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MATCH PREVIEW: FC United v Chorley

The Magpies (10th, 40pts) face old foes FC United of Manchester (13th, 36pts) under the lights on Friday, attempting to halt their hosts’ excellent home record while continuing to battle through a tough start to 2018, writes Alex Birch.

With the Vanarama National League North playoff positions still very much up for grabs, another away win against a local rival would be just the fillip for Matt Jansen and his team.

Standing in their way are Tom Greaves’ Red Rebels, whose mid-table position belies an impressive record since the player/manager took over three and a half months ago.

Team news

New signing Alex Newby should feature after his move from Clitheroe, while fellow new faces James Barrigan and Josh Gregory are available for selection. Matt Challoner returns after serving a three-game ban, but Adam Blakeman is doubtful after limping off during the second half at Gainsborough Trinity last Tuesday. Guiseley loaneeLee Molyneux may deputise.


“We’re playing well, we’ve got 14 games left, and I want to get 30 points from those games. I see no reason why we can’t do that” – Matt Jansen talking to Josh Vosper

Last time out

Chorley prevailed in the final game of Karl Marginson’s reign as FC United boss back in October. Played against a backdrop of torrential rain and high winds, Nick Haughton’s goal was the difference between the sides in front of 1,440 hardy spectators.

Previous campaigns

18/08/15 NLN Chorley 3 FC United 0 (Hine 2Stephenson)

26/03/16 NLN FC United 2 Chorley 0 (Wright, Johnson)

06/08/16 NLN Chorley 3 FC United 3 (GonzalesTeagueJordan; Thomson 2, Wright)

11/02/17 NLN FC United 3 Chorley 3 (Gilchrist, Wolfenden, Lowe; SampsonMcDaidLeather)


Supremacy: Chorley extended their unbeaten run in Greater Manchester to 12 games with victory at Curzon Ashton in January. However, Matt Jansen’s men have failed to win at FC United since a 2013 FA Cup 1st qualifying round tie.

Dominant: The Reds are unbeaten at home since the beginning of September, winning 10 of 11 games during that span, while outscoring their opponents 28 to 12.

Hostile: The Magpies have faced imposing four-figure crowds on the road six times already this campaign, with their only defeat coming on New Year’s Day at Southport.

Red mist: United have picked up seven red cards this season, including the same combination of Matty Hughes and Michael Connor being dismissed against both Darlington and Stockport.

Match day (09/02/18)

Kick-off at Broadhurst Park (M40 0FJ) is 7.45pm

Admission is £10 adults, £6 over-60s and £3 under-18s.

Programmes cost £2

Parking is available for £3 at St. Matthew’s RC High School on Nuthurst Road, with street parking on Lightbowne Road. Supporters are asked not to park on St. Mary’s Road and Nuthurst Road, or on streets off these roads.

Train and tram stops are within 15 minutes walk of the ground. Moston is the closest railway station, with Newton Heath and Moston the nearest tram stop.

Can’t make the game? We’ve got you covered. Our live match coverage will be available on Twitter (@chorleyfc) from 7pm, with Harry Lyons guiding you through the evening’s events. Alex Birch’s recap and stats will be available on this very website straight after the final whistle, followed by Josh Vosper’s post-match interview with Matt Jansen.

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