Rossy’s feeling the vibe

Mark Ross
Mark Ross
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Only a few games have been played but Chorley defender Mark Ross is already getting good vibes about what may be in store for the Magpies this season.

The 25-year-old right-back conceded it will be difficult to top what he and his team-mates achieved last season when they were gloriously crowned NPL Premier Division champions.

However, Chorley appear determined to better last season’s title success in their first year at the elevated level of the Conference North.

After 10 games, Garry Flitcroft’s men are in third spot in the table – two points shy of leaders and neighbours AFC Fylde, who ironically were the team which gained promotion with Chorley last season.

The Magpies have won six and lost only two of their 10 games so far and they could go back to the top of the table – if results go their way – with a win over Harrogate Town at Victory Park on Saturday.

Ambitious Ross is not shocked by the way Chorley have begun the new season and believes there is more to come from himself and the team.

He told the Evening Post:“I knew there wasn’t a big difference between the league we won last year and the league we are in now.

“You only have to look at previous seasons – like last year when North Ferriby finished second and Hednesford in the play-offs to see that teams who have come up to the Conference North can do well.

“I’m not surprised to see us doing well – I want us to carry it on. We definitely want to get into the play-offs – if not straight up.

“We were top of the table a few weeks back and we want to get back to top spot – that’s where I want to be.

“We are two points behind Fylde and that’s quite funny because they came up with us and it looks like it’s going to be the same as last year.”

Chorley had a breather from the league last weekend when they welcomed North West Counties outfit Glossop North End to Victory Park in the FA Cup.

A James Dean goal was good enough to seal the Magpies’ passage through to the third round of qualifying where they will face derby rivals Bamber Bridge at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium tomorrow week.

“It was a good game on Saturday,” Ross said.

“I don’t think we expected it to be an easy game and they played well. I would love to have a good run in the FA Cup. We have not gone far in that competition in the past.

“We have got a big derby against Brig next and I love playing in big games and big atmospheres. Brig will be a good game and we’ll be out for revenge after they beat us in pre-season.”

Fresh from booking an FA Cup tie against Buxton at home, after beating Bradford Park Avenue 2-1 in a replay on Tuesday, AFC Fylde host North Ferriby United on Saturday at Kellamergh Park in the Conference North.

Manager Dave Challinor said: “It’s going to be a tough game, we know a lot about them having played them a few times in recent seasons. But we are full of confidence. We went to extra time against Bradford PA on Tuesday, so tiredness may be inevitable but come kick off, the lads will be ready.”

Challinor highlighted the team’s work ethic and desire as the ingredients which have culminated into a strong start to the season.

He added:“We always find positives to improve, even when we are winning and that’s helping us not get complacent. The team have been working hard for each other and it’s important we keep that sort of intensity going.”