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MATCH PREVIEW: Gainsborough v Chorley

The Magpies (10th, 40pts) head to Lincolnshire this evening for their twice-rearranged league encounter with Gainsborough Trinity (20th, 28pts), writes Alex Birch.

The first meeting between the sides this season, due to FA Cup commitments and bad weather, comes at a crucial stage of the campaign with Chorley looking upwards at the playoff places and Trinity furiously battling against the drop.

Team news

Aside from Matt Challoner sitting out the third of his three-match suspension, Matt Jansen has a full squad to choose from.


“The reaction in the dressing says we’ll come out fighting. We’ll go into Gainsborough full of anger, full of fight, and hopefully get the three points” – Matt Jansen talking to Harry Lyons

Previous campaigns

24/11/15 NLN Gainsborough 2 Chorley 1 (Wilson, Davis; Jarvis)

09/04/16 NLN Chorley 3 Gainsborough 1 (CharnockEvansStephenson; Jarman)

12/11/16 NLN Gainsborough 0 Chorley 2 (WhithamSamizadeh)

01/04/17 NLN Chorley 4 Gainsborough 0 (Walker 3Carver)


Three points: Since winning promotion to the Vanarama National League North in 2014, the Magpies have won five of six meetings with Trinity, scoring 18 goals in the process.

Nice to be home: The Holy Blues have won five of their last seven home league games, but just six of 13 this season overall.

Match ball: Jason Walker scored the only hat trick by a Chorley player last season in the 4-0 win over Trinity in April.

Goal shy: Gainsborough have failed to score in four of their last six league games.

Yeller belly county: Over the last three and a half seasons, visits to Lincolnshire have proved fruitful for Chorley withfive wins and a draw across nine matches.

Match day (30/01/18)

Kick off at The Gainsborough Martin & Co. Arena (DN21 2QW) is 7.45pm.

Admission is £12 adults, £8 concessions, £4 under-16s & FREE for pre-schoolers.

Programmes are available for £2.50.

Parking is available on surrounding streets, or opposite the ground for £2.

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