Flitcroft wants a reaction to defeat

Darren Stephenson
Darren Stephenson

Chorley have the opportunity to exact quick revenge on Boston United tomorrow.

The Magpies lost their long unbeaten home record last weekend when they were beaten 2-1 by United at Victory Park.

The result saw Boston move to sixth in the Conference North table – level on points with Chorley, who are fifth.

A quirk of the fixture list means the two teams meet again in the league – this time in Lincolnshire.

“It’s just how the fixtures have lined up,” Magpies manager Garry Flitcroft said.

“We play them again and hopefully we will be able to go down there and perform better than we did last weekend.

“We hadn’t been beaten at home since March so it was a little bit disappointing to lose like we did on Saturday.

“There were one or two performances in the first half which were not quite good enough.

“We conceded a goal and then another one in the second. We put pressure on them in the last five minutes and got a goal back but it was a bit too late.

“I think if we had scored a bit earlier then we probably would have got something out of the game.”

Although Chorley were clearly out of sorts on Saturday, the team was hampered by injuries to key personnel during the game.

Influential skipper Andrew Teague was stretchered off early in the first half with ankle ligament damage.

And goalkeeper Danijel Nizic – on loan from Burnley – suffered a thigh injury and was left hobbling on one leg for most of the second half.

“Teaguey being stretchered off was a massive blow to us and then our keeper injured his thigh,” Flitcroft said.

“We didn’t have a sub keeper on the bench so Dan had to play on in the second half, even though he was limping.

“Tom Smyth had to take over goalkicking duties and it was from a poor goalkick that they scored their second.”

With usual No.1 Sam Ashton still out injured, Flitcroft will be searching the loan market looking for somebody to plug the gap this weekend.

Teague is also expected to be sidelined for the next three weeks.

Chorley will be boosted by the return of talismanic forward Darren Stephenson, who was unavailable last weekend.

“Boston are a physical side, well organised and get the ball forward quickly,” Flitcroft said. “They put you under a lot of pressure.”

Meanwhile, Flitcroft was thrilled with his side’s display on Tuesday as they defeated Conference North leaders Barrow away from home in the Lancashire FA Trophy.

The Magpies have had lots of success in the competition in the recent past – winning it in 2012 and finishing as runners-up last season.

And Flitcroft has targeted another run to the final at Bolton Wanderers’ Macron Stadium.

He said: “It was a brilliant result on Tuesday to go up there and beat them. They had a strong side out. It’s a great confidence booster for the lads.

“Looking at the other results in the competition, AFC Fylde got knocked out and a few other big teams went out, so there’s a good chance we can go far.

“I said to the lads before the game that we have a good record in it and it will be nice to go to the Macron Stadium – as it’s called now – again.”

Elsewhere in the Conference North, AFC Fylde travel to North Ferriby United while, in the division above, Southport visit Dartford.