Fixture backlog could jeopardise bid for promotion

Andy Teague battles in the air

Andy Teague battles in the air

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Chorley skipper Andy Teague admits his side’s games in hand in the Vanarama Conference North could have a detrimental effect on their promotion hopes.

The Magpies have had a torrid time recently as a number of their fixtures have fallen foul of the weather.

Chorley currently sit seventh in the table –but have games in hand on every side that sits above them.

The Victory Park outfit’s most recent victory came against AFC Fylde where they won 3-1 at Kellamergh Park two Saturdays ago.

Since then they have had fixtures against Leamington and Guiseley abandoned – and Teague admits the players are itching to get back on the pitch.

He said: “It all depends what form we are in for the games in hand.

“If we win and keep winning, you want the games to come around quickly as you enjoy the games.

“But if you lose a couple you don’t look forward to it, you can’t get on the training pitch as you are always

playing.

“At the moment, all the lads want to get back on the pitch and play.

“We’ve trained well since Fylde and we want to continue out good run.”

Tonight, Tuesday, Chorley travel to Stalybridge Celtic.

The sides have already met three times this season, once in the league and twice in the FA Trophy.

Earlier in the season, goals from James Dean and Chris Almond sealed three points before the sides drew 2-2 at Victory Park in the FA Trophy third qualifying round.

The replay saw the Magpies run out 2-1 winners.

And Teague is confident of not only claiming all three points tonight, but also achieving a fourth win in a row on Saturday against Gloucester City.

He added: “The confidence is high in the camp and we are taking it game by game.

“We’ve played Stalybridge a few times already so we know what to expect.

“We’ve got a couple of new faces in the squad in the form of Aaron Burns and Matthew Flynn.

“But these two have slotted straight in, it’s like they’ve been here for two years.

“Aaron has scored three goals in just two games, he’s made a big impact and I hope it continues.”

On Saturday, kick off against Gloucester City is 3pm.