MARK MOLYNEAUX has leapt to the defence of under-fire England keeper David Seaman.

Chorley boss Molyneaux, a keeper himself, said people who are not keepers should not criticise.

'It's the Keeper's Union," said 'Molly', slightly tongue-in-cheek as usual.

"I stand by him. I have let one go in like that, you just anticipate that it is going to go to your near post and you ask if the defender on the post could have done more.

"But there was some pace on that ball. It's too easy for people who haven't been keepers to criticise."

The 40-year-old says he, like Seaman, has no plans to retire.

"I can carry on till I'm 45! But I'm not afraid to drop myself. We are looking for a new keeper at the moment actually. We are looking at one or two former League players.

"We have a couple of promising kids but you need experience at this level.

"It looks like the writing's on the wall for Seaman, though."

Chorley travel to Radcliffe Borough tomorrow in UniBond League Division One on the back of a 4-0 hammering of Matlock on Tuesday night.

"It could have been 10," said Molyneaux, whose side have now scored four or more goals on two of the last three league games - but lost the other 1-0.

"We seem to be either hammering teams by four or five or having loads of chances and not scoring and then conceding the odd goal because of one of our mistakes.

"I haven't had anything to do in goal for six games but we keep getting punished every time we make a mistake.

"If you make one mistake in a game, you would hope that luck would be on your side and the ball would hit the post or something."

Molyneaux has a surplus of players at the moment and is trying to trim his squad but has one problem.

"No one wants to leave!" he said. "I have people sitting in the stands not playing in either team but they won't go. It's a nice headache for me."

Jamie Bates may make his comeback from a recurring hamstring injury in the reserves tomorrow.

"He kept coming back too early and getting injured again but we are making sure this time," he said.