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Non-league football weekend preview
8:30am Friday 3rd February 2012 in Padiham Football Club
CHORLEY aim to shoot down big spending Evo-Stik League Premier Division leaders Chester tomorrow – and take a major step towards promotion themselves – in front of a packed Victory Park as all eyes turn towards glory.
The Magpies, who have defied the financial odds to stay on the play-off course, go into the all-ticket collision just four points adrift of the leaders and Garry Flitcroft’s men will throw the title race wide open if they avenge the 3-0 defeat they suffered at the Deva Stadium earlier in the season.
It’s a game that Chorley chairman Ken Wright is relishing and said: “If we were to win it would certainly make things interesting at the top of the table.”
The game is all ticket after trouble marred last season’s clash between the sides and Magpies supporters have until 9pm today to get their tickets with no entrance on the day to anyone without a ticket.
And Wright is hoping the day passes off without incident.
He said: “We want this game to be remembered for all the right reasons.
“The trouble that marred last season’s fixture was caused by a small minority and wasn’t reflective of Chorley and Chester fans, the overwhelming majority of whom are decent, law abiding people who just want to cheer on their team.
“I think we can all learn lessons from what happened last season, and we’ve been working closely with the police and officials from Chester FC to avoid any repeat.”
Meanwhile, the Magpies now know the identity of their oppenents in the final of the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy next month. They will play Kendal Town at the Reebok Stadium on Monday, March 12, after the Cumbrians beat Radcliffe Borough on Wednesday.
Unpredictable Clitheroe head off to Moor Lane in the Evo-Stik League First Division North as they go to Salford City looking for three points after their last two games ended in draw.
Despite being two places below Salford in the table, the Blues can travel with confidence as Rhodri Giggs’ men are sliding and are yet to win a league match this year.
Ramsbottom United are top of the North West Counties Premier Division and want to avoid a slip when they welcome managerless Congleton Town to the Riverside, while Barnoldswick Town are hot on their heels and sit in third spot on goal difference behind Bootle.
Barlick welcome Glossop North End to the Silentnight Stadium.
Bacup Borough hope to finally play their first home game since November 11 as Winsford United are set to visit West View, although the weather conditions could yet dictate otherwise.
Colne are ar St Helens Town and Padiham head to Staffordshire for their game at Stone Dominoes.
AFC Darwen entertain Cheadle Town in the North West Counties League First Division - and Nelson and Cheadle Town make yet another attempt to play their First Division Trophy first round tie.
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