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FA CUP | Look back at Tuesday

27 years have passed since the Magpies last reached the first round of the FA Cup, but on Tuesday night that record was dramatically cut short.

An historical 4-3 win in extra time in the fourth qualifying round replay at Boston United set up a mouthwatering tie as Chorley will face League One side Fleetwood Town at the Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium next month.

Backed by a small contingent of Magpie supporters who made the long trip over to east Lincolnshire, Matt Jansen’s side put in a performance of the ages, with Nick Haughton’s hat-trick one to certainly remember.  The 23-year-old, who is on loan from Fleetwood Town has now scored six goals in his last four games.

Club captain Andy Teague was delighted with the side’s character to come back from 1-0 and 2-1 down on the night.

“It means everything,” Teague admitted.  “We battled through and have managed to set up the tie against Fleetwood who I feel as a club we want to aspire to be like, progressing through the leagues and working their way up.  It’s an achievement which is right up there for me and we cannot wait to go toe-to-toe with a League 1 side.”

Marcus Carver, who played the full 120 minutes alongside Andy Teague was also delighted with the result.  “What a game for the neutral,” he said.  “The lads were unreal and showed great spirit to get back into the game and even going down to ten men, that shows what Chorley are all about.”

Chorley chairman Ken Wright, who was manager when the club reached the first round proper in three successive seasons in the late 1980's, was delighted to see the club progress.  “There’s great pride at this club to reach the first round,” he explained.  “Historically this club has done well, but it was a long time ago now so I’m thrilled.”

“The reality is Fleetwood will go into the match as favourites as they’re the League One side.  But you only have to look at the likes of Sutton United and Lincoln City last season for what they achieved in this competition.  Anything is possible.  We’re pleased to have a home tie and look forward to welcoming Fleetwood who we have always had good relations with.” 

The historical news of Chorley’s progress soon spread around social media, with current and former players, supporters and the likes of Fleetwood Town and Bamber Bridge FC congratulating the Magpies on their success.

The Magpies will take on Fleetwood Town on the weekend of 3-6 November with a place into the second round of the FA Cup at stake.

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