Teague’s relishing double derby test

Chorley boss Matt Jansen and captain Andy Teague
Chorley boss Matt Jansen and captain Andy Teague
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Chorley captain Andy Teague say the Magpies have regained their confidence ahead of a huge Boxing Day clash against local rivals AFC Fylde at Victory Park.

After back-to-back defeats at the start of December, Matt Jansen’s National League North side have secured a place in the semi-final of the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy and taken a point at league leaders Nuneaton.

And with Chorley’s impressive record of four wins from their last five league games against Fylde, skipper Teague says 13th-placed Chorley are a double against their rivals by taking points off the fourth-placed Coasters on Saturday and away to them on January 2.

He said: “We have got a lot of confidence from the Nuneaton game and we will take that into this game.

“Fylde are up there and they have done well this season.

“We have always had a good record against Fylde and we are hoping to continue that.

“It was a big point against Nuneaton and if we can beat Fylde it will be a massive three points.”

Centre-back Teague bagged his first goal of the season in the Magpies’ 2-2 draw at Nuneaton and he hopes the Magpies can build on that point and amass some more points over the bumper festive season.

He said: “Nuneaton are top of the league and it was always going to be a tough game.

“We were disappointed not to get all three points but it is a good point to get.

“And now we are getting our confidence back.

“We have got Fylde twice in a week and Harrogate in between.

“Hopefully we can continue to pick up our form and get back up into the play-off mix.

“It is always good if you can get on a run at Christmas with the amount of fixtures over the festive period and points available.”

Fylde beat Chorley the first time the two sides ever met in the league on October 16, 2012, back when the ambitious sides were in the NPL Premier Division.

But since that first victory Fylde have been unable to beat the Magpies in the league.

The sides drew 2-2 at Victory Park in March and Jansen hopes Chorley can keep their unbeaten run against Fylde going.

Said the Mapies boss: “We have done well recently against Fylde.

“We have not got any easy Christmas run-in but we have been starting to play well and are starting to get the results our performances deserve.”

Chorley brought in centre-half Liam Goulding from Accrington Stanley on a 28-day loan on Saturday and he could make his debut against Fylde.

Jansen said he is hoping to add to his squad over the festive period.

He said: “I am hoping to get some new additions.”

Chorley are hoping to lift the LFA Challenge Trophy for the 17th time in their history and they will play North West Counties side Colne at the County Ground in Leyland on February 9.

Teague is not underestimating Colne, who knocked out NPL First Divsion North side Bamber Bridge in the quarter-finals earlier this month – but says Chorley fancy their chances against anyone.

He said: “We fancy our chances against anyone.

“We will probably be the favourites out of the four sides left.

“It is a one-off game to get to the final at Bolton’s Macron Stadium and we would really like to get their again for the fans.”