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Chorley Vs Skelmersdale 'By Josh Vosper (MUST USE BYLINE) ''chorley_skem3 - Steve Foster scores Chorley's first goal
Chorley Vs Skelmersdale 'By Josh Vosper (MUST USE BYLINE) ''chorley_skem3 - Steve Foster scores Chorley's first goal
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Chorley manager Garry Flitcroft believes his charges are in a good position ahead of the end-of-season play-offs.

The Magpies dealt Skelmersdale United’s automatic promotion hopes a major blow on Saturday when they beat them 2-0 at Victory Park.

It was a welcome return to form for Chorley, who had lost their two previous games against Harrogate Railway Athletic and AFC Fylde.

Chorley are set to be joined in the play-offs by Curzon Ashton, AFC Fylde and Saturday’s opponents Skelmersdale.

Flitcroft said the priority was finishing second or third so they could get a home tie.

“If we can get a game at Victory Park we’ll get a good crowd on and we’ll be a match for anybody,” he said.

“We don’t take any games lightly but we have a good record against the top teams.

“I’ve got a side full of leaders and I think they’re big game players.

“Skem are second but they’ve got some tough games coming up and I think we can grab second spot.

“AFC Fylde are currently third but we’ve got two games in hand on them.

“If we end up playing Skem I think we’ve sent out a bit of message on Saturday because we were different class.”

Flitcroft said he was busy looking at other teams as he prepares for the run-in – and next season.

“It’s also about peaking for the play-offs,” he said.

“We had Jamie Vermiglio and Dale Whitham back on Saturday but Andrew Teague has a bit of a groin strain and John Cunliffe still isn’t fit.

“I’m already thinking about next season. You’ve got to.”

New goalkeeper Chris Howarth is nursing a calf injury so Lloyd Rigby has returned.

Flitcroft said: “We’ve got Wakefield and Clitheroe at home and four away games and I think we’ve got to win at least four of them to get third spot.”

The manager also had some words of encouragement for winger Shelton Payne, who has been warming the bench.

“The playing surfaces haven’t been great for a player like Shelton,” said Flitcroft.

“He is going to be important for us between now and the end of the season.”