First win is a huge relief for Jansen

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Matt Jansen labelled his first win as Chorley’s new manager as ‘huge’.

The former Blackburn Rovers star – who stepped up from his position as assistant manager to take charge after Garry Flitcroft’s resignation over the summer – had to wait until his fourth match to register his first win.

After losing 3-2 at home to Nuneaton Town on the opening day of the season, the Magpies crashed to a heavy 4-0 defeat at North Ferriby United.

Things began to improve for Jansen away at Corby Town on Saturday day as his men battled to a 2-2 draw.

But they hit top form on Tuesday, comprehensively outplaying FC United 3-0 at Victory Park in National League North.

“It’s huge not only for me but the whole club to get the first win,” Jansen said.

“I felt we were unfortunate against Nuneaton on the opening day, but we drew on Saturday and won against FC United and that will breed confidence going forward.

“I can’t really knock anybody in the team on Tuesday, it was a fantastic performance.

“It was a clean sheet, which makes a big difference and we are now climbing up the table.”

Tomorrow, Chorley are back on the road when they travel to Worcester City.

The Blues and Whites have started the new season in similar fashion to the Magpies, winning one and losing two of their first four games.

Elsewhere in the divsion, AFC Fylde manager Dave Challinor admits it has been a frantic start in National North, insisting the true pace-setters won’t appear until everybody has paused for breath, writes ROB STOCKS.

The Coasters picked up their first away victory of the season at Bradford Park Avenue on Wednesday and will look to build on that success when Lowestoft Town visit Kellamergh Park tomorrow.

Challinor’s side are the bookies’ favourites to take the title this season and the manager is not rattled by their mixed start, insisting the league is yet to take shape.

“It was a good result for us, especially after Saturday when a draw at home to Gainsborough felt a little bit like a loss,” he said.

“It was an impressive result and more importantly an impressive performance.

“In the first half we were unbelievable. We couldn’t keep that up over the 90 but you wouldn’t expect that at this time of the season.”

Challinor admits the run of Saturday and midweek games in the early part of the season is tough on clubs.

“It’s not as bad as in the league below, where it’s like this until November,” he said. “But is is still a slog.

“You have nothing, then it’s six games in the first few weeks – but it’s the same for everyone.

“What’s important is just to keep putting points on the board.

“The league isn’t going to be in any order at this stage.”

Meanwhile, in the National League, Southport go in search of their first win of the season at Braintree tomorrow.

The Sandgrounders have lost three of their opening four games and lie second from bottom in the league table.

But manager Paul Carden saw some improvements in his team’s performance in the 2-1 home defeat to Gateshead in midweek.

“We started poorly, but then I thought we grew into the game and a fantastic goal deservedly got us level. At half-time I thought three points was there for the taking.

“In the second half we took the game to them and their keeper was busier. But they have scored with one shot, which was a penalty.”

In the NPL First Division North, Clitheroe will be aiming to make it three successive wins at Mossley, while Kendal Town host Ossett Town at Parkside Road.

Winless Burscough travel to Ossett Albion.