Flitcroft is taking nothing for granted

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Chorley boss Garry Flitcroft feels the Magpies will need to be at their best for Saturday’s huge FA Trophy tie.

The Magpies take on Curzon Ashton in the first round proper of the competition, with £5,000 on the line as well as a prized place in the second round.

Flitcroft is full of praise for Saturday’s opponents.

He said: “I watched them against Burscough recently and they are a good side.

“John Flanagan has got them well organised, they are going well in their league and we will have to be at our best to win the game.”

The in-form Magpies defeated Ilkeston 2-1 in the Evo-Stik Premier Division on Saturday with the goals coming from frontmen Darren Stephenson and James Dean.

And Flitcroft was delighted with the performance against a dogged side in front of a bumper crowd of 1,017.

He said: “Kevin Wilson has Ilkeston very organised and recently, they have been playing well without getting the results.

“So I knew it would be a tough game, although apart from their goal in the second half, they didn’t really look like scoring.”

But Chorley were dealt a huge blow on Saturday as the unsung hero of the midfield Jake Cottrell had to leave the pitch after just 10 minutes.

Flitcroft isn’t too sure about the extent of the injury, but he was full of place for Cottrell’s replacement

He said: “We don’t know the full extent of his injury yet.

“Jake is a big player for us he is an unsung hero and gets through so much work for us.

“But Paul Jarvis came on after being injured in recent weeks and he showed fantastic ability and was an excellent replacement for Jake.”

Flitcroft was also delighted with the overall team performance, although he refused to single out anybody else from the game.

He added: “We just gave everything like we do every single week.

“And again we played some good stuff against a decent

Ilkeston side.

“Our winning run is now 11 games and all we can do is keep going.”