The Magpies produced a stunning display of attacking football to all-but finish off their hosts before the break. Josh O’Keefe, Adam Blakeman & Marcus Carver notched before half time, with Louis Almond & Elliot Newby completing the scoring in the second half.
The Robins handed debuts to Luke Ashworth & Jak Hickman and made three further swaps with Josh Ollerenshaw, Nicky Platt & Curtis Jones also starting.
The Magpies made three changes from the side that drew 2-2 at Brackley last Saturday, as Adam Blakeman & Courtney Meppen-Walter returned to the squad and Louis Almond started
Ashton United: Ollerenshaw; Hickman, Regan, Jones (McHale, 46′), Chalmers, Ashworth, Platt, Lees (c), Hobson, McAtee (Jackson, 46′), Tomsett (Evangelinos, 63′). Subs not used: Hill, Sephton
Chorley: Urwin; Challoner, Blakeman, Teague (c) (Anson, 67′), Leather, Meppen-Walter, Wilson, O’Keefe (Cottrell, 71′), Carver, Almond (Whitham, 62′), E.Newby. Subs not used: Short, Eccles.
11′ GOAL (Chorley): Adam Blakeman swung a corner in from the right and Josh O’Keefeheaded home via a Mark Lees deflection (1-0)
14′ CHANCE (Chorley): Andy Teague put Marcus Carver clean through, but the forward could only put his shot across Josh Ollerenshaw and wide
15′ CHANCE (Chorley): Louis Almond superbly rolled his man and let fly from 20 yards, only for Ollerenshaw to tip his effort over the bar at full stretch
17′ CHANCE (Chorley): Blakeman’s corner from the left found the head of Meppen-Walter, but Ollerenshaw was equal to the defender’s effort
31′ GOAL (Chorley): An Adam Blakeman special. Louis Almond did brilliantly to hold the ball up and fed the left back, who took a touch and hammered home from outside the box (2-0)
36′ YELLOW (Chorley): Josh O’Keefe was booked for a foul in the middle of the pitch
40′ GOAL (Chorley): Marcus Carver looped a header over Ollerenshaw from a perfect O’Keefe cross (3-0)
45′ CHANCE (Chorley): Almond’s shot across goal was inches away from Josh WIlson’s boot
46′ GOAL (Chorley): Louis Almond rolled home from close range, beating Ollerenshaw at his near post (4-0)
78′ CHANCE (Chorley): Ollerenshaw tried to chip the ball over Carver, only to hit the Chorley number nine. Fortunately for the ‘keeper he recovered in time
85′ GOAL (Chorley): Elliot Newby fired home his first for the Club after Marcus Carver was given the freedom of Hurst Cross to set him up (5-0)
90’+1 CHANCE (Ashton): Hobson was put clean through but Matt Urwin smoothered the effort
That’s what he said
“I’m made up with the performance because it was a potential banana skin today, but we’ve done extremely well. I’m delighted for Elliot Newby getting his first goal.” – Jamie Vermiglio
HT 0-3 / FT 0-5
Shots: Ashton United 10 Chorley 10
Corners: Ashton United 7 Chorley 10
Fouls: Ashton United 7 Chorley 14
Weather: 15c (heavy rain)
Referee: Michael Barlow
Assistants: Peter Simm & Akeel Ahmed
The Magpies’ return to Victory Park next Saturday for the visit of Alfreton Town. Admission is £12 adults, £9 concessions, £7 students, £5 12-to-16s & FREE accompanied children 11-and-under!
*Reporting by Alex Birch, Chris Park & Oran Willis