Flitcroft desperate for glory at the Reebok

Paul Jarvis on the run against Worksop Town
Paul Jarvis on the run against Worksop Town

Chorley boss Garry Flitcroft is eagerly anticipating Monday night’s LFA Challenge Trophy final against AFC Fylde.

The game will be played at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium and the fixture will be the third time the sides have met this season.

On both previous occasions, Chorley have ran out 1-0 and 3-1 winners.

However, Flitcroft refused to underestimate Monday’s opponents and issued a rallying call to the fans.

He said: “Monday won’t be an easy game but it’s definitely going to suit us.

“The Reebok is a brilliant pitch – it’s nice and flat and we will benefit from that.

“Fylde are a good side – I have always said that – but so are we and it has the makings for a good game.

“I hope the fans turn out in their numbers.

“They have been absolutely brilliant this season and I hope we can have a big crowd supporting us.”

Tickets are still available for the final and all the information can be found in our Magpies news off the pitch column on Page 79.

Prior to Monday’s cup final, the Magpies have Evo-Stik Premier Division duty to attend to.

The leaders take on Rushall Olympic looking to build on Saturday’s fine 1-0 victory over fellow high-fliers Worksop Town.

But again Flitcroft feels the game won’t be easy and anticipates a physical encounter.

He said: “For the first time in a while, we have a whole week off.

“The lads will be able to have a rest and we will them get working hard in training on Tuesday and Thursday.

“Rushall are a good side, and they are big and strong, so it won’t be easy, but I always have confidence in my lads and we will be going flat out for all the points.”

Saturday’s Victory over Worksop was also a special day for Chorley Mencap.

Mencap are the Magpies chosen charity and the club honoured the day by playing in limited-edition yellow shirts.

More than £550 was raised for the charity during the game.

Each shirt that was worn will now be signed and framed ready for auction/sale.

The club have already raised £500 in the sale of both Andy Teague and Sam Ashton’s shirt.

All sales on the shirts will also be donated to Mencap.

Vice-chairman Graham Watkinson said: “We put the day on to support the Chorley Group and help raise plenty of money for Mencap.

“Mencap are the Chorley Group’s chosen charity and I’m really pleased with how much we have raised.

“I want to say thanks to the fans as well.

“They all dug deep in their pockets and raised plenty of money which we really hoped we could.”

If you are interested in buying a shirt or would like to make a bid, contact director Jeremy Lee on 07774 197303