by Alex Birch
The Magpies fell to their second defeat in three days after substitute Matt Warburton helped himself to a 17-minute hat trick towards the end of a game that looked destined to finish goalless.
Jordan Keane & Nyal Bell replaced Frank Mulhern & Matt Warburton as Jim Gannon tweaked his side after Saturday’s draw with Nuneaton. Jamie Vermiglio named an unchanged Chorley side for the third game running.
Stockport: Hinchliffe; Minihan, Duxbury, Keane, Palmer (c), Stott, Thomas, Walker, Bell (Mulhern, 89’), Osborne (Dimaio, 78’), Stephenson (Warburton, 46’). Subs not used: Downing, Ormson.
Chorley: Urwin; Challoner, Blakeman, Teague (c), Leather (Whitham, 75’), Meppen-Walter, A.Newby (Glynn, 62’), O’Keefe, Carver, Almond (Wilson, 71’), E.Newby. Subs not used: Cottrell, Anson.
Although the hosts made most of the running in the first half, Chorley looked relatively comfortable, aside from when allowing Nyal Bell a free run on a goal. Luckily for the visitors, the forward fluffed his lines at the vital moment, curling his shot wide when scoring would have been easier.
Elliot Newby and Louis Almond both saw half chances fly over the bar and into the home end, but that was it for a first half played at a good tempo by both teams.
The second produced much of the same, with both teams trading decent chances, including an early warning of things to come from Warburton, who curled just wide minutes after being introduced from the bench. But a minute after Josh Wilson had a header ruled out for offside, County struck.
Bell got free down the right channel and his pull back was swept home from close range by Warburton. Five minutes later the same man ended the contest.
Bell was again the provider after The Magpies lost possession in midfield, with Warburton hammering home past an exposed Matt Urwin.
To add insult to injury the half time sub completed his hat trick with time running down, beating Urwin low after another decisive Stockport breakaway.
HT 0-0 /FT 3-0
Goal scorers: Warburton (73’, 78’ & 90’)
Cautions: Challoner (12’)
Weather: Cold & rainy (6c)
Referee: Mike Barlow
Assistants: Daniel Bruce & Luis Griffiths
A return to Victory Park for the visit of Spennymoor Town on Saturday (3pm). Admission is £12 adults, £9 over-60s/NHS/first responders/armed services, £7 students, £5 12-16s & FREE accompanied under-12s.