Matt Jansen believes his Chorley players will rise to the occasion when taking on National League North table-toppers Solihull Moors tomorrow.
High-flying Moors travel to Victory Park after making an unbeaten start to the season.
Marcus Bignot’s men have won eight and drawn two of their opening 10 games.
Last season, the Magpies fell short against Solihull, losing 3-1 at Damson Park before drawing 0-0 at home.
Looking to build on the FA Cup victory over Frickley Athletic, Jansen is a firm believer that his side will be raring to go come kick-off.
“It has shown previously that we rise to the bigger games,” he said.
“Stockport were unbeaten away from home when they played us and we rose to the occasion that day and won.
“Solihull are unbeaten and they have made a lot of acquisitions from teams in higher leagues.
“Josh Hine is a slight doubt for the game but we’ll give him every opportunity to prove his fitness.
“Apart from that, we have a clean bill of health.
“I’m really looking forward to the game – our squad is strong and on our day we can beat anyone.”
A number of Chorley players had a much-needed run-out on Tuesday night as Jansen’s men ran out 4-1 winners against North West Counties Premier Division side Ashton Athletic in a friendly.
James Dean bagged two goals, whilst Lewis Guy and Sam Sheridan also got on the scoresheet.
The game saw midfielder Harry Winter make a return from injury plus Adam Roscoe, Lloyd Rigby and Sheridan got valuable minutes under their belts.
Admitting he was not overly fussed about the result, Jansen was keen to stress the importance of match practice.
“The game was organised for the lads on the periphery of the squad,” he added.
“There’s no substitute for match fitness and that’s why I wanted to play it.
“The lads can get minutes and it’s much better than training.
“It was great for Harry to get 80 minutes, he’s a big part of the plans – especially once he is fit.”
In the FA Cup third qualifying round, Chorley’s reward for beating Frickley has seen them given an away tie against Whitley Bay, who ply their trade in the Northern Football League Division One.
The 2-0 win over the Yorkshiremen also saw striker Dean return to form with two goals.
Jansen is now hoping his No.9 can kick on – and he is also expecting a tough tie against Whitley.
“As a striker, you go through barren spells,” he said.
“I think every striker goes through a spell like that.
“But if you keep working hard and applying yourself then the goals will come.
“In the FA Cup, we’re looking forward to it.
“Whitley are in a strong league and they’re unbeaten at home. I’m sure they’ll be up for it – we need to treat and approach the game in the right way.”
The Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy draw has also been made and Chorley will start their defence of the competition against North West Counties outfit Nelson.
Elsewhere, in the National League, Southport make the long journey to Woking.
In the FA Trophy preliminary round, Clitheroe host Stocksbridge Park Steels.
At Victoria Park, in-form Burscough, who have won their last five games, welcome Bamber Bridge.
AFC Fylde boss Dave Challinor has ordered his men to “work their socks off” when they entertain strugglers AFC Telford in National League North tomorrow.
Fylde are one of the form team, while Telford have a full-scale relegation battle on their hands, having won only one match so far this season.
The Bucks parted company with their manager Steve Kittrick earlier in the season, and Rob Smith is now in charge.
Challinor said: “Telford will be looking for a result to kick-start their season. They have brought in some new players, not with a massive amount of success so far.
“People will be expecting that they won’t get anything coming to us but from our perspective, we can’t think like that. We have to make sure that we are switched on and do all the right things.
“We have to be professional in what we do and work our socks off.”
Challinor is weighing up his selection options for tomorrow’s clash in the wake of the 5-2 win over Radcliffe Borough in the Lancashire FA Trophy on Tuesday night.
The Coasters’ boss was happy with the win, though not the way the side performed defensively, conceding what he thought were needless goals.
Challinor said: “In truth we should have scored more goals than we did.
“It was good from our point of view that Josh Collins and Adam Sumner got important game-time and Matty Hughes got another 70 minutes.”