Flitcroft determined to build momentum

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Chorley FC manager Garry Flitcroft is desperate to pick up all three points in tonight’s home Evo-Stik Premier Division against Ashton United.

The Magpies performed excellently against a strong Barwell side and came away with all three points after a 3-1 victory.

And the midfield trio of Tom Baker, Dale Whitam and Jake Cottrell particularly impressed him.

He said: “Those three were excellent and I think they will be vital for us this season.”

Striker Darren Stephenson bagged himself two goals and Flitcroft has been particularly happy with the former Bradford City striker’s


He said: “Darren has been excellent – he is still raw but has everything pace, power, strength.

“Since the start of pre-season, he has looked fit and strong and I’m really impressed with him.”

For the Ashton game, Chorley will be missing right-back Kieran Walmsley after he has had a re-occurrence of a groin strain.

Flitcroft added: “I’m gutted for Kieran as he has worked extremely hard in pre-season and the injury has come at the wrong time.

“But he should be back in a week so it isn’t too damaging for us.”

Flitcroft is pleased with the squad he has, and believes it is the strongest squad he has had since he joined the club.

One player that has really impressed is left-back Adam Mather.

He said: “Adam has been excellent for us.

“He is an excellent footballer and he can attack and defend.”

Flitcroft did reserve praise for the travelling fans that made the long trip to Barwell at the weekend.

He added: “I’ve always said our support for the club is absolutely excellent.

“We had over half the crowd at Barwell and I think that shows when it is three hours on the motorway.

“Hopefully we can defeat Ashton and keep on winning then the good vibe spreads throughout the club and we can increase the crowd numbers to what they have been like in our first two seasons.”