Matt’s rally cry ahead of promotion decider

Adam Roscoe celebrates scoring the winning goal
Adam Roscoe celebrates scoring the winning goal

Chorley are on the brink of history and boss Matt Jansen has called on the fans to evacuate the town and cheer his team to glory.

The Magpies travel to the Shay to face FC Halifax Town in the play-off final on Saturday, with the winners guaranteed promotion to the National League.

Jansen’s men just sneaked into the play-offs due to fifth-placed Darlington failing to meet ground grading criteria.

It looked like Chorley’s promotion dream was going to end at the semi-final stage after losing their home leg to second-placed Kidderminster 1-0.

However, a fantastic performance in the second leg saw them win 2-0 thanks to goals from Marcus Carver and a last-gasp tie winner from Adam Roscoe, who has made a habit of scoring crucial play-off goals.

Jansen has called on the fans to keep the noise up and cheer the boys over the line on Saturday but stressed that the job is not done yet after jubilant scenes at the Aggborough Stadium.

He said: “The fans were outstanding again and the team putting their bodies on the line and going that extra yard is down to them.

“The last five or six games they have managed to get us results and if they can do that in our last final game I’m sure we will be okay.

“The job isn’t finished yet, we have got one last push, we will go there full of confidence and if we can play like we can, we have every chance.”

Striker Jack Sampson is back into contention after serving his three match ban but centre-half Stephen Jordan is a doubt (groin).

And Jansen was full of praise for his fighters.

He said: “Like I’ve always said we have not got the budget and the luxury of just having this player and that player but what we have got is work ethic and a team that will fight for their lives and they did, they are throwing their bodies on the line, they are running tirelessly, they just give everything.”

“At the start that was the team talk - just give your all, there is no fear on you, you are the underdogs, just give your all, wear your heart on your sleeve and they did that.

“They are a huge asset to this football club because they are a unit, they are a team, they are together and I’m so proud of them.

“It is a credit to be managing them.”

The club have provisionally booked six coaches to ferry supporters to the clash.

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