Frustration for Magpies but confidence remains high

Josh Hine and Harry Winter celebrate Chorley's first goal
Josh Hine and Harry Winter celebrate Chorley's first goal

Andy Teague admitted his frustration after Sunday’s Conference North fixture at Stalybridge Celtic was called off due to frost.

The trusted Chorley skipper felt his side were more than capable of picking up three points against Celtic.

The sides have already met three times this season, with Chorley twice running out the winners.

Chorley were 2-0 winners at the Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium in a league game before defeating Celtic at Bower Fold at the start of this month in an FA Trophy replay.

Teague said: “All of the lads wanted the game to be on/.

“It was a very winnable game and we wanted to build on Friday’s victory.

“But looking at it another way, it does give us extra time to recover and prepare for the New Year’s Day fixture.”

Due to the postponement, Chorley will be facing Bradford Park Avenue in back-to-back fixtures on Thursday.

Chorley ran out 2-1 winners on Boxing Day against their Yorkshire rivals thanks to a brace of goals from

recalled striker Josh Hine.

Hine had been in and out of the side since boss Garry Flitcroft has experimented with several players in the wide right position of a front three.

Teague said: “It will be a weird situation playing the same team six days later but we know we are more than confident of winning.

“We know we should have won by more on Boxing Day so it gives all the lads plenty of confidence going into the game.

“We know exactly what to expect from them.”

Then this coming Sunday, Chorley will be in league action once again as they host Oxford City, who are play-off rivals.

Justin Merritt’s side had a Boxing Day to forget, as they were thrashed 4-0 by Leamington.

And Oxford were without a game on Sunday too.

Teague said: “It’s a home game and we are always confident of winning every home game.

“We like to dominate teams at home and that’s what we’ll look to do.

“The crowd against Bradford were excellent and they really helped us push on to turn the game around.

“Hopefully the same atmosphere can be created again this coming Sunday.”

Kick off at the Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium is 3pm.