Magpies fans – we need you now

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Garry Flitcroft is calling on Chorley’s fans to be the team’s 12th man for next week’s play-offs.

The Magpies will play Curzon Ashton on Monday May 2, but results of their final league games on Friday will determine who has home advantage.

Chorley need to make sure their result at Salford is better than Curzon’s at Wakefield if they are to have home advantage.

Flitcroft said: “The support this season has been absolutely fantastic. It has really spurred the lads on and if we can get a home semi-final I’m sure the people of Chorley will get behind us again.

“I’ve told the lads if they can get promoted then we can get 1,000 on the gate next season.

“It’s great for the town and creates a brilliant atmosphere.”

Flitcroft also praised two of his young guns who picked up awards after Friday’s last home game against Clitheroe.

Young left-back Tom Walker picked up the Supporters’ Player of the Year, while Dale Whitham picked up the coveted Players’ Player of the Year award.

Their manager said: “When I first watched Tom he was at left-back and didn’t have the best game. But the first time I saw him in training you could see he was composed on the ball.

“He’s a quiet lad and and, if he keeps improving, he could play two or three levels higher – hopefully at Chorley.

“Dale has done brilliant, and to score 17 or 18 goals from midfield is a great achievement.”

Flitcroft admitted that, although his focus was on the play-off, he thinks that with a bit more luck the Magpies could have pressed Chester City and Skelmersdale for the top spot.

“We’ve had a lot of injuries and there haven’t been many games this season when we’ve been lucky to win,” he said.

“If we’d got a couple of extra wins on the board you never know what could have happened.”