Magpies striking for glory with Almond

Sam Ashton had a quiet afternoon against Stamford
Sam Ashton had a quiet afternoon against Stamford

It was a weekend of mixed fortunes for Chorley boss Garry Flitcroft.

After gaining three points over Stamford with a 3-0 win, the Magpies now sit top of the Evo-Stik League Premier Division boasting a two-point lead.

The former Manchester City midfielder also managed to bring in striker Chris Almond from Southport and persuade fellow frontman James Dean to sign a contract until the end of the season.

However, he has been dealt a blow, after it was revealed after the Stamford game that key defender Keil O’Brien had been carrying a groin strain for three weeks.

Flitcroft said: “Keil may be rested for Wednesday’s game as he’s had a groin strain for a few weeks.

“We may look at bringing a replacement in but it all depends on how Keil recovers.”

Speaking after Saturday’s convincing victory, Flitcroft said: “These sort of games can decide how the league is won.

“When you look at the pitch today, it is a bit of a leveller.

“But we scored three good goals today and created plenty of chances so we deserved to win the game.”

Flitcroft had praise for ‘makeshift’ left-back Paul Jarvis, who is filling in for the injured Adam Mather.

He added: “Jarvo was excellent again at left-back.

“When I look at my squad, my only worry has been cover at left-back.

“But Jarvo has come in over the past few weeks and he has done so well. It’s a nice option to have.”

Debutant Almond impressed on his Magpies debut.

After signing from Skrill Premier outfit Southport on Friday, Flitcroft had no hesitation in putting the striker straight into the starting 11.

He said: “Chris hasn’t had many games and he was stretching his calves at the end which is why I brought him off.

“But you have seen what he’s got today – he has pace, ability and he will be a brilliant asset for us.”

Flitcroft revealed he has received a number of text messages from players at higher levels keen to be a part of the Magpies’ success story, and he is delighted the club is able to attract such players with big reputations.

He said: “I receive quite a few messages off players who want to join this club.

“They are obviously reading and seeing good things, we are getting good crowds and we are top of the league.

“It’s nice when quality want to join you at the club and at the end of the day, they know they will get looked after as long as they work hard.”