Savour chase for play-off place says Magpies skipper

Chorley captain Andrew Teague has urged his team-mates to relish the opportunity of securing a play-off spot in the National League North.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 31st March 2017, 7:15 am
Updated Saturday, 8th April 2017, 10:22 pm
Skipper Andy Teague (photo: Josh Vosper)
Skipper Andy Teague (photo: Josh Vosper)

After occupying a top-five position for the virtually the entire season, the Magpies slipped to sixth at the weekend after a shock 3-0 home defeat to Curzon Ashton.

They have picked up just one win out of their last six games in all competitions – easily their worst sequence of results over the course of the campaign,

However, despite the sticky spell at such an important stage of the season, Chorley know they are still right in the promotion mix.

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“We have done well to get in the position that we are and so if you can’t enjoy moments like this then you shouldn’t be playing football,” Teague said.

“This is what we wanted – to be fighting for something at the end of the season.

“We have now got six massive games left and hopefully we can get what we need to 
finish in the play-offs.”

Teague admits he was at a loss to understand the team’s abject performance, particularly in the first half, on Saturday.

It was especially surprising considering the Magpies’ fine display against fellow promotion chasers Salford City the previous Tuesday when they were robbed of a deserved victory by a last-minute goal at Moor Lane.

“Saturday was a little bit strange,” Teague said.

“The first half was possibly our worst half of the season.

“We had performed so well at Salford and maybe there was a little bit of hangover from conceding so late in the game.

“We seem to perform really well against the top sides in the division and whether we underestimated Curzon I don’t know.”

Chorley have a quick opportunity to redeem themselves in front of their own supporters when they welcome Gainsborough Trinity to Victory Park.

“I think Fylde and Kidderminsters are battling it out for the title – Kidderminster have been on a good run and could quite easily win it now.

“Then it’s five teams going for three play-off places. A few of the teams around us are playing each other so there are going to be dropped points.

“Hoefully we can go out tomorrow against Gainsborough and get the three points.”

Leaders Fylde will be hoping to maintain their six-point advantage at the top when they host Darlington at Mill Farm.

In the National League, Southport entertain Guiseley.