Magpies all set for high-flying Solihull

Striker James Dean celebrates scoring his second for the Magpies
Striker James Dean celebrates scoring his second for the Magpies

Chorley boss Matt Jansen admits he fancies his chances ahead of Saturday’s National League North fixture against table-toppers Solihull Moors.

The Magpies welcome Solihull to Victory Park fresh off a home win against Frickley Athletic in the FA Cup.

Victory over Frickley has handed Chorley a third qualifying round tie against Whitley Bay, with £7,500 going to the winners.

High-flying Moors are in fine form having won eight of their last 10 league fixtures.

Last season, the Magpies fell short against Solihull losing 3-1 at Damson Park before drawing 0-0 at home.

Ahead of Saturday’s crunch fixture, Jansen wants to build on the Frickley victory.

“We’ve got to fancy our chances against Solihull,” he said.

“We’re in good form and we’re a strong side and we’ve got a strong squad.

“We have to fancy our chances at home, hopefully it will be a buzzing atmosphere and everybody will turn out.”

Saturday’s win over Frickley also brought a welcomed return to form for James

Dean.

The big striker was going through a barren spell having last scored in April against Guiseley.

But two goals on Saturday broke his duck for the season and Jansen was delighted for his number nine.

“It was great for Deano to score twice,” he added.

“He’s a great lad and he works so hard.

“All players go through barren spells and it will happen.

You’ve got to keep working and it will happen, it’s happened for him and I’m sure now he’ll have a rout.”

Tonight, Tuesday, Chorley travel to Ashton Athletic to play a friendly, kick-off is 7.30pm.