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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!

GRASS GREENER FOR NEW GROUNDSMAN RILEY

The grass is incredibly important when it comes to football, after all, it’s one of the vital tools of the players’ trade. For new groundsman Andrew Riley, it’s a love affair with turf, making sure the quality is second to none.

He is responsible for the pitch at The Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium and loving every minute of it, saying: “I’m really excited about looking after the pitch and making my own decisions. Thankfully the weather has been good so far and hopefully that will continue.”

 Riley, originally from Bamber Bridge who completed a three year Sports Turf course at Myerscough College before getting a job at Reading went on to say: “I studied at college and during that time completed work experience at Preston North End with Pete Ashworth. Afterwards the job came up at Reading, so I moved down there and spent nearly a year with the club. I worked on the nine pitches at the training ground and inside the Madejski Stadium which was great experience. Although after hearing about the job here I moved back home and am so thankful to have been given the opportunity.” 

“I’m very passionate about the job and if you ask my friends and family, they’ll all say I’m massive on grass. I’d like to think what I’ve learnt at college and the experience I’ve build up will stand me in good stead for the future. The best thing about being a groundsman is working outside in the summer, without doubt. Although it’s challenging in the winter when the pitch becomes wetter.”

Chorley FC director Dave Yates, who is also Managing Director at Envirocare got in touch with Andrew regarding the job and he’s never looked back, saying: “There’s so much satisfaction from working on a pitch. I’m quite happy at the moment with what we’ve got at Victory Park. In non-league you can only do the best you can which is what we are trying to achieve here.”

Andrew treats the grass how you would treat a player, ensuring it’s in prime condition for each match. He added: “Timing is everything being a groundsman. Although my favourite part is marking the pitch out. The white lines make such a difference and it finishes everything off. I’m also grateful to Dave Yates and it’s great to have someone of his calibre in the background.

If I need any help he’s got a big company who will provide a helping hand and speed things up. I’m very much looking forward to the challenge ahead and working hard for such a fantastic football club.” 

Andy is also looking for volunteers on match days to help him keep the surface in tip top condition, saying: “One of the most important times to help maintain the pitch is actually during the game, at half time and immediately after, so I am looking for two or three people who are willing to dash on at half time and stay for an hour after the game to replace all the divots.”

Anyone interested in helping Andy can contact him via the club on: 01257 230007 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Magpie In The Spotlight ...

CENTRAL DEFENDER

A proper leader on the pitch, Andy has played a massive role in helping Chorley rise from Evo-Stik Division One North to becoming challengers in the National League North.

A six foot plus, strong centre half, he joined the Magpies in January 2011 for a nominal fee and was soon afterward appointed club captain.

He started his career in the football league with Macclesfield Town but suffered a badly broken leg in a game against Stockport County.  Despite trying to rebuild his profession career he went on loan spells at Tamworth and Hyde United and Tamworth before joining Leigh Genesis then Lancaster.

Off the pitch he is a huge character around the club and is famed for his facial hair!

FORMER CLUBS: Macclesfield Town, Tamworth, Hyde United, Leigh Genesis, Lancaster City

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