Trophy time for Magpies

Chorley boss Matt Jansen
Chorley boss Matt Jansen
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Chorley manager Matt Jansen is set to ring the changes this evening as they begin their defence of the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy.

The Magpies travel to Victoria Park to take on North West Counties’ outfit Nelson after receiving a bye into the second round of the competition.

After watching his side secure a hard-fought 1-0 win over Brackley Town on Saturday in the National League North, Jansen is expected to give run-outs to a number of his fringe players.

The Admirals – who are currently without a manager after Mark Fell stepped down a couple of weeks ago – are three levels below the Magpies in the football pyramid.

They are currently in a mid-table spot in the NWC Premier Division having won seven and lost eight of their opening 17 league games.

“There will be quite a few changes tonight for the game at Nelson,” said Jansen.

“It’s a opportunity for those players to come in and really stake a claim and show that they should be playing.”

Chorley have won the competition 16 times in their 132-year history – most recently last season when they defeated Clitheroe 3-0 at Bolton Wanderers’ Macron Stadium in March.

As Garry Flitcroft’s assistant manager for five years, Jansen has tasted success in the competition twice – Chorley were also winners in 2012.

He admits he would love to lead the club to success once more now that he is a manager.

“I want to win it,” Jansen said. “But I say this all the time, I’m a winner and I want to win any game I am involved in. We’ll approach the game tonight looking to win.”

One player who could be keen to play this evening is skipper Andy Teague.

The central defender missed the match on Saturday with a swollen knee, which he suffered in the FA Cup replay defeat to Northwich Victoria in midweek.

“Teaguey wanted to play on Saturday,” Jansen said. “But Keiran Charnock came in and was outstanding alongside Chris Doyle and now Teaguey will be looking to get back in.”

One player who is certain not to figure is striker Josh Hine, who has a shoulder injury and is not 100% fit.