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Chorley welcome familiar foes Hednesford Town to Victory Park tomorrow.

The two clubs have locked horns on several occasions in the past when they were both in the Northern Premier League.

However, after Hednesford’s promotion in 2013 and Chorley’s title success last season, this will be the first time the clubs have clashed in the Conference North.

Town were a great example to Chorley of how well a team can do in a higher division after winning promotion.

They spent the vast majority of last season near the top of the table and eventually secured a place in the end-of -season play-offs by finishing fourth.

They were beaten 4-3 in the play-off semi-finals by Altrincham, who went on to win the final against Guiseley 2-1 to secure promotion to the Conference Premier.

This season, Hednesford have begun indifferently and currently occupy a mid-table position after collecting three wins and three draws from their opening nine games.

Like Hednesford did last season, Chorley have adpated to life in the Conference North well.

Their 2-0 defeat at Worcester City last weekend – only their second of the season – saw them slip to fourth in the table after previously occupying top spot.

The Magpies are hoping to have the services of skipper and centre-half Andy Teague to call upon after he missed last weekend’s game through injury.

Mark Ross should also start tomorrow. He came 
through the match against Worcester with no ill-effects after a period spent on the sidelines.

Harry Winter is still out suspended for picking up two red cards in three games earlier in the season.

Kyle Jacobs is also banned for tomorrow’s match.

AFC Fylde boss Dave Challinor is demanding his table-topping side keeps improving.

The ambitious manager’s men have won five games in a row and are aiming for their sixth consecutive win when they host Worcester City tomorrow.

But Challinor believes his side will need to improve if they want to hold on to top spot in the Conference North.

He said: “The lads have taken everything on board and they have been really good.

“We have learnt and if we want to stay in this position we will have to keep on learning.”

Challinor is friends with Worcester City boss Carl Heeley but the two managers are focused on the game.

Worcester are ninth in the table but despite losing to Stockport in midweek, Challinor believes the Dragons will be a tough test.

He said: “Worcester are a decent side. I went to their game on Tuesday to watch them against Stockport County.

“They lost 2-0 and Stockport won quite comfortably but Worcester beat Chorley last weekend.

“They could be higher in the table but they have drawn a few matches.

“I know their manager Carl Heeley quite well.

“I’ve spoken to him a bit this season.

“He knows what we are about as a club and they will be a hard test.”

Challinor is pleased with his Fylde side but is urging them to be more clinical.

He said: “We are on a really good run and we have a lot of confidence going in to games.

“We feel like we can win and there is a confidence and belief.

“We need to be at the races every game or we will get found out.”

He added: “We are winning games but we have not been as clinical as we’d like.”

Fylde beat Gloucester City 2-0 last Saturday and the Coasters boss was pleased with the victory but emphasised the need for improvement.

He said: “We weren’t at our best against Gloucester but we scored goals at key times.

“We scored on the stroke of half-time and so we went in with confidence.

“The lads should have killed the game sooner but to go there and win 2-0 is 
fantastic.”

Fylde were promoted from the NPL Premier Division and Challinor is pleased with the way his side has settled in to their new division.

He said: “We knew that the first month was going to be a really important one for us.

“In terms of getting to know what the division is about.

“We’ve had some good results and some good performances but it is a long season.

“There are some good sides in the division.

“But we know our strengths and our weaknesses.”

Meanwhile, in the NPL First Division North, Lancaster City will be hoping to kick-start their league campaign when they travel to New Mills tomorrow.

The Dolly Blues are down in 16th spot in the table after a poor start to the season, which has garnered just seven points from six games.

In other games, Clitheroe visit Ossett Albion, while Burscough are away to Scarborough Athletic.

Kendal Town host Radcliffe Borough at Parkside Road.