First round is the target for Ross

Mark Ross
Mark Ross
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Mark Ross is eager to tick another box on his career checklist this season.

The Chorley defender is desperate to make an appearance in the first round proper of the FA Cup – and hopefully make an appearance live on television.

Matt Jansen’s men begin their campaign in the competition on Saturday against Frickley Athletic in the second round of qualifying at Victory Park.

They are just three wins away from a possible draw against Football League opposition, and the pain of losing in the fourth and final qualifying round against AFC Halifax Town last season is still very fresh in the memory of Ross.

Halifax thrashed the Magpies 5-0 in a replay after the two teams drew 0-0 at Victory Park.

The Shaymen eventually went on to draw League One outfit and West Yorkshire rivals Bradford City in the next round, losing 2-1 live on television.

Ross said: “I have got a lot of things I want to achieve and one of them is to have a really good cup run in the FA Cup and play on television.

“I would love to do that and the gaffer has come out and said that he wants to have a good cup run this year.

“I’ve never been to the first round and that is something that I definitely want to do.

“I remember last year I was on my way back from injury and I did not play against Halifax. I was gutted because I could not affect the game and Halifax went on to play on TV against Bradford.”

Although in a division below, Frickley are well known to Chorley with the two clubs having met on many occasions in the past. And Ross knows he and his team-mates will have to be at their best to progress to the next round.

“We’ve played them a lot over the years and I’ve heard they’ve been playing well this season, so it’s going to be a tough game.” Ross is also enjoying playing under new boss Jansen, who took on the top job this summer after spending the previous five years as Garry Flitcroft’s assistant.

“It’s a bit different playing under the new manager,” said Ross, who played in Chorley’s 2-0 loss to Lowestoft last weekend.

“It’s a bit more relaxed and I would say we are closer to him because he was the man we went to when Garry Flitcroft was the manager.”