Chorley FC boss Garry Flitcroft believes there will be one added incentive for trying to get into the play-offs this season – because it was what one of the club’s former members would have wanted.
The club were rocked last week when club secretary Harold Taylor sadly passed away after a period of illness.
Harold joined the club from Leigh RMI at the same time as Flitcroft, having been involved with the Railway men dating back to their Horwich RMI days.
Harold’s funeral will take place at St Catherine’s Church, Horwich, at 1pm tomorrow, Thursday.
But Flitcroft believes the players have clubbed together and are determined to go up for Harold.
He said: “I thought our team spirit on Saturday against AFC Fylde was a different class.
“It was totally different to Tuesday night when we played Cammell Laird as Harold’s death affected the players hard.
“Some of them knew Harold since I came here and they got on really well with him.
“On Tuesday night I could see some of the players looking up to the sky and they were thinking about him.
“Harold had a big impact on what we are trying to do here and he loved the club. I was even talking to him in his hospital bed about the team and formations.
“I said to the lads before Saturday’s match that Harold would have wanted us to get promoted and that is why we won.
“I think that we are going to have to show that kind of spirit for the rest of the season.
“The AFC Fylde game was one that we had to win and it took us up to sixth with one point off the play-offs.
“We have proved that we can play ourselves into the promotion spots and we need to stay here over the next couple of weeks.
In recent months, the Magpies have found scoring hard to come by, but in the past two matches, Adam Roscoe has risen to the occasion, grabbing the headlines with two goals in as many matches.
Flitcroft said: “To be fair Adam is having another great season again.
“He always gives 120 per cent in everything he does and you could see that with the winner on Saturday.
“He is an asset in our own box as well as the opposition and for a tall player he is really skilful.”