Fozzie’s ready for battle

Andy Russell for Chorley FC in their game against Matlock Town
Andy Russell for Chorley FC in their game against Matlock Town

CHORLEY FC ace-marksman Steve Foster says he wants to re-pay Garry Flitcroft for putting faith in him by firing the Magpies to back-to-back promotions.

The 30-year-old was the hero on Saturday when he came on as a second-half substitute to rifle home a 79th minute penalty and wrap up all three-points in the 1-0 victory against Matlock Town.

The ace marksman was cool under pressure as he converted the spot-kick considering he missed his last penalty against Stafford Rangers.

He said: “There were a few nerves as I stepped up to take it but Jamie (Vermiglio) told me that when I scored we would have to do a celebration of craddling a baby for his son Sam Jamie who was born earlier this week.

“It gave me a bit of confidence.

“I did not start the game because I have been struggling with a bit of a back problem and Garry did not want to take a chance on me starting.

“I am just glad that I could come off the bench and have an impact on the game by wrapping up three points.”

Ex-Blackburn Rovers trainee Foster is topping the goal-scoring charts in the Evostik Premier League North with 16 strikes and he believes he has plenty more in him this season.

He said: “Of course I want to keep scoring but the main thing is that the club goes up again.

“I am glad to get the chance to show myself at the higher levels of the sport because I never thought I would get it again.”

The Chorley Nissan Victory Park outfit now lie second in the Evostik Premier League table - five points behind leaders Chester City - and manager Garry Flitcroft believes the players are going to put pressure on their rivals.

He said: “I cannot really see Chester losing five games because they are well-organised outfit but as the results on Saturday showed with them drawing with Chasetown there are no-easy games.

“All we can do is focus on picking up wins and it could go down to the wire when we play them in April.

“The lads were tremendous against Matlock and never really looked like conceding a goal and we want to take that into our game with Ashton United.”

The Magpies missed a host of chances by Andy Russell and Tom Ince but Flitcroft says he was relieved to get the win.

He said: “There were a few nervous moments but the lads came through for us.”

Off the field, momentum is building after more than 110 local firms have signed up to the 200 club trying to raise more than £40,000 for the Magpies.

They are putting together one big push before they hold the draw, which will take place at a special event in March where all ticket holders will be invited to attend by the club.

If you are interested in taking part in the 200 club then you should contact the club’s Commercial Manager John Derbyshire on 07966 308578.