CHORLEY boss Garry Flitcroft is calling on the Magpies fans to roar them to promotion – starting with the Victory Park clash against Stocksbridge Park Steels on Saturday.

The Magpies drew 2-2 with title rivals FC United on Tuesday night despite playing half the game with 10 men following the sending off of Darren Stephenson.

Flitcroft’s side led 1-0 at that point thanks to a James Dean penalty and despite Josh Hine doubling the advantage, the home side scored twice in the last seven minutes to ensure the contest finished all square in front of a crowd of 4,152.

After the game the Chorley boss said: “I want to thank the fans, they were brilliant and they shouted us on when we needed them.

“When you look up at that stand and it is full of Chorley fans it drives the lads on.

“We need them again for our next two or three home games and get right behind us.”

The Magpies boss was quick to back his players after the draw which leaves Chorley three points clear of AFC Fylde and FC United at the top of the table with the latter having a game in hand.

Of Tuesday night’s result, Flitcroft said: “It’s not two points dropped, the players were fantastic.

“FC are under pressure now because they are chasing us. We have put ourselves in a good position now and we just need to win as many games as we can.”

The Chorley boss added that he felt the decision to send off Stephenson on the stroke of half time was a harsh one.

“There is never a punch,” he said. “Darren is not that type of lad.

“It put us on the back foot and we had to dig in. The players were outstanding.”