Chorley FC match is called off

The Magpies celebrate Chris Simm's goal at Hednesford Town on Saturday
The Magpies celebrate Chris Simm's goal at Hednesford Town on Saturday
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Chorley FC’s match tonight against Leamington has been postponed due to a frozen pitch.

A pitch inspection was carried out at Chorley’s Victory Park at 12.30pm today and the Magpies announced shortly afterwards that the game was cancelled.

A new date for the fixture will be arranged.

Their next scheduled match is at home to Gainsborough Trinity at 3pm on Saturday.

Manager Garry Flitcroft had previously said he was still full of confidence ahead of the league tie originally planned for tonight - despite successive defeats.

Last Tuesday, Chorley were dumped out of the FA Trophy as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat at FC United of Manchester.

And on Saturday, despite taking the lead, two individual errors saw the Magpies lose 2-1 at Hednesford Town.

The defeat has seen Chorley drop to eighth in the Vanarama Conference North table and without a win in three games in all competitions.

He said: “I’m not downbeat about Saturday’s result - we’ve got a lot of games in hand and we are still up there.”

Flitcroft rued the two individual errors from centre-half Tom Smyth on Saturday, as both led to the Hednesford goals.

Smyth is still regaining his fitness after having a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to injury.

But Flitcroft is calling on all of his team to cut out the errors once and for all.

He said: “I said before the game people need to do their jobs and Tom unfortunately didn’t do that.

“We can’t keep giving the teams easy goals – I mean we don’t seem to get those goals on the pitch.

“Individuals have to defend better as at the moment, individuals are costing us.”