Pre-season form pleases boss

Darren Stephenson just misses out on the ball- Josh Vosper Go2Pics

Darren Stephenson just misses out on the ball- Josh Vosper Go2Pics

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Chorley manager Garry Flitcroft is more than happy with the way his side has performed throughout the pre-season campaign.

Chorley rounded off their pre-season fixtures with a hard fought 0-0 draw away at Mossley.

And Flitcroft has always said ‘pre-season is about fitness the results do not matter.’

For me Chorley have to be competing this season for Championship honours but I think they lack numbers in the goalscoring department.

Apart from the 5-1 thrashing of Salford, Chorley have struggled to score goals.

Josh Hine, Jake Cottrell, Adam Mather, Carlos Roca, Sam Ashton, Paul O’Neill have all signed in the season whilst the Magpies have re-signed defender Mark Ross.

Josh Hine particularly impressed throughout pre-season but as I said goals seems to be a problem.

Darren Stephenson has looked hungry throughout the summer and has impressed particularly against Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers.

But my men to watch this season are left-back Adam Mather and centre-half Keil O’Brien.

Mather has been excellent throughout pre-season at left back and is excellent in both defence and attack.

O’Brien is one of the best centre halfs in the league.

He is rarely beaten in the air and has made the centre half spot along side skipper Andy Teague his own.

The league has to be priority this season for Chorley and if they score goals I think they can compete.

If Chorley’s strikers fire then I think a top three finish is definitely possible.