Trophy thriller leaves a bittersweet taste

James Dean scores a thunderbolt for Chorley's second goal
James Dean scores a thunderbolt for Chorley's second goal
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Garry Flitcroft was left with a bittersweet taste after Saturday’s FA Trophy second round tie against FC United of Manchester.

The Chorley boss admitted his frustration after his side threw away a two-goal lead against the Evo-Stik Premier Division side.

But after going 3-2 down, the Magpies did at least fightback to secure a replay which will take place at Curzon Ashton’s Tameside Stadium, tonight, Tuesday, with kick off at 7.45pm.

Flitcroft said: “We are a little bit disappointed but we knew the second half would be tough against the wind.

“We benefitted from it to go two nil up, and we said to the lads go and do it again.

“But I thought we then gave them two poor goals.

“It made for a great game at 2-2 and then they went 3-2 up, and all credit to my lads they are never down and we ended up with a draw.”

The winners odf the replay will host AFC Fylde or Telford United in the third round.

Prior to Saturday’s tie, defender Kyle Jacobs departed the Victory Park Stadium and returned to former employers Stockport County.

Full-back Jacobs struggled for fitness during his time with the Magpies and work commitments made it an easy decision for the former Oldham Athletic man.

The Magpies now hope to strengthen ahead of Saturday’s trip to Hednesford .

Flitcroft added: “Hopefully I’ll be able to bring somebody this week, but it’s all about tonight’s game first.

“It’s a great surface at Curzon Ashton and I hope the conditions don’t dictate the pla.

“We are buoyed by staying in the tie on Saturday so we are full of confidence.”