Jansen is eager to build momentum

Harry Winter

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Chorley boss Matt Jansen believes his men are ready to make their move in the National League North.

After a rather indifferent start to the season, the Magpies find themselves 10 points behind early season pacesetters Solihull Moors.

A record of five league victories have been tarnished by the same number of defeats, although two of those losses came in the opening three games of the campaign.

And Jansen has seen a marked improvement in his team’s performances since then.

They have won four and drawn one of their last six, reaching the final round of qualifying of the FA Cup thanks to a 3-2 success over Whitley Bay at the weekend.

On Saturday they turn their attentions back to the league when they entertain Hednesford Town at Victory Park.

“I don’t feel like we have been inconsistent,” Jansen said. “We had a slow start, but we have ironed that out now and have been playing some good football.

“We have had a couple of results which did not go our way, but we are looking to build some momentum now and put some wins together. I am sure we can do that.”

Hednesford have not been pulling up any trees this season and have picked up just four wins from their first 12 games.

They are under new management after former West Bromwich Albion star Bernard McNally was enticed back to the club for a second stint as manager, replacing Rob Smith.

“Hednesford lost their manager Rob Smith, who went back to Telford,” Jansen said.

“The new manager has come in and brought a few people in and changed it around, so it will be a difficult match.”

Jansen, on the whole, was pleased with the way his men fought back against Whitley Bay to progress in the cup on Saturday.

A mistake by skipper Andy Teague gave the home side the lead at the interval, but Chorley struck back strongly in the second half.

“I think Whitley played above themselves,” Jansen said. “They were at home and were difficult to break down.

“They scored on the break from a mistake of ours. Teaguey held his hand up afterwards.

“But he’s been great this season so I’ve no problems at all with Teaguey. These things happen.

“On the balance of play, we were the stronger team but like I say we couldn’t break them down. Eventually we managed to do that in the second half.”

In the next round, Chorley have been handed an away tie against Northwich Victoria, who are two levels below the Magpies in the football pyramid.

Northwich are currently riding high in third spot in the NPL First Division North having won nine of their opening 10 league games.

They knocked Premier Division Marine out of the FA Cup in the last round, winning 4-2 away from home.

“I think it is a good draw for us,” Jansen said.

“Ideally, we would have liked to have been at home, but it gives us every chance of winning through to the first round proper, which will be great for the club.”

On the injury front, Jansen has a slight doubt over striker Josh Hine, who has a slight niggle.

Midfielder Harry Winter will be in the squad once 
more after returning 
from a short loan with Ashton United ahead of last weekend’s game.