Matt puts dreams of Trophy on hold

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A good run in the FA Trophy can aid Chorley’s promotion quest this season.

That is the view of Magpies’ assistant manager Matt Jansen, who watched the team move through to the first round of the competition this week.

Garry Flitcroft’s men needed a replay to see off the challenge of Stalybridge Celtic – after it looked as though they were heading for the exit door.

Trailing 2-1 on Saturday at Victory Park as the clock ticked past 90 minutes, Chorley salvaged a draw when skipper Andy Teague headed home.

The two teams clashed again on Tuesday night in the replay, with Chorley this time making no mistake as they ran out comfortable winners 2-1.

Jack Lynch and James Dean were on target for Garry Flitcroft’s men, with Celtic making the scoreline look closer than it ought to have been with an injury-time consolation goal.

Chorley will now travel to Guiseley in the next round of the competition a week on Saturday.

“The Trophy is good distraction from the league,” Jansen said.

“The league is our main objective this season – we want to win promotion again but it will be good to have another run in the competition.

“It’s definitely a winnable competition for us.”

“We did well in it last season when we nearly got to the quarter-finals, where we would have played against Grimsby.

“We beat Forest Green Rovers – who are in the league above – and lost to Tamworth on penalties.

“We would like to do that again and, who knows, go all the way.”

The final of the Trophy is held at Wembley and Jansen admits it is something which does get spoken about in the dressing room.

“Obviously, it’s every players’ dream to play at Wembley,” said the former Blackburn striker.

“That’s a long way off at the moment but the closer you get, the more it gets talked about.”

Jansen accepts that Chorley got lucky in the initital tie against Stalybridge but fully deserved their victory on Tuesday.

“It was a more convincing victory on Tuesday than the scoreline suggests,” Jansen said.

“We played very well in the first half but they came back at us a little bit in the second half.We went 2-0 up but we could have killed the game off early than we did. Their goal came against the run of play.

“I don’t think we were in any real danger. On Saturday, it was similar to Tuesday, in that we played very well first half but then we took our foot off the gas in the second half.

“They came into it, got a couple of goals and we needed a last-gasp goal from Teaguey.

“It was typical of him – he’s an inspirational figure for us…that’s why’s he’s our captain.

“He’s a good character around the dressing room – to be honest, we have a lot of people like that around the dressing room.

“There’s a great team spirit and that is part of the reason why we have been so successful over the last few years.”

The Magpies are back in league action tomorrow when they welcome mid-table Colwyn Bay to Victory Park and Jansen has warned his players about the perils of complacency.

“It’s difficult league. Lots of teams are competitive. We nearly came unstuck against Hyde, who are at the bottom, the other week. We were 2-0 down but rescued that one.”