Keep the faith, insists Magpies boss

Dale Whitham's header for Chorley. Pics by Rob Gregson
Dale Whitham's header for Chorley. Pics by Rob Gregson

“We will be up there challenging to go up at the end of the season.”

That is the verdict of Chorley boss Garry Flitcroft, despite first defeat of the season (1-2) against Marine on Bank Holiday Monday.

The ex-Blackburn Rovers ace admits that their busy schedule of three games in six days had taken its toll, but knows that he has a squad to challenge for the league.

He said: “There were quite a few tired legs on Monday and it showed, because defensively we gave away two poor goals.

“We had put everything into Saturday’s match in Chasetown to try to get something out of the game.

“Unfortunately I was not able to change personnel around for the Marine match because we had a few injuries.

“Jamie Vermiglio is going to be out for three weeks with a groin strain and there is a bit of a flu going around the squad, with Adam Roscoe and Andrew Teague suffering. I am hoping that Chris Denham and John Cunliffe will be back in a couple of weeks.

“It will be great to have Chris back in the team because he has played well with Steve Foster up front and we are lucky to have a Conference standard striker in our ranks.

“I also rate John highly and think he can make an impact.

“Mark Ross is another player that is looking to come back soon.”

Flitcroft said the players were being given a chance to recharge their batteries ready for a training session on Thursday night to work on set-pieces.

“It is my job to get the lads up for the games now and, after looking at the other sides we have faced, I know we will be at the top.” he added.

“Chester got beat 4-1 yesterday and they came up with us so we have started brightly.

“Depending on the injuries, I might need to add to my squad, but I will be looking at that this week.”

- Chorley go to Whitby on Saturday, then Northwich Victoria on Tuesday and the visit of FC United at Victory Park.