The balance is just right, says Flitcroft

Chorley FC V Stafford Rangers at Victory Park
Chorley FC V Stafford Rangers at Victory Park

Garry Flitcroft now believes he has a better balance to his squad now than at any time during his Victory Park reign.

As he prepared his side for tonight’s Evo-Stik League Premier Division clash at Matlock, the Chorley chief said he felt his side were now well equipped in all positions and that was a key factor in the Magpies’ storming start to the season.

“I think we have the best balanced squad I have had in my time here,” he said.

“I just think we have got every area covered now and I think there is a lot of strength in every department.

“We have Kieran Walmsley to come back who is an excellent player, and we also have big Adam Roscoe to come back who I thought was outstanding last season.

“We have got a strong squad this year and the lads know that if they are in the starting 11, they have got to play well to stay there.”

Flitcroft was, like most of the supporters in a healthy 896 crowd at Victory Park on Saturday, delighted to see a second convincing home win in five days as Chorley saw off Stafford Rangers 3-0, a defeat which saw the end of Greg Clowes’ reign as the Stafford boss was sacked on Sunday morning.

Flitcroft said he was particularly pleased that his side had eased to victory despite being missing Darren Stephenson.

The ex-Southport striker, who was the hat-trick hero of last Tuesday’s 6-2 win over Trafford, picked up a minor groin strain prior to the game and failed a late fitness test.

But the Magpies adjusted to deal with his absence, with Josh Hine playing a slightly modified role, and eased to an ultimately convincing win.

“Josh played slightly out of position but he did a fantastic job, and I thought the lads were superb again,” said Flitcroft.

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