Magpies aim to keep Whitley at Bay

Matt Jansen
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Matt Jansen has warned his Chorley team of the dangers of complacency as they look to make progress in the FA Cup on Saturday.

The Magpies travel to Whitley Bay in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup, knowing victory will put them just one more win away from the first round proper.

Chorley will start the game in the North East as the heavy favourites as Bay reside in the Northern League First Division, which is several levels below the men from Victory Park. But Jansen warned: “We can’t take anything for granted, it is a tough league over that way.

“They’ve beaten Matlock Town and they are unbeaten at home. We cannot take them lightly, they will be up for it – it’s a cup final for them and it’s a massive pay day for them.

“So we won’t take them lightly and we’ll be going there with a fully fit squad to go and get another result.”

Chorley drew 2-2 with National League North leaders Solihull Moors at home on Saturday. At face value, the point against the table toppers looks a good one especially after the visitors had taken an early lead.

But Moors were reduced to 10 men early in the match and the home side were 2-1 ahead.

“At 1-0 down after two minutes, I’d have taken a 2-2 draw.

“But against 10 men we’ve missed the chance to defeat a well-organised and unbeaten side, which would have made a massive statement to the rest of the league.”

Meanwhile, Sam Sheridan has left the club, while Harry Winter and Tom Smyth have joined Ashton United and Trafford respectively.

Elsewhere, in the cup, Burscough travel to Harrogate Town on Saturday.

In the National League, Southport host Torquay at the weekend.