Magpies goal heroes now gunning for FC United

Ken Wright with representatives of the Chorley Group
Ken Wright with representatives of the Chorley Group

Chorley boss Garry Flitcroft saluted a heroic performance as his table-topping side thrashed Droylsden and broke records in the process.

The 13-1 victory over The Bloods broke an Evo-Stik League Premier Division record and secured a play-off place for the current season.

The victory now sits third in Chorley’s all-time biggest victories, behind a 14-1 win over Morecambe and a 16-0 demolition of Leyland Motors.

And all this comes ahead of the possible season-defining fixture at FC United of Manchester tonight, Tuesday.

A delighted Flitcroft hailed his side’s performance on

Saturday.

He said: “I thought we were great.

“If you look at it, they came off the back of their two best results, they beat Witton Albion and almost beat Worksop.

“But we’ve absolutely demolished them and that is full credit to my lads, who showed a great attitude.”

Saturday’s victory gave the Magpies’ goal difference a considerable boost too.

They now have an 11-goal advantage on FC United, with many saying that alone is worthy of a point.

And Flitcroft agrees it could prove vital.

He added: “It definitely acts as an extra point, and we said at half-time we needed to keep scoring goals and we did.

“It may prove come the end of the season that we do need goal difference.”

Ahead of tonight’s fixture, Flitcroft insisted complacency will not become an

issue.

He said: “I’ve told people not to get into bad habits and we will make sure we are ready for the game on

Tuesday night.

“It is a huge game but there are still other big games left too.

“However, this one will play a big role for us if we go there and get a result that we need.

“It’s sets it up for a good finale and my lads are looking forward to it.

“There will be a big crowd, a great atmosphere and it’s going to be some game.”

There was more joy for the Magpies off the pitch as three of their defenders were named in the Evo-Stik League Premier Division team of the year.

Skipper Andy Teague, Keil O’Brien and Adam Mather were all named.

The Magpies have also secured a bumper sponsorship deal after the Chorley Group agreed a record seventh year of sponsorship.

The deal, will see the company continue as the club’s main sponsor for the 2014/15 season.

Andy Turner, managing director of the Chorley Group, said: “Whatever happens over the next few weeks, the club have had another great season and we are proud to continue our association with our home-town club.

“The whole town is buzzing at the moment and we are willing the lads to finish the job.”

Flitcroft added: “I’d like to thank Andy and the Chorley Group for their support .

“It’s great to see a local company being supportive of what we are trying to do here.

“And I really hope we can give them something to smile about at the end of the season in the form of promotion to the Conference North.”