Tuesday September 10th, 7.45pm
Chorley FC produced a fine display of football on Tuesday evening with a fantastic two-one victory at Matlock Town. The Magpies who are still unbeaten now sit top of the Evo-Stik Premier Division. Goals from Jake Cottrell and Tom Baker either side of a Daryll Thomas strike gave the visitors three points and continued their winning streak to three games writes Josh Vosper.
In a lively encounter Chorley started brightly by firing crosses in all over the field but no one could get on the end of them. The first real chance came after 10 minutes when Josh Hine broke through to go one-on-one with the goalkeeper but he could only hit wide. At the other end Matlock had a shot on goal but it finished in the safe hands of Sam Ashton. By now Hine was running the defence ragged and had another shot at the Matlock goal but the keeper parried and Dale Whitham couldn’t take advantage with the rebound.
Midway through the first half James Dean turned and swivelled to see his shot go sailing over the bar but Chorley were all over the home defence. Crosses kept flying through the box and it was 32 minutes when the Magpies broke the deadlock. After some lovely build up play Josh Hine crossed the ball into the box and Jake Cottrell duly put the ball into the corner of the net scoring his first goal for the club. By now the visitors had grown in confidence and Hine, Dean and Teague all had chances to get on the score sheet. Coming to the end of the first half Jake Cottrell made a sliding tackle on the halfway line, much to the anger of the home side but the referee deemed it worthy of a yellow card. Matlock had shots on goal but the referee blew for half time and the visitors were 1-0 up.
In the second period Chorley continued their dominance and always looked dangerous, especially counter attacking with Josh Hine on the wing. The first chance saw Keil O’Brien head just over the bar from a Tom Baker corner. It was from a dominant position that Matlock would equalise, as Keil O’Brien slipped in the heart of defence to let Daryll Thomas run into the box and slot home as Ashton dived the wrong way. For the next 10 minutes Matlock threw everything at Chorley but the visitors stood firm with Ashton assured and confident in goal. With 75 minutes on the clock Josh Hine ran the length of the pitch yet again only to be professionally fouled 25 yards from goal. Tom Baker stepped up to take the resulting free-kick and scored one of the goals of the season, leaving the Matlock goalkeeper no chance as it sailed into the bottom left hand corner. After the Magpies had regained the lead Matlock looked to have equalised yet again but Ashton was at full stretch to keep the Gladiators out.
Although the Magpies were holding on to a precious lead they still played the better football and kept it firmly on the ground. James Dean came off to make way for Darren Stepheson, who provided fresh legs for the last period of play. Dale Whitham had a golden chance to finish the game off in the 90th minute but he scuffed his effort which went agonisingly wide. By now the referee had indicated 5 minutes of added time and Matlcok were throwing everything at the visitors. Numerous chances came and went but Sam Ashton along with the Chorley defence stood firm. The Magpies managed to hold on and thoroughly deserved the three points against a tough Matlock Town side.
Starting XI: Sam Ashton, Mark Ross, Adam Mather, Andy Teague (c), Keil O’Brien, Jake Cottrell, Josh Hine, Tom Baker, James Dean, Dale Whitham, Paul Jarvis
Subs: Paul O’Neill, Darren Stephenson (Dean, 76), Jamie Vermiglio, Simon Wiles, Alex Meaney
Goal: JAKE COTTRELL (32), Daryll Thomas (55), TOM BAKER (74)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Tom Baker; Worked hard throughout the game and scored the goal that secured all three points for the Magpies.