Date: Saturday 19 November 2016\r\n\r\nCompetition: Vanarama National League North\r\n\r\nKick-Off: 15:00\r\n\r\nLocation: Victory Park, Chorley.\r\n\r\nAdmission: £10 Adults, £7 Concessions (Over 60’s), £5 Aged 12-16, Free Aged 11 and under.\r\n\r\nFollowing last week’s disappointing defeat at home to Curzon Ashton, The Tigers sit just two points adrift of the play-offs in seventh as we travel north to Chorley, writes Ollie Williams.\r\n\r\nThe Form\r\n\r\nThe loss against Curzon was our third loss in nine home league games and our second in the last five matches in the National League North.\r\n\r\nBeforehand we had three victories on the spin keeping us within great distance of the top five. A 2-0 away win at Alfreton kept us in the hunt after back-to-back three points against FC United of Manchester at Broadhurst Park (2-4) and basement side Bradford Park Avenue (1-0) at home.\r\n\r\nChorley currently sit in 3rd and are in some great form coming into this weekends match. With two wins on the spin and with home advantage they will be hoping to take all three points and put pressure on top side AFC Fylde – who the Tigers will face in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy.\r\n\r\nThe Magpies come into the game on the back of a 2-0 win over Gainsborough Trinity last weekend and ahead of the clash had narrowly beaten fellow play-off placed FC Halifax Town at Victory Park.\r\n\r\nThere is a little extra spice to Saturday’s game with both sides having met four times since February 2015, the Magpies have never managed to beat Tim Harris’ side with three Tigers wins.\r\n\r\nOur first match was a 2-1 away win with goals from Chris Knowles and an Andrew Teague own goal.\r\n\r\nThe next match two months later also saw a win by the same score line with goals from Harry Williams and Tom Webb, cancelling out a James Dean penalty for the Magpies.\r\n\r\nLast season saw Chorley’s first point against us in a 1-1 draw after a 1-0 win earlier in the campaign courtesy of a Knowles header.\r\n\r\nKey Player\r\n\r\nFor City this week Joe Hanks is a must. The midfielder took up a new role against Curzon Ashton when goalkeeper Jasbir Singh was sent off.\r\n\r\nHanks had to don the gloves at 1-0 down and stepped in for Singh. After some impressive form in the middle of the park, he proved he can do a job in goal showing he is able to play all over the pitch. This weekend will see him return to his natural position if selected and fighting for the Tigers with normal service resuming.\r\n\r\nFor Chorley top scorer Jason Walker has seven goals so far this term and will be looking to add to his tally at Victory Park this Saturday.\r\n\r\nThe Magpies front man joined in the summer from Barrow and was a natural goal scorer for the Bluebirds in two stints as well as for the likes of York City and Southport to name just a couple. He also had a brief stint in the Swedish First Division in 2013.\r\n\r\nCity will have to be wary of young striker Alex Samizadeh, who has joined the Magpies on a youth loan agreement from Bolton Wanderers. Samizadeh is one of the most exciting prospects in the Wanderers academy and made an immediate impression on his debut against Gainsborough last weekend, getting on the scoresheet.\r\n\r\nTeam news\r\n\r\nJasbir Singh’s red card, picked up at home to Curzon Ashton last weekend, has been rescinded making the goalkeeper available for selection on Saturday.\r\n\r\nSam Avery is also avaialble for selection once again. The 2015/16 Player of the Season missed out last weekend with a knock but he is back and available once more.
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