It's Sinclair v Flitcroft for Chorley clash

Frank Sinclair

Frank Sinclair

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CHORLEY visit Colwyn Bay tonight in Conference North action with a Blackburn Rovers v Burnley edge to the fixture.

The Magpies, who drew 2-2 with Lowestoft Town in their season opener on Saturday, are managed by former Ewood Park midfielder Garry Flitcroft while ex-Clarets defender Frank Sinclair is in charge at the Welsh club.

That East Lancashire derby connection will add an extra edge to the game with both sides looking for their first win of the new season.

Colwyn Bay drew 0-0 with Solihull Moors on Saturday with Sinclair sent off in the second half after swearing at the referee.

He will be able to take his seat on the bench for the visit of Chorley with league rules dictating a two-week wait before a suspension kicks in.

And the former Chelsea man will be looking to get one over Flitcroft.

Both players played in the Premier League with Sinclair playing 288 times for Chelsea and Leicester as well as making just under 100 appearances for Burnley during a three-year stay at Turf Moor.

Flitcroft played 301 times in the top-flight with 200 of those games for Rovers while he also enjoyed Premier League spells with Manchester City and Sheffield United.

There will be another East Lancashire derby connection in the dugouts with Flitcroft assisted by ex-Rover Matt Jansen and former Claret Ade Akinbiyi on Sinclair’s coaching team.

The Colwyn Bay boss is waiting on international clearance to come through for former Chorley man Aaron Rey, who he hopes to name in his squad.

“Aaron was down to play on Saturday, but we had to make a late change when his clearance failed to come through,” said Sinclair.

“We are doing everything we can to chase it up and hopefully we will get it in time for him to be involved on Tuesday because he gives us another attacking option.”

Sinclair, who was sent off for Chelsea at Ewood Park in 1993, saw red in the weekend draw with Solihull Moors but will be in the dug-out tonight.

He said: “I lost my cool over a penalty decision I thought we should have had and I regret that. I went in to apologise to the referee afterwards.

“Respect is a big thing now and I appreciate that, but sometimes you just carried away in the moment.”

Chorley will be without Darren Stephenson and Kyle Jacobs through suspension.

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