Magpies’ faint play-off dreams die at Brackley

Paul Jarvis dances past the Brackley Town defence at St James Park
Paul Jarvis dances past the Brackley Town defence at St James Park

Chorley’s faint hopes of pinching the last National League North play-off spot ended with a 1-1 draw at Brackley Town on Saturday.

It is now mathematically impossible, with two games of the campaign left, for the Magpies to sneak into the top five.

But Chorley boss Matt Jansen believes the season is not over yet and says if they play like they did in the second half against Brackley at champions Solihull Moors in their penultimate game of the season on Saturday they will get a result.

Jansen said: “It will be a fantastic test for us, they are the champions and if we can play like we did in the second half (at Brackley) then hopefully we will get a good result there.”

Glenn Walker opened the scoring in the 20th minute after Andy Teague’s clearance unfortunately bounced into his path but the Magpies captain popped up with the winner in the 69th minute at Brackley.

Jansen said: “They are fighting for their lives at the bottom of the table but I thought we were overplaying the ball and it wasn’t sticking up top in the first half.

“We changed it in the second half to play three up front with Jordan Connerton coming off the bench and it seemed to work for us.

“Teaguey tried to block it and it has fallen to their striker, it was disappointing because we had the ball up in their corner, we didn’t keep the ball and they break.

“In the second half we were much improved. We were bombarding their box but sometimes our final pass was not great.

“But when we equalised there was only one team that was going to go on and win it.”

Jack Lynch picked up a knee knock and Dale Whitham missed the game due to flu and Jansen praised midfielder Paul Jarvis for his performance.

He said: “Paul’s set-pieces were outstanding, every time we had one they were worried and he caused them all sorts of problems.

“It is the best I’ve seen him play all season.”