Magpies boss Jansen targets home rule

Chorley manager Matt Jansen has set his men a target of maximum points from their remaining home games this season.

Friday, 24th March 2017, 6:40 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:13 am
Chorley boss Matt Jansen is focused on victory over Curzon Ashton

The Magpies are heading into the final seven games of the campaign still holding on to a position in the National League North play-offs.

However, Jansen believes his men must take all the points on offer in their final four games at Victory Park to be sure of finishing inside the top five.

Currently in fourth, the Magpies are just two points ahead of sixth-placed Darlington, while Stockport County, in seventh, are just a point further back.

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In order to keep the teams behind them at arm’s length, Jansen believes his men must make the most of home advantage, starting with the visit of Curzon Ashton on Saturday.

A quick glance at their remaining games indicate a favourable run-in for Chorley as five of their seven games are against teams in the bottom half of the table.

And FC Halifax Town – 
currently fifth – are scheduled to arrive at Victory Park on the final day of the season when everything could, in theory, be settled by then.

“I’m targeting three points from every home game 
between now and the end of the season,” Jansen said.

“But I am not looking ahead to any other game apart from Curzon on Saturday.

“That’s our focus now and we will look to get all three points.”

Jansen was left feeling frustrated on Tuesday night after his men were denied victory courtesy of a last-minute goal against promotion rivals Salford City.

“It was probably one of our best performances of the season,”Jansen said.

Meanwhile, leaders AFC Fylde travel to Nuneaton.

Elsewhere, Clitheroe will be hoping to make up ground on the teams in the NPL First Division North play-off places this weekend when they host Mossley at Shawbridge. The Blues are currently four points off the pace but will be buoyed by the terrific 4-2 victory over league leaders Farsley Celtic in midweek. Meanwhile, time is running out for Burscough in their battle to beat the drop. They are eight points adrift of safety with six games to go. The Linnets host Kendal Town at Victoria Park.

In the National League, relegation-threatened Southport host Boreham Wood