CHORLEY boss Garry Flitcroft insists tonight’s huge trip to Evo-Stik League Premier Division title rivals FC United will not decide the destination of the championship – but admits the winners will take a big advantage into the last few games of the season.
The Magpies head to the Gigg Lane home of the Rebels on the back of a stunning 13-1 win over Droyslden on Saturday, a result that took them back to the top of the table, and they can take a massive step towards the Skrill North if they can return with three points.
But the former Premier League star said: “It’s not a title decider – but it will play a big part for us if we could go there and get something.
“There are some big games left for all the sides in the frame but we have to treat it as we treat any other match and do what we do well against a good side.”
FC United have won their last 11 games to rise from 10th in January into the mix and club chiefs are expecting a 4,000-plus crowd for the collision and Flitcroft believes his men will not be phased by the occasion and added: “That’s just what you want.
“You want to play in front of big crowds and it will be some game and we are ready for it.”
Chorley defeated already relegated Droylsden 13-1 on Saturday.
The Magpies goal spree against hapless Droylsden really boosted their goal difference and with plus 60 compared to United’s plus 49, Flitcroft’s men go into the game three points clear of their rivals, who have played a game fewer.
Flitcroft can call on both Keil O’Brien and Keiran Walmsley after suspension for tonight’s clash While most eyes will be turned onto the Gigg Lane action, fans of both teams will be keeping a check on AFC Fylde’s trip to Ilkeston and Worksop’s trip to fading Skelmersdale United.
Padiham aim to continue their push to First Division North safety as they travel to Radcliffe Borough tonight