Magpies have hit form at right time

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Chorley assistant boss Matt Jansen believes the rest of the league are living in fear of the in-form Magpies.

Garry Flitcroft’s side are on a four-match winning streak in the Conference North and have catapulted themselves back into promotion contention.

With five games to go, Jansen believes Chorley are hitting the gas at the right time.

The Magpies thrashed play-off rivals Tamworth 6-0 last weekend and leapfrogged Guiseley into third spot in the table after beating the Lions 1-0 at Victory Park on Tuesday night.

Jansen believes the emphatic victory over the Lambs has sent a message to the rest of the league and has given the Magpies a psychological edge as the hunt for promotion hots up.

He said: “Tamworth was an important win and we won a six-pointer against Guiseley – it was a great result.

“Every point is crucial. We’ve taken six points off Tamworth and we have beaten Guiseley twice – once in the cup – we have to play them again in the league.

“It will give us a psychological advantage if we meet them in the play-offs.

“Tamworth manager Andy Morrell said we were the best team they have come up against this season.

“Now other teams will start fearing us. We are on a great run and with five games left, this is the right time for us to be in great form. Getting a play-off spot is in our hands now.”

Chorley travel to face North Ferriby United tomorrow. United beat Wrexham on penalties to lift the FA Trophy last weekend. Jansen hopes they still have a cup hangover.

He said: “Their fantastic cup run could be a bit of a distraction. They will have to come back down to earth and play us tomorrow.”

Jansen praised central defensive duo Andy Teague and Chris Doyle for shoring up the back-line.

Chorley have only conceded once in their four-match league winning streak and it has coincided with on-loan Morecambe defender Doyle and captain Teague rekindling their partnership.

Jansen said: “We were chopping and changing at the back because of suspensions and injuries but Teaguey and Chris are a really good pairing.

“We are playing with confidence and we have only conceded once in the last four games.

“It is great to have signed Chris up until the end of the season and Teaguey has been really steady in the centre of defence.

“The record since they have come back in says everything.”

Josh Hine has bagged four goals in the last two games and Jansen praised the forward for dusting himself down after a penalty miss, to pop up with a late winner against Guiseley.

He said: “Josh is fantastic. He’s such an asset to our side with his pace.

“He showed his mental strength moments after missing the penalty. He went on a blistering run and he showed that it didn’t affect him.”

James Dean is still a doubt for tomorrow’s game due to an ankle injury. And Jansen said the striker will not be rushed back.

He said: “Deano’s ankle is very swollen and bruised. We didn’t want to risk him on Tuesday, having important games coming up and the possibility of the play-offs.”

Elsewhere in the Conference North, second-placed AFC Fylde travel to face Bradford Park Avenue tomorrow.