Magpies excited by big derby cup clash

Darren Stephenson celebrates scoring Chorley's third against Harrogate Town
Darren Stephenson celebrates scoring Chorley's third against Harrogate Town

Chorley Football Club are advising fans to arrive early for Saturday’s FA Cup tie against neighbours Bamber Bridge and enjoy the game.

A bumper crowd is expected at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium, with Brig officials anticipating a crowd upwards of 2,000.

Chorley will be sending their own set of officials to the game to help keep control of the crowd.

Club secretary Graham Watkinson, said: “Tyrers will be running a coach at their own cost which departs Duke Street at 1pm, and everybody is anticipating a big crowd so we advise everybody to get there as early as they can.

“Queues are expected so we ask fans to be patient and enjoy it.”

Ticket prices have been confirmed at £7 for adults and £4 for concessions.

The Magpies continued their impressive form in the Vanarama Conference North on Saturday as they dismantled big-spenders Harrogate Town.

An own goal and strikes from James Dean, Dale Whitham and Darren Stephenson earned a fine 4-0 victory.

Chorley boss Garry Flitcroft said: “We won the game in the first half.

“I said to the lads go out there and have a go in the first 20 to 25 minutes and we absolutely battered them.

“It could have been six or seven at half-time and I’m really impressed.”

Dean, Stephenson and Josh Hine all posed a real threat to the Harrogate back line.

The three retained their starting places despite Flitcroft having the services of Harry Winter and Kyle Jacobs available again.

Early-season injury and suspension woes seemed to have left Victory Park for now with long-term absentees Tom Baker and Jamie Vermiglio also resuming full training.

Flitcroft added: “I think people are realising how good this squad is.

“On Saturday, I had to leave out Chris Almond and Jack Lynch – and they are two good players.

“I went for experience on the bench and it’s a nice problem I’ve got now.

“We look a real force, in training and you can tell the lads know it’s a good squad.

“I have said if you get your shirt, make sure you keep it, and I think you can tell in the performances they want to.”

n Chorley hoped to go top of the table last night when they visited strugglers Hyde FC.

A report from the game can be found on our website

www.chorley-guardian.co.uk.