Cod Army incentive for Magpies in cup

Chorleys Scott Leather challenges for the ball during Saturdays FA Cup clash with Boston (photo: Josh Vosper)
Chorleys Scott Leather challenges for the ball during Saturdays FA Cup clash with Boston (photo: Josh Vosper)
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A mouth-watering Lancashire derby clash against Fleetwood Town at Victory Park awaits Chorley in the first round proper of the FA Cup.

But before they can even entertain the idea of hosting the Cod Army, they must first beat Boston United in tonight’s fourth qualifying round replay at York Street.

The Magpies were paired with Uwe Rosler’s League One outfit during last night’s televised draw, which also saw AFC Fylde drawn at home to Kidderminster Harriers, while Morecambe will host Hartlepool United.

However, Matt Jansen’s men have it all to do this evening after being held to a 0-0 draw by the Pilgrims on Saturday.

In a further twist to the tale, should Chorley win through to the first round proper, they will likely have to face Fleetwood without goalkeeper Matt Urwin and influential midfielder Nick Haughton, who are both on loan from Town.

Meanwhile, Jansen will be without midfielder Dale Whitham for this evening’s replay, while skipper Andrew Teague is a doubt. Whitham who has been out injured since last month has been diagnosed with a fractured foot and Teague came off on Saturday after suffering a knock.

Jansen said: “Teaguey had a bit of a knock. Dale has fractured the bottom of his foot. It is a blow but we have a strong squad and he is a quick healer!”

Jansen believes the Pilgrims will have to be more attack minded tonight, which could play into his side’s hands.

He said: “They came here to get a draw and take us back to their place. I don’t think they will play the same way tonight – their fans will not let them. They will have to come out against us and I’m sure we are good enough to deal with that.”

“It is what it is – we have to go there and get a result.

“We are better than them and we proved that on Saturday. In the last 12 weeks we have only lost one.

“We will go there full of confidence and hopefully get the right result.”