Matt targets tonic after FA Cup exit

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Chorley will have to pick themselves up off the floor on Saturday when they host Brackley Town at Victory Park for a National League North encounter.

The Magpies left slip a golden opportunity to win through to the first round proper of the FA Cup when they were beaten by Northwich Victoria via a replay in midweek.

Andy Bond gave them a 1-0 interval lead, but the Vics – who are two divisions below Chorley in the football pyramid – hit back in the second period to book a home tie against Boreham Wood.

While obviously disappointed to go out of the cup, Magpies boss Matt Jansen is drawing confidence from the way his players performed on the night.

He felt his team were the better team and can count themselves hugely unfortunate to lose.

“I said to the lads after the game that I couldn’t fault them for effort or endeavour,” Jansen said.

“We dominated Northwich – on the night we were by far the better team, but sometimes in football you don’t get what you deserve.

“On another day, it could have been three. four or five to us.

“We created chance after chance, wave after wave of attacks.

“They defended well and countered, but they had two chances.

“Apart from picking the ball out of the net twice, Sam’s not had a save to make.

“The players were sick after the game like I was, but we have to pick ourselves up.

“It’s gone now, we have to pick ourselves up and look forward.”

Brackley travel to Victory Park tomorrow fresh from securing their own place in the first round proper with an excellent 3-0 victory over Bamber Bridge last Saturday.

Their league form has not been too impressive so far this season – they have registered just three wins from their opening 13 games and find themselves in a lowly 16th spot in the table.

Chorley currently find themselves in a mid-table spot having won five, but lost five during the first three months of the campaign.

“We are so close, but there are a few little things getting in the way,” Jansen.

“It’s been a bit of a stop-start season so far.

“But hopefully we can address that and start getting the results that we deserve.

“We will look to bounce back by getting a win against Brackley.”