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PREVIEW | Bamber Bridge

The Magpies make the short journey up Preston Road this evening for the Partners Foundation Lancashire Challenge Trophy quarter-final tie against Bamber Bridge.

Matt Jansen’s men will be looking to continue their good form of late which has produced three wins in the last four outings, including a last-gasp victory against Colne in the previous round three weeks ago. Their opponents, who sit third in Evo-Stik Division One North, were unbeaten at home in all competitions this season until Ramsbottom United ended the 11-game streak last time out.

Worth the wait: The sides haven’t met in a competitive game since October 2014, when goals from James Dean, Tom Smyth, Josh Hine and Darren Stephenson saw Chorley progress in the FA Cup in front of over 2,000 fans at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium.

Consistency: The Magpies have made the semi-finals of the Challenge Trophy in each of the last four seasons, with Kendal Town the last side to beat them earlier in the competition.

Thrashed: Brig put seven past Southport in round one of this season’s edition, before hitting another four to dispatch Atherton Collieries from round two.

Silverware: Neil Reynolds’ team last won the Challenge Trophy in 1995, beating Morecambe 2-1 at Deepdale. Chorley’s most recent success was against Lancaster City in 2016.

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