Magpies targeting County double

Andy Teague is a fitness doubt for Chorley
Andy Teague is a fitness doubt for Chorley

Recording the first double of the season is Chorley’s target on Saturday when they travel to Edgeley Park to face Stockport County.

The Magpies produced arguably their finest performance of the season so far when they downed the Hatters 1-0 on home territory in September.

If Matt Jansen’s men are to claim maximum points from their fixtures against County this season, then they will have to be at their best.

The former Football League outfit are making a concerted effort to win promotion from the National League North this season.

They currently find themselves five points and four places above their visitors tomorrow and have only lost once on their home patch in the league.

Chorley are on a two-match winning streak after beating Brackley Town 1-0 last weekend, before following that victory up with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Nelson in the LFA Challenge Trophy in midweek.

“I think it was our strongest performance of the season when we played Stockport at our place,” Jansen said.

“I think the difference between the two sides on that occasion was we wanted it a bit more than what they did.

“Given that it is Stockport, there will be a big crowd at the Edgeley Park and we do

lift our game for the bigger matches.

“I will be expecting us to do that on Saturday.”

Jansen gave a number of fringe players a run-out against Nelson and faces selection headaches ahead of the game.

Skipper Andy Teague has missed the last two games with a swollen knee and is a doubt for the game against Stockport, while striker Josh Hine is still nursing a shoulder injury, but should be fit enough to take his place in the squad.

“There is competition for places, which is great,” said Jansen. “It’s not easy picking a first XI. they are all competing for a spot in the team.

One player who will be hoping to sign off in style against the Hatters is loan man Marcus Carver, who returns to Accrington Stanley next week after his 93-day loan runs out.

In the National League, Southport could move out of the relegation zone if they pick up three points a Gateshead.

In the NPL First Division North, Kendal Town host Farsley Celtic at Parkside Road, while Clitheroe travel to Prescot Cables.