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Chorley dealt Olympic blow
CHORLEY have been dealt a big financial blow after Saturday’s visit of promotion rivals Rushall Olympic to Victory Park was postponed.
The Evo-Stik League Premier Division clash will have to be rearranged as Rushall have been reinstated into the FA Cup.
The Pics lost 2-0 at Gainsborough Trinity in the second qualifying round last month.
But Trinity were kicked out of the competition on Monday after being found guilty of fielding an ineligible player in the tie at The Northolme on September 28.
It means Rushall – and not Gainsborough – will travel to Edgeley Park on Saturday for a third-qualifying round encounter with former Football League outfit Stockport County.
And that leaves Chorley without a game – and out of pocket.
The Magpies had marketed the match as ‘Non-League Day Part Two’.
They attracted a bumper 896 crowd the last time Blackburn Rovers and the rest of the Championship and Premier League clubs were not in action, on the official Non-League Day on September 7.
But Chorley officials were confident of topping that figure for the showdown with Olympic.
Magpies vice-chairman Graham Watkinson said: “It really is a body blow for us.
“We attract a lot of Rovers supporters when they’re not playing or when they’re away from home.
“We fell about 100 short the last time they didn’t play when we were hoping of getting a 1,000-plus gate for Saturday so it is a big financial blow.
“You live a bit of hand-to-mouth existence in non-league and while we’re lucky we have a very loyal bunch of supporters, every bit extra helps. It means we’ll now have gone four weeks without a home game and that is a blow.”
Chorley, managed by former Rovers midfielder Garry Flitcroft, last played at home on September 24.
Saturday’s postponement ensures they will not play in front of their own fans again until October 22 when they are scheduled to entertain Witton Albion.
The Magpies’ disappointment at seeing the game called off was compounded by the fact that they were not informed of the decision to reinstate Rushall into the FA Cup.
Instead Watkinson found out when he looked at the FA’s website. He then contacted the Evo-Stik League for official confirmation that the Premier Division match would not take place.
Gainsborough have until 5pm today to appeal against the FA’s decision but they have given no indication that they will do so.
Chorley are second in the standings behind table-topping AFC Fylde on goal difference.
But such is the competitive nature of the league’s top flight this season, Rushall are just five points behind in 10th.
Watkinson added: “Garry has put a really good team together with some really good footballers.
“There are good teams right through the league.”
The Magpies return to action away to Nantwich Town on Tuesday (7.45pm).
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