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PITCH INSPECTION | Development Squad v Ashton Athletic

After a season of postponements so far, thinks don't appear to be looking any easier for the Development Squad.

With the recent Arctiv snap seeing off the senior squad's home game against Kidderminster Harriers at the weekend, the sub-zero temperatures have taken a toll on the Victory Park pitch which remains frozen in parts. As a result, we have called a precautionary pitch inspection tomorrow morning at 10.30, ahead of the visit of Ashton Athletic.

We will announce the result of the inspection as early as possible.  Should the game go ahead, it will kick off at 1945 Wednesday evening. Entry, as usual will be by donation and the social club will be open throughout.

If the game is called off, our next match is away at top of the table Lancaster City next Tuesday evening, KO 1945 as first meets second in the table in our pre-Christmas clash,

U21 MATCH PREVIEW | RIASA West away

This Saturday sees the Development Squad in a return to league action with a trip across the Pennines to face Leeds-based RIASA West.

With poor weather predicted over the weekend, it is hoped that the 3G pitch at the Westwood Hall Conference Centre will see the match survive after a series of enforced  postponements.

The two sides have met already this season, under the floodlights at the Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium.  The September match saw the young Magpies run out 2-1 winners over the American students.  RIASA is a US-based sports and university programme where players have the opportunity to develop their abilities as part of their football education through playing professional academy/reserve teams. In addition, students will have the opportunity for professional internship opportunities in a variety of fields connected to the sports industry.

The Development Squad have five wins from five games and sit in second place in the Galaxy Lancashire League West, whereas RIASA West are currently in seventh spot on seven points with two wins, a draw and two losses.

For the Development Squad, this will be their first match without David Chadwick in charge, following his move to FC United of Manchester last week.  His assistant, Paul Greenacre was asked if he wanted to step up to the manager’s job and he was happy to take over.

Looking forward to taking over from Chaddy, Greeny said ‘It’s an exciting time ahead of us.  We have a number of established players going out on loan to further their development.’

He added ‘This in turn will hopefully give us room to have a look at other players and start promoting some of the under 18s.’

And addressing some concerns that his management style will mean a different style of play, Greeny said ‘The game plan will be no different.  We’ll continue to work hard and try to utilise our pace.’

Saturday’s match kicks off at 2pm – half time and full time updates will be available via our twitter feed at @Chorley_FC_U21

 

 

BREAKING | David Chadwick Moves On

CHORLEY FC Development Squad manager David Chadwick has decided to leave the club after eighteen months at Victory Park. 

After leading the Under 21s to the Galaxy Lancashire West league title last season, he has stepped down after being offered the Development Squad manager role at FC United of Manchester.  

Chadwick played for The Red Rebels for seven years, wearing the captain’s armband in nearly every match, and lead the side during their rise from the North West Counties second tier to Evo-Stik Premier Division. 

He said: “I would like to thank everyone at Chorley for their support since I helped to form the Development Squad. It’s a great club to have been a part of and I’d like to wish them all the best for the future.”

Chadwick leaves the Development Squad in a positive position.  Although they have played just five matches so far this season, they can boast a 100% win rate in the league.  A handful of players who have good prospects for the future have been loaned out to other non league teams in the area to gain playing time for first team squads. Others have represented the main team in both cup and league games this season. 

We are pleased to confirm that Chadwick’s assistant, Paul Greenacre has agreed to step up to the manager role and will take charge of the Development Squad for their next league game, away to Leeds-based RIASA West this Saturday. 

Everyone at Chorley FC would like to thank David for his time at Victory Park and would like to wish him all the very best for the future.  

 

DEVELOPMENT SQUAD | Final Fixtures of 2017

It’s not far off the half way mark in the U21 season, and after another game fell foul of the weather on Thursday, the squad are now in catch up mode.  Fingers crossed, we’ll fulfil the remaining three fixtures of 2017 and finish this calendar year with eight games under our belts. 

While the senior squad are entertaining Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday afternoon, the Development Squad will be playing away in Leeds as they face RIASA West for the second time this season.  In the home match the lads beat the American student team 2-1 and will be looking to extend their winning run to six consecutive games against the seventh placed outfit.  Kick off is at 2pm.

Their final home game of the year is scheduled for Wednesday 13 December as we welcome third placed Ashton Athletic.  They sit just one point behind the junior Magpies, although having played one game more.  Kick off at the Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium is at 7.45; entry is by donation and the social club will be open throughout the match.  Come down and support the lads under the floodlights and see what is making them a winning force this season.

The Christmas match for the U21s is sure to be a cracker of a game and sees the boys travel to the Giant Axe.  They’ll face current table toppers Lancaster City on Thursday 21 December, with a 7.45 kick off.  The Dolly Blues lead the way in the Galaxy Lancashire League West, however, although they have 17 points to the Magpies 15, they have played two games more.

 

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