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MATCH PROGRAMME | Harrogate Town

The heroes from the game at Salford City feature on the front cover of Saturday’s latest edition of ‘Magpie Review’ - our matchday programme. Issue 17 against Harrogate Town is packed with plenty content and will also feature a big interview with skipper Andy Teague as he approaches 300 appearances. Chief Executive Dave Riche also talks about plans for 2018 and beyond.  

Other features include the usual from Stan Miguel and 20 Questions from Adam Blakeman. Copies are priced at just £2.50 each and are available from sellers inside and outside The Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium, plus club shop from 12pm on Saturday. 

INSIDE ON SATURDAY…  

  • The Manager with Matt Jansen  
  • The Skipper with Andy Teague 
  • Club News looking at recent goings on 
  • Dave’s Diary by Dave Riche 
  • Action Replay against Salford City and Southport 
  • Grandstand View by The Roving Mike 
  • A Load of Balls by Josh McLoughlin 
  • Today’s visitors Harrogate Town 
  • Opponents Spotlight - Who are ya
  • Big Interview with Andy Teague 
  • A-Z of Past Players by Paul Metcalfe 
  • Magpies Archive 
  • Northern Mutterings by Stan Miguel 
  • 20 Questions with Adam Blakeman 
  • Community News 
  • Chorley FC Supporters Trust Matters 
  • Commercial Corner by Josh Vosper
  • Today’s Sponsors - Rivington Accounts and C & W Berry Ltd 
  • Player Sponsors 2017/18 
  • National League North Review by Declan Maher 
  • Table and Fixtures 
  • Player Stats and Appearances 
  • Fixtures and Results 2017/18 

MATCH PREVIEW | Chorley v Harrogate

The Magpies (10th, 34pts) head into their first home game of 2018 looking to banish the memory of defeat to Southport last time out with victory against title-chasing Harrogate Town (2nd, 47pts), writes Alex Birch.

Matt Jansen’s men will be attempting to continue their push towards the playoff places as they attempt to improve on the fantastic progress made in 2017.

Standing in their way are Simon Weaver’s Wetherby Road outfit, who have automatic promotion on their radar less than a year after turning fully professional.

Quotes

“I was disappointed with the result (at Southport) but not the performance. We’ll focus on Harrogate now. Playing against Harrogate we’ll raise our game, and I’m expecting everyone to raise their game. I believe in the guys and I think we’ll have a great 2018” – Matt Jansen talking to Josh Vosper

Team news

Defenders Scott Leather and Adam Blakeman will be assessed after both players limped off in the early stages on New Year’s Day. Stephen Jordan could be rested, but Josh Wilson returns to the fold after missing the Festive fixtures through suspension and new Burnley loanee Khius Metz should feature.

Last time around

The Magpies suffered their biggest defeat of the season at Harrogate in August when the Yorkshire side prevailed 4-1 with braces from Simon Ainge and Jordan Thewlis. Marcus Carver replied for the visitors, who also had Scott Leather sent off.

Previous seasons

29/08/15 NLN Chorley 0 Harrogate 1 (Clayton)

28/12/15 NLN Harrogate 2 Chorley 4 (Yates, Knowles; Stephenson (2), Teague, OG)

08/10/16 NLN Chorley 1 Harrogate 0 (Blakeman)

18/03/17 NLN Harrogate 2 Chorley 1 (Leesley, Ainge; Sampson)

Stats

Tight: New Year’s Day was the first time since the reverse fixture against Harrogate in August the Magpies had conceded more than two goals in a Vanarama National League North match.

Missing: Town have three first team regulars unavailable through suspension on Saturday after red cards were handed out to Simon AingeTerry Kennedy, and Will Burrell over the Christmas period.

Victory: Chorley have won six of their last eight calendar year home openers, with last season’s loss to AFC Fylde the only defeat in that span.

Onion bag: Harrogate have scored 28 goals in 11 away league games this season, good for second in the division behind Blyth Spartans (29).

 

BREAKING NEWS | Young Striker Joins Magpies

Chorley FC have signed youngster Khius Metz on loan from Burnley FC until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old Republic of Ireland international becomes Matt Jansen’s first signing of 2018 and will strengthen his attacking options ahead of an important fixture at the weekend against Harrogate Town. 

After completing his two-year scholarship at Turf Moor, Khius was offered a 12-month deal with the club. However injury curtailed his progress later that season with the Clarets extending his stay in the summer of 2017 to compensate.  

Manager Matt Jansen said: “I’m delighted to welcome Khius to our club and he comes highly recommended. His biggest strength is obviously pace and goals will be key for us as we head towards the end of the season so bolstering our striking options is vital. It’ll also be good for him to play against varied opposition in the National League North and show what he can do.” 

CLUB SHOP | Order Third Kit

Due to popular demand our blue third kit will be available for fans to order exclusively from the club shop. Sponsored by The Chorley Group, the shirt completes the Magpies kit collection for the 2017/18 season with both home and away also proving hugely popular with supporters. 

A club spokesman said: “After listening to feedback from our fans we’re delighted to take orders for our third kit. The blue really stands out when we wear on match days and we’ve already won some great games in it, notably Salford City just before Christmas.” 

Price for the shirts is £37.50 for adults and £27.50 for junior sizes. If you’d like to order email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, address, contact phone number and size required. 

MATCH REPORT | Southport 3-0 Chorley

Chorley came unstuck on a miserable New Year’s afternoon in Southport as the hosts scrapped out a flattering 3-0 victory for their first home win in four months.

Read more: MATCH REPORT | Southport 3-0 Chorley

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