Flitcroft takes positives despite last-gasp letdown

Chris Almond in action against Lowestoft Town
Chris Almond in action against Lowestoft Town

Garry Flitcroft was upbeat about Chorley’s performance against Lowestoft Town on Saturday and felt his side deserved all three points.

The Magpies were denied an opening-day victory in the Vanarama Conference North after Jefferson Louis scored for the Suffolk outfit to make it 2-2 with just seconds left.

Chorley had got off to the worst possible start when falling behind in the opening seconds of the match.

Boss Flitcroft wasn’t best pleased with his side’s start, but felt his troops responded well.

He said: “It was a bad start from us but I thought we recovered really well and dominated play for the majority of the game.

“‘It’s always a killer conceding early, but fair play to our lads they battled back and I thought we dominated them.

‘’The goal at the end was just one of those things – it was a bit of bad bounce in the box and we didn’t clear it properly.”

Flitcroft had particular words of praise for one of his newcomers.

After losing the reliable Keil O’Brien in the summer, it was vital Flitcroft recruited well.

And the former Blackburn Rovers midfielder has placed his faith in the form of former Colwyn Bay central defender Tom Smyth.

Flitcroft added: “I thought Tom Smyth played really well .

“He showed his experience at this level and I think he will be a great signing for us.

“Dale Whitham and Andy Teague also performed well for us – to be honest there were a lot of good performances . We’ve got a really good squad here.’’

Tonight, Tuesday, Chorley visit Frank Sinclair’s Colwyn Bay.

Colwyn drew 0-0 at Solihull Moors on Saturday and the Welshmen will be hoping to replicate the home form which helped steer them towards a top-half finish last season.

But Flitcroft feels three points are definitely there for the taking and his side will be going to Llanelian Road looking for all three points.

He said: “We showed we can compete at this level with our performance against Lowestoft. Colwyn Bay is a game I think we can win but it won’t be easy.

“Frank Sinclair has recruited well but we are good enough to take the points.”

On Saturday, Chorley travel to Oxford City. Places are still available on the coach with prices at £12 per adult and £10 per Under-16.