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MATCH PREVIEW | Nuneaton v Chorley

The Magpies (9th, 44pts) head to Warwickshire on Saturday for their Vanarama National League North encounter with a galvanised Nuneaton Town (12th, 39pts), writes Alex Birch.

Sitting four points back of the playoffs with 12 games remainingMatt Jansen’s men remain locked in a battle to secure their third post-season berth in four years.

A tricky opponent awaits at Liberty Way, however, as five wins in six games have propelled ‘The Boro’ away from the drop zone, with Dino Maamria’s charges now firmly entrenched in mid-table.

Team news

Matt Jansen has a fully-fit squad to choose from, with Jake Cottrell back in contention after missing Saturday’s victory over Gainsborough through illness.

Quotes

“All games at this level are difficult, but I believe we can go the rest of the season unbeaten. We’re more than good enough to do that” – Matt Jansen speaking to Harry Lyons

Last meeting

The Magpies came from two down to salvage a draw under the lights in a pulsating game back in November. Josh Wilson and Matty Hughes were Chorley’s scorers, cancelling out earlier goals by Jordan Nicholson and Ashley Chambers, in front of 1,306 fans.

Previous campaigns

08/08/15 NLN Chorley 2 Nuneaton 3 (CarverHine; Maguire, Williams, Morgan)

19/12/15 NLN Nuneaton 2 Chorley 2 (Williams 2; TeagueStephenson)

05/11/16 NLN Chorley 1 Nuneaton 0 (Carver)

08/04/17 NLN Nuneaton 1 Chorley 1 (Chambers; Whitham)

Stats

Blank: Saturday’s clean sheet against Gainsborough was the Magpies’ fourteenth in the league this season, and sixteenth overall.

495 minutes: In what is their best defensive streak since August 2015 (344 minutes), Nuneaton haven’t conceded a goal since Harrogate’s Terry Kennedy beat Dean Lyness on January 9.

Away days: Chorley have gained points in nine away league games, conceding just three goals in the process.

Home comfort: Since Dino Maamria took charge at the end of October, Nuneaton have lost only two of seven home league matches (3W/2D)

Match day (24/02/18)

Kick off at Liberty Way (CV11 6RR) is 3pm

Admission is on the gate: £14 adults, £12 over-65s, £3 youngsters 16-and-under, FREE accompanied children 10-and-under, while main stand transfers cost an extra £2

Programmes are £2.50

Parking at the ground is £2 cars, £5 minibuses & £10 coaches

Can’t make the game? We’ve got you covered. Our live match coverage from Liberty Way will be available on Twitter (@chorleyfc) and Facebook from 2.15pm, with Harry Lyons guiding you through the afternoon’s events. Oran Willis’ match report will be available on this very website straight after the final whistle, followed by Josh Vosper’s interview with Matt Jansen.

Come on you Magpies!

FOOTBALL CLUB SUPPORT LOCAL NETBALL TEAM

Chorley FC have announced they’ll be supporting another team this season, Chorley Magpies. The local netball side is made up of students, office workers and housewives who have been playing together for the last eight years. Last season they finished a creditable fourth in Division Two at Witton Park, Blackburn.

Captain Lorraine Nicholls said: “The name ‘Chorley Magpies’ was suggested because we all live in the town. I approached the football club a few seasons ago, asking if we could use their name, which of course they were happy for us to do so. I have worked in the office at Duke Street Primary School for over 20 years, which is adjacent to Victory Park and it is great to be involved with the football club.”

Although this season the netball team contacted the Vanarama National League North side, asking if they could provide kit for the team. Lorraine explained: “We was struggling with sorting a kit this season, so I thought I’d ask the club for support. They have been more than helpful and paid for brand new dresses from their new kit manufacturer, EV2 Sportswear.”

Club Development Officer Gerry Luczka said: “There’s always been a strong desire to make the local community an integral part of the club. When the netball team contacted us, we was more than happy to help them out and used The Football Conference Trust money we received last season to provide support. We intend to keep working with local teams such as this and also schools to deliver more football coaching activities as well as offering a range of sport programmes during the holiday breaks.”

Magpie In The Spotlight ...

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A yound defender signed in the summer of 2017 from Wigan Athletic

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