Moors clash is priority for Magpies

Andrew Teague, right, leads the Chorley team out last weekend against Bamber Bridge
Andrew Teague, right, leads the Chorley team out last weekend against Bamber Bridge
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As FA Cup fever grips Victory Park, Chorley captain Andrew Teague has warned his team-mates not to take their eyes off the league campaign.

The Magpies’ 4-1 victory over neighbours Bamber Bridge on Saturday saw them move through to the fourth qualifying round of the prestigious competition.

The club is just one win away from securing a place in the first round proper for the first time in 21 years and will face Conference Premier outfit FC Halifax Town in the next round – on Saturday, October 25 – at home.

However, Teague is determined to banish all talk of the match against the Shaymen in the dressing room until tomorrow’s important Conference North fixture away at Solihull Moors is out of the way.

Although he concedes it is great that the Magpies, who are second in the table, are enjoying a great run in the cup, the priority for the club is to win promotion.

“The gaffer Garry Flitcroft wants us to get through this division this year and get into the Conference,” Teague said.

“The FA Cup is great. It’s great for the players, fans and everybody connected with the club.

“But this season it is all about the league. We have to make sure we get the priorities right.

“We will enjoy the FA Cup game and we will take each game as it comes but our aim is to win promotion this s
eason.”

Centre-half Teague is hoping injury does not force him on to the sidelines for the trip to Solihull.

The former Macclesfield Town defender had only just won his place back in the starting line-up against Brig after suffering a hamstring strain.

But he injured his knee in the first half at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium after colliding with home keeper Lee Dovey.

The collision resulted in Dovey being withdrawn at half-time, while Teague soldiered on for the rest of the game.

He said: “I had a slight hamstring strain, so I had to rest that for a couple of weeks and when I came back I was on the bench for a couple of games because the two lads had done well and I had to wait my turn.

“My knee is swollen and I’ve been to hospital to have it checked out.

“I am hoping I will be okay for tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, AFC Fylde boss Dave Challinor believes his team is well worth its place at the top of the Conference North.

The Coasters have adapted to life in the higher division seamlessly after winning promotion from the NPL Premier Division last season.

They currently lead the way by four points over second-placed Chorley and won through to the final qualifying round of the FA Cup after beating Buxton 1-0 at Kellamergh Park on Saturday. Their reward is a trip to King Lynn Town on Saturday week in the next round.

Fylde are back in league action tomorrow and will be hoping to maintain their lead at the top of the table when they host Gainsborough Trinity.

“We’ve had a great start,” said Challinor. “The lads have been brilliant.

“The biggest pleasing thing is we have played really well. The performances have got their just deserts – in terms of results. We are only a quarter of the way through the season – there is still a long way to go.

“But the lads are going into every game knowing that they have a great chance of winning.”

Gainsborough have not had the best of starts and are down in a mid-table position.

“They are a tough team to play against,” said Challinor.

“They are big, strong and physical.”