Magpies are up for the cup after drawing neighbours

Jack Lynch goes through on goal
Jack Lynch goes through on goal

Andrew Teague admits he is delighted by the FA Cup third round qualifying draw which sees Chorley travel to rivals Bamber Bridge.

The talismanic skipper cannot wait for the tie which has already grabbed huge amounts of interest on social media.

An added bonus for the tie, which is worth £7,500 in prize money, is that Preston North End’s scheduled away trip to Swindon Town has been postponed due to international


And Teague hopes the lack of fixtures that weekend puts huge numbers on the gate at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium, which takes place on Saturday, October 11.

He said: “It’s a great game and it’s one all of the lads are looking forward to.

“We have spoken about it already and a few of the lads had even joked we could get Bamber Bridge on Saturday after we defeated Glossop North End.

“We won’t be taking Brig lightly as we know they have a good side with good players.

“Hopefully a big crowd turns out.

“We have shown we can get our fans out at home and as Brig is only 15 minutes away from Chorley, there isn’t any reason why it won’t be a bumper crowd.”

On Saturday, Chorley beat North West Counties outfit Glossop North End 1-0, with James Dean the goalscorer.

Despite the game not being the prettiest, boss Garry Flitcroft is pleased his side got the job done.

He said: “I was never worried about today.

“We had good chances in the first 15 minutes and I think if one of those would have gone in it would have been a much easier


“The longer it went on at 0-0 it was a bit tougher but we were always comfy.

“Sam Ashton didn’t have anything to do from our point of view and their lad was sent off when Astley would have gone through and scored.

“But we had chances and I’m pleased for James Dean, as I thought he was outstanding and he deserved his goal.”

Flitcroft’s squad has been savaged by injuries and suspensions over recent weeks.

But the Glossop game was the final ban for both Kyle Jacobs and Harry Winter and Flitcroft expects the pair to re-enter the frame for selection.

He said: “It was pleasing to get through the game without injuries. Kyle Jacobs, Harry Winter and Chris Almond are all back so we’ve got some quality players returning.

“I will have the strongest squad I can and it poses good selection problems that every manager wants.”

Former Barnsley man Tom Baker is back in full training after a year out with knee


The set-piece specialist will add more quality into the middle of midfield for Flitcroft and he is delighted to welcome him back.

He said: “We don’t have many midweek games this season so I’m looking to get a couple of games in for the lads that haven’t played too much recently.

“Tom has trained with us for the past two sessions and you can see he has quality.

“But he is coming back from a serious injury and we need coax him back


“But once he is properly fit, he will be a big asset for us.”

This Saturday, Chorley take on Harrogate Town at the Chorley Group Victory Park


And Flitcroft is more than confident ahead of the tie against the big spenders.

He added: “It’s another home game and I fancy beating anybody here.

“Harrogate won’t want fancy it and money doesn’t mean success.

“They haven’t had a great start and I don’t know if they’ll have a team spirit up there so it’s a game I’m more than confident of winning.”