It’s a tale truly befitting of the FA Cup: Non-League club, preparing for first-round tie, send out an SOS for players just days before the game.

National League North outfit Chorley are due to take on League One opposition in the shape of Fleetwood in just over two weeks’ time, but there’s a problem. They don’t have enough fit and available players.

So the club have taken the imaginative, if not totally original approach of advertising for new recruits.

A tweet from Chorley’s official Twitter account on Wednesday highlighted their need for reinforcements.

It read: ‘Wanted. Keeper and midfielder. Must be able to play against @ftfc in the #EmiratesFACup’.

The minnows, who currently sit seventh in the sixth tier of English football, reached the first round proper thanks to a replay victory over Boston in qualifying.

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