Garry Flitcroft on watch

Steve Foster puts pressure on a Bolton Wanderers player.
Steve Foster puts pressure on a Bolton Wanderers player.

Chorley manager Garry Flitcroft is preparing to hit the road as he gears up for life in the Evo-Stik Premier Division.

The Magpies boss is embarking on several scouting missions to find out what he can about this season’s future opponents.

Flitcroft’s attention to detail and watching the opposition was credited with being among the major reasons for last season’s success.

Speaking after Saturday’s 3-0 friendly defeat at home to Bolton Wanderers, he said: “I’ve pencilled in watching a lot of games in the next two or three weeks.

“I’ve got to know the opposition, just like I did last year.

“The big difference is I’ll be travelling a bit further, but you’ve got to do it.”

Flitcroft said he was ‘made up’ by the performance of his team against Bolton Wanderers, despite the defeat, and hasn’t ruled out making more signings.

“I’ve been pleased with our performances against Preston North End and Bolton,” he said.

“On Saturday, their keeper made two great saves (from Steve Foster) and I think their first goal was offside.

“It could have been 5-3 or 6-3.

“The fitness levels look good, and new signing Tom Williams looks quick and is a good replacement for Jack Dorney.

“I might bring in one or possibly two more players, but I’m happy with the squad I’ve got.

“Having Wayne Maden back after six months out is like having a new signing, and he’s improving all the time.

“Mark Ross has been playing in America in the close season and he’s due back.”

Flitcroft said he was delighted by the support for the club – both from fans and sponsors.

“Following the success of last season, we are getting a lot more support from sponsors,” he said.

“Graham Watkinson, of GDW Engineering Ltd, came down a lot last season, and we’re hopeful he’ll come on the board.

“We’ve also linked up with Derian House children’s hospice, and the town is really getting behind the football club.”

Chorley face four away friendlies on the bounce.

They face Charnock Richard on July 23; Bamber Bridge on July 26; Squires Gate on July 30; and Euxton Villa on August 2.