Magpies on a hot streak

Garry Flitcrift wants another three points this weekend
Garry Flitcrift wants another three points this weekend
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Chorley will be looking to make it four victories on the bounce when they tackle Gloucester City at Victory Park tomorrow.

Another win would really strengthen their hand in the Conference North play-off mix, the Magpies currently in fifth position.

They have a number of games in hand over the teams above them – six in the case of third-place Tamworth.

In recent weeks the weather has hindered them, the wins over Gainsborough, AFC Fylde and Stalybridge Celtic spread over 18 days with postponements in between.

For the next few weeks it is going to be Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday football for Chorley as they look to play catch-up.

That is a schedule which Magpies boss Garry Flitcroft believes the squad can cope with.

Flitcroft said: “We have a strong squad – if you look at our bench, we’ve got quality on there and Paul Jarvis is still to return to the squad, as are a few others.

“There is a good positive spirit at the moment and the lads are in good heart.

“They’re bouncing in the dressing room and enjoying training.

“When they are in that sort of mood it makes for good results.

“There are never any easy games in this league. Gloucester will come and expect to give us a good game.

“But if you look at our home record it’s a good one. We are in good form at the moment and nobody will come and fancy playing us at home.

“The fans need to get behind us now – we’ve not had a lot of homes games on at the moment.

“They need to come in their droves and sing when they get to our place. We don’t want it quiet – we want them to create an atmosphere for us like they do away from home.”

Chorley’s 1-0 win over Stalybridge on Tuesday night came courtesy of a James Dean penalty.

Gloucester come to Lancashire in 16th place in the table.

Among their squad is former Preston North End midfielder George Miller.

He came through the youth ranks at Deepdale and made a handful of first-team appearances.

Miller, who hails from Lostock Hall, then moved on to join Accrington

Elsewhere in the Conference North, AFC Fylde enterain Harrogate Town.

In the Conference Premier, Southport entertain Macclesfield hoping to bounce back after their midweek home defeat to Eastleigh.

In the NPL First Division North, Burscough are at home to Padiham, and there is derby action as Clitheroe host Kendal Town.