Trophy time for Conference trio

Chris Simm works hard for Chorley against Colwyn Bay last weekend
Chris Simm works hard for Chorley against Colwyn Bay last weekend
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It’s Trophy time for Chorley, AFC Fylde and Southport tomorrow.

The two Conference North high-flyers take a break from the league this weekend as they turn their attentions to the prestigious FA Trophy.

The Magpies face fellow Conference North outfit Guiseley away from home in the first round proper of the competition.

Garry Flitcroft’s men reached the last 16 of the competition last season before going out to Tamworth on penalties. After drawing 0-0 with Colwyn Bay in the league at Victory Park last Saturday, Chorley warmed-up for their clash against Guiseley by thrashing North West Counties outfit Darwen 7-1 at the Anchor Ground in the LFA Challenge Trophy.

However, tomorrow’s match up will be a lot more difficult as the Yorkshiremen are in second spot in the table – two places above the Magpies.

“We haven’t played Guiseley in the league, so it’s a good draw for us ,” Flitcroft said. “We go there in good spirits with the usual huge following supporting us.”

Meanwhile, AFC Fylde also have a team from the same division in the first round of the competition. Dave Challinor’s men take on Gainsborough Trinity, who are below midtable, at Kellamergh Park.

Conference Premier outfit, Southport also begin their FA Trophy campaign tomorrow with a home match against Wrexham.

Gary Brabin’s men will be hoping to capitalise on the feel-good factor surrounding the club at the moment after being paired with Derby County in the FA Cup third round on Monday night

In midweek, they drew with Gateshead in the league – a well deserved away point, although Micah Evans suffered an injury and is doubtful for this weekend’s match.

In the NPL First Division North, Burscough host Brighouse Town and Clitheroe welcome Farsley to Shawbridge.

Lancaster are at home to Scarborough. Kendal Town have no game.