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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).

 

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