Saturday September 12th, 3pm
FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round
Looking back at the major upsets in FA Cup history, the root cause of a shock result is often complacency from the allegedly stronger side, allowing David to bloody Goliath’s nose, while Goliath has an off-day. The chasm between Chorley and Glossop North End is far from being as significant as that between the likes of Hereford and Newcastle, nor West Brom and Woking, to quote just two famous upsets, but the simplified expectation was always for the Magpies to advance to the 2nd Qualifying Round of the 2010 FA Cup.
But Chorley could ill afford complacency against a more than capable Glossop North End side, who, despite their North West Counties status, could probably give a few UniBond League teams a run for their money. If nerves were ever an issue for the Magpies, their cause was helped by an extremely fortuitous goal after just five minutes.
Terry Fearns attempted a half-volley from a Chorley corner, firing his effort against the legs of Alex Elliott. As the ball ricocheted, North End skipper Danny Yates went to blast the ball clear, but in doing so, only managed to smash the ball against the shins of Chris Mason. Nobody was more surprised than Mason as the ball flew into the back of the net via the post, to give Chorley a dream start.
The Magpies’ finishing in their previous match, at home to Prescot Cables, was about as impressive as the final touches of a cowboy builder, but all of a sudden, after a healthy slice of luck, the visitors to Surrey Street looked to have done away with their past profligacy. Mason cut inside of Glossop left-back Kelvin Lugsden, but a timely intervention from Yates came just as the No.7 prepared to pull the trigger.
Despite Chorley looking fairly comfortable at that stage, the hosts were level after 20 minutes. Good work came from Lee Blackshaw – a familiar face to Chorley supporters after his time at Mossley - before a centre that Darren Hamilton, breaking from midfield, latched on to - his finish was precise, to level the scores. Nullifying the threat of Glossop’s leading marksman, Sam Hind, was a key to Chorley’s win, Hind driving an opportunist shot wide of Zac Hibbert’s post on 21 minutes.
Lining up with a 4-3-3 formation gave Chorley the opportunity to deploy Chris Amadi to great effect on the left flank once again, and it was enterprise from the long-striding No.11 that set up the Magpies’ second goal. Amadi sprinted with the ball after picking up a corner that Chorley defended well, and after bamboozling Rick Bailey, Amadi beat right-back Ashley Smallwood, sending in a lively shot that Stuart Williams parried back into the danger area, Terry Fearns shaking off the attentions of Jason Gorton to slam the ball home for 2-1.
The game had a bizarre knack of opening up when you least expected it, and James Mullineux had to nip the danger in the bud when a stray pass in the midfield looked set to give Bailey a free run at goal. Bailey was, on the day, Glossop’s main threat, his crafty one-two with centre forward Hind the build up for a tremendous strike that Hibbert palmed around the post well.
As he did to provide the second goal, Amadi picked up on a cleared corner and ran the full length of the pitch, though his lung-busting run went to waste with a wild slice of the ball that flew high and wide. Glossop seemed reinvigorated for 15 minutes after the interval, Bailey hitting the post with a terrific effort, and a goalmouth scramble leaving Hibbert in the lurch, before Mullineux cleared the ball to safety.
But Chorley weren’t devoid of chances, their best move coming after an indirect free kick. Amadi’s set piece from the left went back to the edge of the area, and was hoofed clear, before Mullineux put the ball back into the box. Jamie Holme teed up Wayne Maden, the centre-half’s fierce half-volley bravely blocked by Yates, before the skipper hoofed the ball away for a corner, that was eventually cleared away by Alex Elliott.
Goalscorers Chris Mason and Terry Fearns were replaced by Christian Sawicki and Josh Kenworthy respectively, as Chorley tightened up, although the pace and energy of Kenworthy was the ammunition for the goal that saw Chorley home and hosed. With five minutes of normal time to play, Michael Owens unselfishly played in Kenworthy, who timed his run perfectly to take a cool touch around Williams in the Glossop goal, and fire into the unguarded net to make it 3-1.
More drama was yet to come however, Bailey claiming a deserved goal after sustained North End pressure in the aftermath of Kenworthy’s strike. Teed up by Hind, Bailey finished well through a crowd of players to make the last few minutes, including three minutes of stoppage time, more interesting.
Chorley made the dying embers of the match seem much more like hard work than they needed to however, not least when the hurrying hosts won a corner in the third minute of added time. Big defender Jason Gorton rose with a towering header from the penalty spot, but Hibbert got hands to the effort, cue a communal sigh of relief from all connected with his team.
One last punt up field from the Magpies’ goalkeeper was all that was required thereon, before Mr McDonald ended proceedings for the day, as Steve Waywell’s troops booked their place in the next round, banking £3,000 in the process.
Report by Jack Hepworth
XI: Zac Hibbert, Chris Smalley, James Mullineux, Tom Spearritt, Wayne Maden, Reece Kelly, Chris Mason, Jamie Holme, Terry Fearns, Michael Owens, Chris Amadi
Subs: Danny Nolan, Martin Clark (for Owens), Phil Cooney, Christian Sawicki (Mason), Josh Kenworthy (Fearns), Matty Barrett, Jamie Scott
Goals: CHRIS MASON (5), Dan Hamilton (20), TERRY FEARNS (25), JOSH KENWORTHY (85), Rick Daley (87)
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 May 2012 22:05