Chorley boss Matt Jansen was a happy man yesterday after watching his men end the year on a high at Harrogate Town.
The Magpies defeated the Yorkshiremen 4-2 to move up to 11th in the National League North.
Two goals from Darren Stephenson and one from Andrew Teague gave the visitors a commanding 3-0 interval lead.
Town hit-back after the break through and pulled two goals back but an own goal from Danny Ellis in the 66th minute made the three points safe for Jansen’s men.
“It was a fantastic performance by the lads, especially first half,” Jansen said.
“We knew that we were going to have to weather a storm in the second half because they came out all guns blazing.
“Talk about the lads making me feel a little bit under pressure, but the fourth goal killed it for them.
“For the performances in the first half, we deserved the win.”
Meanwhile, Jansen is hoping the yesterday’s victory will be a springboard for a tilt at the play-offs over the second half of the season.
The former Blackburn Rovers striker – who will take his side to Kellamergh Park on Saturday to take on derby rivals AFC Fylde – is hoping his men can achieve their aim of promotion at the end of the season.
He said: “I want to win every game I go into – that is the same mentality I had as a player.
In 2016 my aim is still to get into the play offs.
“We can really be a strong force in this league and my aim is the play-offs and ultimately promotion.”
The Magpies finish this year outside of the top 10but Jansen urged his men to have a storming second half of the season and rise up the table.
He said :”We have built a great team and we have a great team spirit. If we can finish the season strong then we stand a great chance.”
Jansen brought in three new signings on Christmas Eve. Former-Crewe Alexandra striker Jordan Connerton has joined from Kendal Town. He is joined by midfielder Vinny Bailey and Portuguese striker Raul Correia.
ave also joined the club.
Captain Andy Teague welcomed the newcomers.
He said: “New players bring competition and encourage people to try and keep their place.”