Chorley have a great chance of booking a place in the first round proper of the FA Cup for the first time in 21 years.
That is the view of skipper Andrew Teague, after his team was paired with Conference Premier outfit FC Halifax Town at Victory Park in the fourth qualifying round during yesterday’s draw.
Although the Shaymen are a level above the Magpies in the Conference Premier, Teague believes he and his team-mates are more than capable of causing an upset – and creating a little bit of history.
“It’s 21 years since the club got to the first round proper,” said Teague.
“We are just one extra win away from getting there and possibly drawing a Football League club.
“As players, you want to pit yourselves against the top teams.
“We wanted a home draw in the next round and to get Halifax, it’s a great draw for us.
“I think it’s a winnable game.
“Halifax are a good side who are doing well in the Conference this season.
“They have done what we want to do – they have gone through the leagues and are now in the Conference, which is where we want to get to.
“We want to go up against teams like them and it’s good test for our players.
“We will be at home and there should be a decent crowd.
“Halifax are quite local and they get good crowds themselves so it should be a great atmosphere.”
The tie will also see Chorley targetman James Dean come up against one of his former clubs. “It’s a great draw for James Dean and Tom Baker – coming up against their old club, although Tom in still out injured.
“James was a big crowd favourite at Halifax when he was there.
“I know a few of the lads at Halifax and I think they are still part-time.
“We will be the underdogs – usually we go into games as the favourites – so that will be a bit different.
“But we are at home, we will have the crowd with us, so it’s a game we can win.”
Chorley were certainly the favourites on Saturday as they made the short trip to the Sir Tom Finney Stadium to face Central Lancashire rivals Bamber Bridge.
The Magpies showed exactly why they are two divisions above Brig with a dominant performance to win 4-1 in front of a bumper crowd of more than 2,000.
Teague – who came back into the starting XI after missing the previous three games – was thrilled with the way the Magpies went about their task.
“We were the favourites on Saturday and we relished that,” said Teague.
“We knew what we had to do. We got the first goal and then the second.
“They pulled a goal back, which gave them a lift for 10 minutes but we killed the game off with the third and did what we had to do.”
Meanwhile, Brig will be hoping to bounce back from Saturday’s defeat when they travel to Harrogate Railway Athletic in the NPL First Division North this evening.aster City are also in action and they host Spennymoor Town at Giant Axe. Burscough host Clitheroe at Victoria Park and Kendal Town visit Droylsden.