AFTER the buzz of the FA Cup, it’s down to the "boring" league campaign.

Chorley made the headlines with high-profile cup wins against Wigan Athletic and Peterborough United to set up a third round tie with Derby County in the new year.

But Magpies boss Jamie Vermiglio can now put that to back of his mind and focus on getting Chorley up the National League North table – starting with a trip to Alferton Town tomorrow.

“The cup has obviously been great for us but we can forget about that for now,” said Vermiglio. “We can concentrate on the league which you could say is boring but that is what we will be judged on.

“At the start of the season you don’t talk about cup runs, you talk about play-off places. Don’t get me wrong, the cup has been and is brilliant for this club, especially the money it has been generated.

“But a successful season for us will be getting in to the play-offs.”

After a difficult start to their campaign following relegation from the National League, the cup has been a real confidence-booster.

The Magpies are currently on an eight-game unbeaten run in all competitions and up to 15th place in the league thanks to Tuesday night’s 1-0 win over Guiseley.

“The cup wins have certainly boosted confidence,” said Vermiglio. “I was saying to the players that had all 14 games been in the league, we would be on 24 points and that is play-off form.

“We’re unbeaten in eight with five wins and three draws and that is title-winning form so those cup wins, even the ones against Gateshead and York, have really helped grow in confidence.

“It’s all positive at the moment.”

A trip to Alferton is a far cry from taking on League One high-fliers Peterborough and Vermiglio is expecting his side will have to roll their sleeves up and get stuck in.

“It’s going to be a totally different type of game,” he said. “Alfreton are strong, rigid and aggressive, so it is going to be tough. We are definitely going to have to be on top of our game.”

Chorley have a quick return with Guiseley on Tuesday in the second round of the FA Trophy.

“Another tough one,” added Vermiglio, whose side will go to Stockport County should they win. “They will be out for revenge for sure. The cup draws haven’t been too kind on us but we haven’t done too badly!”