Magpies to be pitch perfect!

Chorley striker Lewis Guy

Chorley striker Lewis Guy

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A new pitch at Victory Park should herald a different approach from Chorley this season.

The Magpies – despite reaching the Conference North play-off final – came in for some heavy criticism at times last season due to their direct style of play.

However, much of that was down to the poor state of their pitch, which made passing football virtually impossible.

Over the summer a new surface has been laid much to the delight of manager Matt Jansen, who has taken over the managerial hotseat from Garry Flitcroft this summer.

The former Blackburn Rovers striker served under Flitcroft as his assistant manager for the past five years and one of his first tasks in the top jobs was to make sure the club had a pitch which they could be proud of.

Jansen is hoping his team will be able to revert back to a better style of football when the new season kicks-off tomorrow at home against Nuneaton.

“I want us to play with freedom throughout the season,” Jansen said.

“I want to get the ball forward and play in the opposition’s half. What I don’t want to do is play a lot of football in our own half.

“I’m happy for the players to express themselves, last year it was very difficult to play football as the pitch was unbearable.”

Former West Ham United striker Marlon Harewood will be leading the forward line for the Midlands outfit tomorrow

And the Chorley boss has already watched Kevin Wilson’s side as he took in their pre-season friendly against Leamington.

“I watched Nuneaton play at the weekend,” he said.

“They play three at the back and then have two wing backs.

“I do believe we have enough to beat them and I just can’t wait to get going tomorrow.”

The Magpies boss has recently signed forwards Marcus Carver and Lewis Guy meaning the club boasts a squad of more than 20 players.

Carver has joined on an initial one-month loan from League Two outfit Accrington Stanley whilst Guy was unattached after leaving National League North champions Barrow.

The Victory Park outfit have enjoyed an excellent pre-season winning their final three fixtures.

With a healthy squad and competition rife, Jansen admits he has no further plans to dip into the transfer market.

“I’m very happy with the squad, it’s a big squad but it has quality,” he said.

“I feel there is like for like in a lot of areas. I think there will be disappointment come the first game of the season but that’s understandable.

“I’ve got a good problem but it’s a bad one at the same time, you don’t want to upset people in the squad.

“But it’s a long season and everybody will be used.”

Southport begin their Conference Premier campaign at home against Eastleigh