The Magpies eased into Monday’s Fourth Round Qualifying draw with a 3-0 victory away at Peterborough Sports. Adam Blakeman continued his brilliant goal scorer form by grabbing a brace, before Marcus Carver rounded off the scoring on a cold and windy day.
The home side made nine changes from their reshuffled side that lost 4-1 at Kings Lynn in the Southern League Cup on Tuesday evening, as numerous first teamers returned to the match day squad.
Despite suffering with a number of injuries Chorley managed to put together a strong side, making only two changes from last weekend’s draw against Chester. Kieran Glynn made his full debut in midfield alongside Jake Cottrell.
Peterborough: Moat, Griffiths, Bucciero, Malone, Wall, Lawlor, Vieria, McCammon (Webb, 54′), M.Jones (c), Hilliard, Moreman (R.Jones, 54′). Subs not used: Newman, Williams, Connell, Meadows.
Chorley: Urwin; Challoner, Blakeman, Teague (c), Leather, Meppen-Walter (Anson, 75′), Glynn (Whitham, 61′), Cottrell, Carver, Wilson (Lazarus, 73′), E.Newby. Subs not used: O’Brien, Jordan, Almond, Eccles.
Urwin saved low from long distance in the opening exchanges as the wind whipped around the Bee Arena. Josh Wilson put Marcus Carver clean through but the forward’s effort was brilliant tipped away for a corner by Lewis Moat in the home goal. Blakeman was next to test the reflexes of Moat, with a right footed drive, as Chorley turned up the pressure looking for an early goal.
Courtney Meppen-Walter’s thunderous strike from 30 yards smashed against the bar via the ‘keepers finger tips as Moat continued the thwart Chorley’s best efforts.
Elliot Newby had the next Chorley chance, but his effort from Carver’s cutback flew horribly over the bar. From Chorley’s sixth corner of the half Josh Wilson’s effort from inside the six yard box was cleared off the line as the visitors kept up the pressure on the home goal.
Blakeman’s rangy free kick was next to setup a chance. The lofty ball found Meppen-Walter in front of goal, and although he beat the ‘keeper, the defender’s effort was cleared off the line. However, within seconds The Magpies led as Newby fed Blakeman from the clearance, and the left back looped home a shot from outside the box for his eighth of the season.
Sports almost equalised right on half time, but after Matt Challoner had almost put the ball in his own net, Urwin made a magnificent stop with his legs to deny Avelino Vieira.
With four minutes gone in the second half Blakeman’s inswinging corner swung too much for the ‘keeper and went straight in to double Chorley’s lead.
Chorley almost had a third within a minute as Newby was setup by Glynn, who did brilliant to rob the defender and play him in, but Moat was equal to the effort.
Lewis Hilliard responded for The Turbines with a wicked free kick that fizzed inches wide from 30 yards, before a streaker offered brief respite.
Complete with handbag the interloper hugged Sports’ Lewis Webb, patty is stomach, then jumped the fence surrounding the pitch, jumped the fence to get out of the ground, but in doing so, dropped his bag.
Once the ball was back in play, Carver rounded the ‘keeper only to see his effort cleared off the line yet again. He wasn’t to be denied forever though, and when Meppen-Walter’s persistence allowed the big defender to slide Carver through on goal the forward made no mistake in grabbing the third.
Man of the Match
BBC Sport selected Adam Blakeman
That’s what he said
“We knew it was a potential banana skin, but we preapred right and produced a really good performance to go with the result which was very pleasing. We’re delighted to be in the next round.” – Jamie Vermiglio
HT 0-1 /FT 0-3
Shots: Peterborough 9 Chorley 18
Corners: Peterborough 2 Chorley 11
Fouls: Peterborough 9 Chorley 12
Attendance: 404 (new club record)
Weather: 8c (cold & wet)
Referee: Amy Fearn
Assistants: Gareth Davis & Tim Walker
A visit to AFC Telford United (3pm) in the National League North next Saturday. Prices to enter News Bucks Head are £13 adults, £10 concessions, £5 16-19s & £1 under-16s.
*Reporting by Alex Birch, Chris Park & Oran Willis