No Cup glamour tie for Mags – but Teague only eyeing Vics

Eyes on the prize: Chorley boss Matt Jansen and captain Andy Teague
Eyes on the prize: Chorley boss Matt Jansen and captain Andy Teague
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Chorley have been handed a tricky home tie with National League Boreham Wood in the FA Cup First Round proper – should they advance past Northwich Victoria tonight.

The Magpies were paired with The Wood in last night’s draw, but first face a fourth qualifying round replay clash at Victory Park against Northwich tonight, as they aim to seal a spot in the First Round proper for the first time in 25 years.

To get in the First Round proper would be massive for the club, it has been nearly 25 years!

Chorley captain Andy Teague

The last time the Magpies reached that stage of the competition, they beat Bury 2-1 at Victory Park before losing 1-0 to Shrewsbury in the Second Round at Gay Meadow on December 11, 1990.

But Chorley captain Andy Teague says he is not looking ahead just yet, as he is focusing on leading Chorley past Northwich first.

He said: “It would be great to test ourselves against higher league opposition but right now it is all about winning tonight.

“To get in the First Round proper would be massive for the club, it has been nearly 25 years!

“Since I have been at the club we have got to this stage before and now we want to go one better and win tonight.”

The defensive talisman admitted he was gutted that the Magpies could not clinch their place in the First Round on Friday as they drew 0-0 at NPL First Division North outfit Northwich.

But with a fully fit squad at boss Matt Jansen’s disposal he hopes their home supporters can roar them on to glory.

He said: “We are a bit gutted that we did not get the job done on Friday.

“But now we have a home tie with all of our fans behind us. I think we should win the game, we had the best chances on Friday. We hit the post and had an effort cleared off the line, I think they only had one attempt.

“I think the boss will have a bit of a headache selection wise but it is good headache to have.”

Chorley get back to league business on Saturday and will host Brackley who knocked Bamber Bridge out of the cup. The Magpies are 11th in the Conference North table and Teague said: “We want to get promoted. That is still the main aim.”

Jansen, meanwhile, reacted to the draw: “Boreham Wood are in the league above us, and it is a positive thing we have been drawn at home. But, first things first, we need to beat Northwich.”