Magpies are chasing double glory

Jack Dorney faces a fitness test
Jack Dorney faces a fitness test

Chorley will be gunning for glory on two fronts this season.

The Magpies are right in the promotion picture in the Conference Nort, but they also have the nice distraction of a Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy final to look forward to.

It was on Tuesday this week that Garry Flitcroft’s men booked their place in the showpiece final at Bolton Wanderers’ Macron Stadium thanks to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Holker Old Boys.

It is the second successive season that Chorley have reached this stage of the competition – last year they were beaten 4-1 by AFC Fylde.

They were winners in 2012 and Flitcroft reckons more silverware will be coming his team’s way in the final against either Clitheroe or Atherton Colleries on Monday, March 16.

“To be honest it could have been six or seven on Tuesday, I thought we were really good, attitudes were great and we played some good stuff on a nice surface,” Flitcroft said.

“Our tempo on Tuesday was excellent, the lads looked hungry and we didn’t stop until the final whistle, plenty of the lads impressed and we never gave them any opportunities to play.

“We go to the Macron Stadium and we will be wanting to win the competition – winning breeds confidence and the lads are certainly confident at the moment.”

Chorley are back in league action tomorrow as they look to bounce back from last weekend’s loss at Gloucester City when they visit Harrogate Town this weekend.

“The lads were disappointed against Gloucester as we had enough second-half chances to win the game but we bounced back in the right way and we cannot wait for tomorrow.

“Harrogate started the season slowly. Now they are picking up points but we’ll go there in good heart – nobody will fancy playing against us.

“I’ve got a good side here, the lads want to work hard and want success.”

Jack Dorney is a slight doubt tomorrow after limping off on Tuesday with tight calves.

Meanwhile, AFC Fylde moved back to the top of the Conference North after ending a three-match losing streak with a 3-0 victory over Boston United in midweek.

The Coasters are away to bottom side Hyde this weekend.

In the Conference Premier, Southport travel to Dover.