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MATCH PREVIEW | Chorley v Southport

Off the back of one of their best performances of the season on Saturday at Salford the Magpies return to The Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium on Boxing Day to face struggling Southport (20th, 22pts), writes Alex Birch

The first of back-to-back games between the sides over the festive period, Matt Jansen’s men will be looking for maximum points, with a chance of heading into 2018 in the playoff places.

The visitors, on the other hand, will be looking towards the opposite end of table as they seek a first win in any competition since the start of September.

 

Quotes

“The Salford result was a statement to the rest of the league. We’ll move on and look to get good results on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day” – Matt Jansen talking to Josh Vosper

“Great performance from the boys today! With the result to match” – Matt Urwin on Twitter

“Great performance today from the boys against a strong Salford team! We go again Boxing Day” – Nick Haughton on Twitter

 

Team news

Dale Whitham and Jake Cottrell will have their fitness assessed but are likely to feature. Josh Wilson serves the second of his three-game suspension.

 

Stats

Tight: The Magpies boast the second-best home defensive record in the Vanarama National League North, having conceded just eight goals in 10 matches.

Struggling: Southport have yet to win under new boss Kevin Davies (6D/6L) after the former Bolton forward took charge in October.

Back in time: Chorley’s last competitive meeting with Southport came in January 2011 when the Magpies triumphed 4-0 in the Lancashire FA Trophy quarter final.

Roadworthy: The Sandgrounders have picked up more points on their travels(12) this season than they have at home (10).

Sharing: Nine different Magpies have found the net at Victory Park in all competitions this season.

 

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COMMUNITY | Manager Matt Jansen and players visit Derian House

Manager Matt Jansen and a number of players paid a special visit to Derian House Children’s Hospice on Thursday afternoon to help spread some festive cheer.

Upon their arrival, they were greeted by Mick Croskery, Community Fundraiser for the organisation, who leaded the manager, Andy Teague, Nick Haughton, Matt Urwin and Josh Vosper on a tour of the facility, meeting staff and youngsters along the way. 

The squad handed out presents, selection boxes and cards to the children ahead of the holiday season. Croskery said: “We really appreciate Chorley FC coming down to support us with the kind gifts and merchandise. It’s amazing to show the club what we do and helps us raise the profile of Derian House. That’s pivotal going forward, working with the community and an organisation such as our local football team.”

Speaking following the visit, Matt Jansen said: “We really enjoyed coming down and it’s such an inspirational organisation. Meeting all the staff and children was wonderful, with it being such a happy place. It’s obviously local to us, which is so important and especially seeing all the work first hand. Obviously, we learn what people are going through and it makes us realise how fortunate we are and I’m sure we’ll do more in the future to help as much as we can.”

Derian House has an enviable reputation in setting exceptionally high standards in children’s hospice care. With a catchment area covering the whole of Lancashire and the South Lakes, it is currently supporting more than 300 families who have a child or young adult suffering from a life shortening condition, as well as providing bereavement support for a further 200 families. For more information visit: www.derianhouse.co.uk

PREVIEW | Salford City v Chorley

The Magpies return to Vanarama National League North action this weekend with a short trip down the M61 to face league leaders Salford City (1st, 50pts) at Moor Lane, writes Alex Birch.

Matt Jansen’s side are looking to bounce back from last Saturday’s disappointing FA Trophy exit at the hands of Marine, but face a tough assignment against the professional Ammies who’ve lost just twice in 20 league games.

Victory over their Greater Manchester rivals could propel Chorley back into the playoff places, but whatever happens on Saturday the hosts are guaranteed top spot for Christmas.

Quotes

“I’m excited about this weekend. I’ve no doubt we’ll turn up at Salford on Saturday, give it everything, and cause them problems” – Matt Jansen speaking to Harry Lyons

“We go again next Saturday and put it right” – Nick Haughton on Twitter

Team news

Jason Walker is a doubt after limping off in the second half of Saturday’s cup defeat. Josh Wilson starts a three-game ban following his straight red card during the same match. New loan signing Dan Mooney could make his debut.

Head-to-head

13/09/16 NLN Chorley 2 Salford 1 (Walker, Whitham; Nottingham)

21/03/17 NLN Salford 1 Chorley 1 (Nottingham; Sampson)

08/08/17 NLN Chorley 0 Salford 1 (Nottingham)

Stats

Streaking: The Magpies have lost just one of their last eight National League North games. 

Machine: The Ammies have won 11 of their last 12 league matches, and conceded only one goal in their last five.        

Festive form: Chorley have lost only three out of 14 league games in December since 2013.                                           

Rusty: Joint managers Bernard Morley & Anthony Johnson haven’t picked a Salford side for three weeks due to the double postponement of their fixture with Darlington.

Match day (23/12/17)

Kick off at the revamped Peninsula Stadium (M7 3PZ) is 3pm, with gates opening at 12.30pm.

Admission is £10 adults, £5 concessions & FREE entry for under-5s.

Parking is on some surrounding streets or there’s a £2-per-car park-and-ride scheme based at IT Lab (M27 8SJ) on the Agecroft Industrial Estate.

 

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