Flitcroft sure Magpies can record replay win

Keil O'Brien applauds the Chorley fans
Keil O'Brien applauds the Chorley fans
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A trip to Skrill Premier strugglers Tamworth awaits Chorley if they can beat Forest Green Rovers in their FA Trophy second round replay tonight, Tuesday.

A trip to Skrill Premier strugglers Tamworth awaits Chorley if they can beat Forest Green Rovers in their FA Trophy second round replay tonight, Tuesday.

And after a fine battling performance on Saturday, the Magpies sense they can still deliver a ‘cupset’ in

Gloucestershire.

Chorley performed magnificently and held their own on Saturday, which delighted boss Garry Flitcroft.

He said: “I’m so proud of the lads.

“In the first half, I thought we were clearly the better

side.

“In the second half, the conditions changed and the wind definitely favoured Forest Green.

“I know they went down to 10 men but again I thought we played very well in the second half.

“The conditions were absolutely terrible to play in and Forest Green are a good side.

“But I thought the lads played brilliantly and I thought we were better than them.

“I watch plenty of games at non-league level – especially in the league above and below our league whenever I can.

“But when you get to the Conference teams, that is a big jump.

“They have access to lots of money and they all have the aim of getting into the Football League.

“So to play like we did is great, and the lads did the club proud.”

Chorley had the right to feel aggrieved after being denied a big penalty shout towards the end of a pulsating cup tie.

Flitcroft was left frustrated by the decision and feels it was key.

He said: “The linesman said at the end that he thought it was a close call.

“I thought it was a penalty and their manager said it was a penalty as well, so I think we have been unlucky.

“You hope when you play the better sides in the Conference that the referees improve, but obviously they don’t.”

Ahead of tonight’s tie, Flitcroft feels his side don’t have to worry about anything and they can make the trip brimming with

confidence.

He added: “We will go trip down there with stacks of belief – and why

not?

“The lads have seen what they have to play against and this tie is nowhere near over yet.

“I know there manager Ade Pennock will be thinking the same too.

“So we will make sure we enjoy it and hopefully we can get the result.”

n One prize remains unclaimed from the Magpies 50/50 draw made during Saturday’s game.

It’s ticket number A1670 and the prize is £180. Call Jeremy Lee on 07774 197303 to claim the prize.