft can take plenty of positives from the opening pre-season games despite two defeats.

The Magpies suffered a 2-0 defeat against Preston North End in the Jack Kirkland Trophy last Tuesday and then last Friday suffered a 2-1 defeat against a Bolton Wanderers XI.

But Flitcroft is more than happy with what he saw.

He said: “The results don’t matter to me in pre-season as it’s all about the fitness work.

“The new lads are fitting in well and are all showing real promise which is great to

see.”

Flitcroft was particularly impressed with the Bolton Wanderers performance.

Chorley pushed the Wanderers XI all the way and deserved more than the 2-1 defeat.

Kiel O’Brien scored for Chorley in a game that showed fluent passing and numerous chances created by the men in red.

Bolton goalkeeper Jay Lynch had an excellent game in the goals as he denied Darren Stephenson twice and Dale Whitam.

Fleetwood Town and ex PNE defender Graham Alexander was an onlooker in the ground as was Bolton legend John McGinlay, who presented the Harold Taylor Memorial Trophy at the end of the game.

A full-strength Preston side took on Chorley for the annual Jack Kirkland Trophy last Tuesday and the professionals showed their quality as they comfortably won the tie.

But again Flitcroft was pleased with the display.

“The lads did really well to compete and what I was happy with is that it wasn’t a

walkover.”

The club now prepare for the biggest pre-season tie of the summer against Premier League champions Manchester United tonight.

With a bumper crowd expected, Flitcroft cannot wait.

He said: “It’s really exciting to be playing the best team in the world in Manchester

United.

“This will be a wonderful occasion for the club and a great way to celebrate our 130th anniversary.

“Hopefully the town will support us in our big game and plenty of fans will be down to come and give us a cheer – and hopefully to see us win.”