Magpies are hot Trophy favourites

Chorley boss Garry Flitcroft
Chorley boss Garry Flitcroft

Chorley will be huge favourites this evening as they bid to win the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy.

Garry Flitcroft’s men face Clitheroe in the final, which is being staged at Bolton Wanderers’ Macron Stadium.

The Magpies will be bidding to claim the trophy for the 16th time in their history, with the most recent success coming in 2012 when they defeated Kendal Town 2-1 in the final.

They were runners-up last season, losing to AFC Fylde in a match which was closer than the 4-1 scoreline suggests.

Chorley warmed-up for their final appearance by drawing 2-2 with the Coasters in a thrilling Conference North derby clash at Victory Park on Saturday.

Having played so many games in such a short space of time, Flitcroft hinted there could be changes in his line-up for tonight.

“You see our bench on Saturday and the lads who didn’t even make the bench – we have got a strong squad,” Flitcroft said.

“There will be some tired legs. We had a tough game on Wednesday night and a tough game on Saturday.

“There will be changes tonight but it won’t weaken us.”

Clitheroe, who are in the NPL First Division North, which is two levels below Chorley, were beaten 8-3 in a bizarre match against Spennymoor Town on Saturday but Flitcroft expects that result to have no bearing on tonight’s game.

“We have had them watched over the last three weeks,” he said.

“It’s going to be a tough game. They will give it everything.

“We are the favourites – I think they will be a very dogged side, but if we play like we can we will win.”