Chorley star Teague’s Victory rally cry

Chorley skipper Andy Teague battles in the air
Chorley skipper Andy Teague battles in the air
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Chorley skipper Andy Teague hopes the Magpies can bounce back from back-to-back defeats and build a springboard to play-off success by beating Solihull Moors at Victory Park on Saturday.

Gloucester City ended Chorley’s eight-match unbeaten run, and potential play-off opponents Guiseley beat Garry Flitcroft’s men 2-1 last weekend.

But Chorley are guaranteed a play-off spot and Teague believes all is still to play for with third place in the Conference North table still up for grabs.

The coveted third-place finish ensures home advantage in the second leg and Teague is hopeful Chorley can nab it to ensure they can play the crunch second clash in front of their ‘12th man’.

Teague said: “We put a good run together to get into the play-offs, winning six matches in a row.

“And it would be nice to finish the season with a win.

“We can still finish third, fourth or fifth.

“If we did finish third it would mean we get the second leg at home and with our crowd that would be a huge plus.

“But wherever we finish we fancy our chances against anyone in this league.

“But right now it is all about Saturday.

“We will go into the game focused and hoping to get another three points to give us a good footing for the play-offs.”

Chorley sealed promotion to the NPL Premier Division in Teague’s first season with the club back in 2011.

The Magpies beat rivals AFC Fylde in the play-off final and history may yet repeat itself if Fylde fail to topple league leaders Barrow.

But Teague believes last season’s final day title triumph at Buxton proves the Magpies can handle the pressure of a must-win game.

He said: “We won the play-offs when I first joined the club.

“But winning the league last season was a similar feeling.

“It was a one-off game that we needed to win to clinch the title and we did.

“The lads will thrive off the atmosphere and the gaffer will get us all pumped up for it.

“Every credit to Fylde – they have kept the title race going to the last day.

“But you never know, football is a funny game and we still might meet them again in the play-offs.”

Depending on Saturday’s results, Chorley could face Barrow, Fylde, Boston United or Guiseley in the first round of the play-offs.

And Teague says the two-leg set-up makes it a more even battle.

He said: “With two legs it makes it more fair. The first leg is next Wednesday and the second is on Saturday.

“Whoever plays best over both legs will go through to the final. So we just need to be on our game.”