The Magpies maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a goalless draw against Whitby Town at Victory Park.
After Tuesday night’s set back of conceding three goals in the final 18 minutes against Ashton United, it was good to see a first clean sheet of the season.
The opening 45 minutes was a scrappy encounter with neither side settling with Whitby having the first and only real attempt on goal with a shot sailing narrowly over the bar following a corner routine on 18 minutes.
After the interval Chorley played with more purposed and created several chances while Whitby were satisfied with sitting deep and hitting on the break.
Mark Ross squared a the ball to Darren Stephenson on 54 minutes, but the strikers shot was blocked, then five minutes later Paul Jarvis played a superb ball to the feet of Josh Hine. The striker took the ball in his stride but Whitby keeper Shane Bland stood tall and denied Hine’s two attempts.
Adam Mather, back in the side after missing Tuesday’s game due to a family wedding, crossed to Jarvis, but the midfielders side footed effort skied over the bar (has it gone in yours truly would have collected the golden goal, so thank you Mr Jarvis!).
Almost immediately after Jarvis’ miss, Stephenson and Hine broke, but somehow with the goal gapping both strikers looked tired as they exchanged passed, but neither player making a clean contact with the ball and a great opportunity was wasted.
On seventy minutes Whitby had theyr first chance of the half, but Sam Ashton’s reflex save to a point-blank header kept the visitors at bay.
In quick succession captain Andy Teague had two headers, both from ball in by Tom Baker, but both just missed the target.
Substitute Simon Wiles crossed to Hine, but the ball was just an inch too high for the striker with the goal gapping, then Baker saw a pot shot from the edge of the area flash wide.
Town had their final chance of the match with a little over five minutes to play, but the cross come shot on the break didn’t threaten Ashton’s goal, while the Magpies last attempt saw Stephenson snatch a shot over after a knock down from substitute Adam Roscoe deep into injury time.
Chorley XI: Sam Ashton, Mark Ross, Adam Mather, Andy Teague, Keil O’Brien, Jamie Vermiglio, Paul Jarvis, Tom Baker, Josh Hine, Darren Stephenson & Jake Cottrell
Subs: Paul O’Neill, Tom Ince, Adam Roscoe (Hine, 88), Simon Wiles (Vermiglio, 49), Alex Meaney (Jarvis, 81)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Paul Jarvis, worked his socks off