Home sweet home at last for Magpies

Jamie Vermiglio put in a captains performance
Jamie Vermiglio put in a captains performance

Ahead of a long-awaited home game, Chorley have learned they will take on Matlock Town in the FA Trophy.

The Magpies haven’t played at home since September 24 so the club and supporters have been pining for a fixture at Victory Park.

Upon the news of the draw, secretary and board member Graham Watkinson said: “Just like buses, we have no home game for weeks then two come at once!”

Tonight’s Evo-Stik League fixture against Matlock Town could be seen as a rehearsal for the third-round qualifying tie.

A prize of £4,000 is up for grabs for the winners in the trophy, but boss Garry Flitcroft wants to concentrate on tonight’s league fixture, which kicks off at 7.45pm.

He said: “Tonight is a big game as Matlock are going well and it is going to be a tough encounter.

“But with the form we’re in, I

expect us to win the game.”

The Magpies defeated Soham Town Rangers on Saturday with both goals coming from ex-Skelmersdale United man Josh Hine.

And Flitcroft was full of praise for not just Hine, but for all of his side.

Flitcroft said: “Josh did great again and he probably could have had a hat-trick.

“All he needs to do is keep playing like he is.

“I thought James Dean ran the line superbly and I thought Jamie Vermiglio was outstanding yet again.

“But unfortunately, I think he might have picked up a little injury which is a shame because I thought Jamie was the stand-out player.”

Conditions dominated on Saturday, with strong winds proving to be a key throughout the 90 minutes.

The pitch also came in for a bit of criticism from Flitcroft.

He said: “You come to lower league clubs and the pitch wasn’t great and it always ends up being a leveller.

“But what pleased me was that our quality shone through.

“We had the wind first half and I thought we dominated play.

“It was disappointing to concede so late on in the first half, but I though we did well in the second half and playing against the wind probably suited us much more.”

The club took the decision to send the players down to Soham on Friday night to help improve the preparation.

And Flitcroft was delighted with the reaction he got from his lads.

He added: “We prepared well, the lads were superb, and going down the night before really helped us.”

Tonight’s opponents Matlock sit fifth in the Evo-Stik League Premier Division.

And it is back to the road again this Saturday as Flitcroft takes his players to Staffordshire to take on struggling Stafford Rangers, who are second bottom after winning only twice all season.