Harrogate Town will be looking to return to winning ways on Tuesday night as beaten play-off finalists Chorley visit The CNG Stadium.
Saturday’s draw at Stockport County made it seven points from the opening three games, three more than Tuesday night’s opponents.
Matt Jansen’s side started the season with an impressive win at Kidderminster Harriers before slipping to defeat against Salford and playing out a 1-1 draw with Curzon Ashton.
Town manager Simon Weaver had this to say ahead of the contest: “We are expecting a really tough game, they have an experienced manager and an experienced team.
“It is going to be similar to Stockport in the fact that they will put balls into the box, but we will have to deal with that, and that doesn’t mean we have to change the way we play when we get it.”
The Magpies are expected to be fighting at the top of the table again this season having not finished lower than eighth during their three seasons in the National League North.
Tuesday night’s visitors boast one of the league’s best defences, which no team conceded fewer goals than last season, though only two goals in their first three matches of 2017/18 suggest their problems lie at the other end of the field.
Both sides have three wins apiece from their six league meetings to date, with Town claiming the spoils most recently when Joe Leesley and Simon Ainge scored in a 2-1 victory at The CNG Stadium in March.
That afternoon was Chorley’s last away league defeat in normal time, though The Magpies have only won two of their previous eight competitive fixtures.
Chorley’s defence will have to be at their impressive best to come away with anything on Tuesday night with only Darlington and Brackley scoring more than Town in the opening three games.
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