Title bid means only a victory is good enough

Jack Dorney appeals to the referee after his goal is disallowed
Jack Dorney appeals to the referee after his goal is disallowed

Chorley boss Garry Flitcroft insists tonight’s fixture against strugglers Frickley Athletic is a must-win game.

The match is one of Chorley’s two games in hand over second-placed Skelmersdale United and Flitcroft feels his side must claim the three points at Victory Park.

He said: “The game against Frickley is one of our games in hand.

“It’s a must-win for us and with a win it adds the pressure to the sides below us.”

Flitcroft hinted that two defenders could make a return against the relegation- threatened side and he is pleased his squad is starting to look much stronger.

He added: “We could have Andy Teague back.

“Also Adam Mather could possibly be in contention too, so our squad is looking much stronger and I’m pleased we are getting players back.”

Flitcroft hailed his side’s performance from the weekend after they left Kings Lynn with all three points.

Goals from Darren Stephenson and Dale Whitham seal a 2-0 victory for the Magpies in Norfolk and Flitcroft couldn’t contain his delight about the performance.

He said: “We were superb – it was an away performance that you always want.

“We looked solid and scored goals at good times.

“My lads were brilliant – every single one of them.”

Stand-in skipper Whitham took the plaudits from Flitcroft and the former Blackburn Rovers star is delighted with the form the young midfielder is showing.

He added: “Dale has been in fantastic form for us I think.

“He gives us so much energy in there and he has a lot of quality to his game and he is showing us that now.

“I’m really pleased for him, hopefully we can go up this season and I can take him to play at a higher level.”

Despite the comfortable victory, it did cross Flitcroft’s mind that the three points may not have been coming back to Lancashire.

He added: “When Jack Dorney had his second goal disallowed and the score was still 0-0, I did think a little bit that it might not be our day.

“But I was still really comfortable with how we were performing, and I knew we would create more chances and go onto win the game.”

After tonight’s game, Chorley take on FC United this Saturday in the Evo-Stik Premier Division at Victory Park. Kick off is at 3pm.