The Magpies went nine points clear at the top of the Manarama National League North with a 3-1 victory over a tough Alfreton Town.
Matt Challoner grabbed his first of the season to put the home in control, before a penalty from Adam Blakeman doubled the advantage. Bobby Johnson hit back with a stunner late in the first half, but a second Blakeman penalty secured the points.
The Magpies were unchanged from last Saturday’s 5-0 win at Ashton United. New signing Kieran Glynn made the bench alongside the returning Stephen Jordan.
David Shiels, Dec Bacon & new signing Jordan Sinnott were the visitors’ three new faces following their home defeat to Guiseley.
Chorley: Urwin; Challoner, Blakeman (Cottrell, 80′) Teague (c), Leather, Meppen-Walter, Wilson, O’Keefe, Carver, Almond (Glynn, 46′), E.Newby (Whitham, 72′). Subs not used: Anson, Jordan.
Alfreton Town: Ramsbottom; Clifton, Wilde, Riley (c) (Platt, 54′), Gowling, Shiels, Johnson, Hotte, Peniket, Bacon (Bateson, 54′) Sinnott (Chettle, 78′). Subs not used: Nicholson, Clackstone.
04′ CHANCE (Chorley): Louis Almond was the first to fire at the Alfreton goal, but his turn-and-shot flies wide
21′ GOAL (Chorley): Matt Challoner hammered home from close range after Alfreton ‘keeper Sam Ramsbottom spilled Josh Wilson header (1-0)
28′ GOAL (Chorley): Adam Blakeman grabbed his fifth of the season from the spot after Louis Almond was stopped in his tracks by Ramsbottom (2-0)
33′ GOAL (Alfreton): Bobby Johnson looped a wonderful 25-yard shot past the helpless Matt Urwin (2-1)
45’ CHANCE (Chorley): Marcus Carver’s shot from range was superbly tip around the post by Ramsbottom
53′ CHANCE (Alfreton): Jordan Sinnott shot just wide from the edge of the box
61′ GOAL (Chorley): Another Adam Blakeman penalty, this time after Ramsbottom fouled Wilson in the box (3-1)
67′ CHANCE (Chorley): Carver’s header from an Elliot Newby cross was brilliantly palmed behind by Ramsbottom
77′ YELLOW (Alfreton): Josh Gowling went in the book for a foul on Carver
79′ YELLOW (Alfreton): Nathan Hotte for a late tackle on Blakeman
Man of the Match
Match sponsors Demolition & Dismantling (NW) Ltd, Fogartys Insurance & Optec Electrical Services (Manchester) Ltd selected Marcus Carver
That’s what he said
“It’s another great three points against a very tough, physical side. Billy Heath always has his sides well prepared, they matched us up playing three at the back, which I took as a huge compliment, but we were able to battle through, get on the front foot and get the result we deserved.” – Jamie Vermiglio
HT 2-1 /FT 3-1
Shots: Chorley 19 Alfreton 9
Corners: Chorley 8 Alfreton 3
Fouls: Chorley 13 Alfreton 10
Weather: 17c (cloudy)
Referee: Ben Speedie
Assistants: Neil Evans & Ian Walsh
We begin another Emirates FA Cup campaign next Saturday at Victory Park, when Leek Town are the visitors for a 3pm kick-off.
*Reporting by Alex Birch & Chris Park