CHORLEY boss Garry Flitcroft is hoping his side can bounce back from their midweek defeat at Rushall Olympic on Tuesday night by picking up three points at Witton Albion this weekend.
The Magpies missed the chance to extend their advantage at the top of the Evo-Stik League Premier Division with defeat but remain three points clear of Skelmersdale United with a game in hand.
And Flitcroft is refusing to be too downhearted by the Rushall defeat – an 86th-minute Matthew Wood goal proving decisive. He said: “We are still top of the league by three points with a game in hand so we’re still in a great position.
“We have lost four games all season and it is a fantastic run we have been on.
“We are a good side in this league and we have worked so hard to get to where we are.”
Elsewhere, Ramsbottom United were held to a 2-2 draw against Ossett Town despite their opponents finishing with nine men.
Philip Dean gave the Rams a 13th minute lead but two first half goals in 10 minutes from Shaun Connor and Steven Jeff – the second from the spot – turned the tie on its head.
Rams levelled in the 63rd minute through Daniel Warrender.
The visitors were reduced to 10 men minutes later and a second red card in stoppage time meant they finished with nine but Ramsbottom could not find a breakthrough.
The Rams dropped out of the play-off places and are now in sixth spot.
An Oliver McLean double helped 11th placed Clitheroe to a 3-2 win over New Mills at Shawbridge.
Alex Ralph opened the scoring for the home side after just four minutes McLean doubled the advantage on 26 minutes but within a minute New Mills pulled one back from the spot.
McLean’s second on 53 minutes restored the two goal cushion and the Blues held out despite an 86th-minute second for the visitors.