Chorley looking for a boost

James Dean congratulates Chorley goalscorer Chris Doyle (left)
James Dean congratulates Chorley goalscorer Chris Doyle (left)
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  • Chorley at home to Leamington this evening
  • AFC Fylde travel to Hednesford
  • Bamber Bridge are away to Mossley

The games are coming thick and fast for both Chorley and AFC Fylde in their quest to win promotion from the Conference North.

The Magpies are in action this evening against Leamington at Victory Park, while the Coasters face a tough-looking trip to Hednesford Town.

It is vital that Chorley secure three points tonight against their visitors if they are to maintain their promotion push.

Having picked up just two points from their previous four games, Garry Flitcroft has seen his side slip to eighth in the table.

They required a late equaliser from Chris Doyle to earn a point in an enthralling 3-3 draw at home to Gloucester City on Saturday.

Skipper Andy Teague will be available for selection this evening – he begins a three-match suspension on Saturday for the red card he received against Harrogate Town.

Leamington are below mid-table but they have found some form in recent weeks.

The Brakes thumped Colwyn Bay on Saturday and have registered three wins and a draw from their past five games – their only loss coming against leaders Barrow.

Meanwhile, Fylde’s hopes of ending the season as champions were dealt a slight blow last weekend as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Tamworth at Kellamergh Park.

The result means the Coasters remain in second spot in the table, but they are now three points behind Barrow with just one game in hand.

Manager Dave Challinor said: “We have a lot of games coming up in the next two or three weeks.

“I think going into the middle of March, we will have played one more game than Barrow.”

Hednesford currently occupy a position in the play-offs and will provide a stern test for Fylde.

The Coasters will be able to call upon Bradley Barnes and Josh Langley this evening before they start suspensions.

Meanwhile, Bamber Bridge will be hoping to get back to winning ways this evening when they visit Mossley.

Neil Crowe’s men were beaten 2-1 by league leaders Darlington 1883 on Saturday, which ended a run of four wins and a draw.

Southport can lift themselves out of the Conference Premier relegation zone tonight if they can overcome FC Halifax Town at home.