One thousands reasons to cheer on Garry’s Magpies

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Chorley boss Garry Flitcroft is confident the Victory Park gate can pass the 1,000 mark this weekend.

The Magpies face Matlock Town on Saturday for a place in the first round proper of the FA Trophy.

The tie is worth £4,000 in prize money to the winners and Chorley defeated their opponents 3-1 in an Evo-Stik Premier League game just one week ago.

Flitcroft is more than confident going into the tie and hopes fans can turn out in their numbers.

He said: “The town is buzzing about the football at the moment.

“It’s the international break this coming weekend so hopefully everybody turns out and we can pass that 1,000 barrier like we have done in the past.”

Prior to Matlock, Chorley take on Kendal Town tonight in the Doodson Cup and Flitcroft is expecting to make a few changes.

He said: “We have a few niggles so I’ll be making a few changes around the squad.

“Aaron Grundy will definitely be starting but we will be going to continue our run and win the game.”

The Magpies defeated Stafford Rangers 3-1 on Saturday to move to the top of the league with goals from James Dean, Josh Hine and Andy Teague.

And Flitcroft was delighted with yet another solid performance on the road.

He said: “I thought we played great in difficult conditions, and there were some excellent performances, especially from Andrew Teague, Josh Hine and James Dean.”

Flitcroft also praised new signing Paul Woolcott, who put in an excellent display.

He added: “Paul played very well today even though it wasn’t his pitch to be honest.

“He’s sat in there and broken things up and played some neat passes.”

Flitcroft also sympathised with Alex Meaney and Brandon Zibaka, who missed out at the weekend.

He said: “It shows what quality we have.

“Having to leave both the lads out was hard but they will both be involved tonight.”