It was an all-round off day at Aggborough for the Magpies as tenants Worcester City cruised to a two-nil victory.
A great finish on the half-hour mark from Ellis Deeney and a tap in from close range by Tristan Dunkley four minutes from time sealed the points for City in there temporary Kidderminster home.
Following Tuesday night’s victory over North Ferriby the Magpies were proudly perched at the top of the league table, but a lacklustre performance brought them down to earth with a bump.
Worcester started the better side and maintained the form throughout and had two sighters prior to scoring, and when the goal came shat a goal it was. Despite Sam Ashton being in top form there was nothing he could do to prevent Ellis Deeney’s curling effort from the edge of the box from nestling into the top corner.
Going behind can be the kick-start a side often needs, but not today as Chorley barley put two passes together in the opposition half during the first period, while Worcester pressed for a second before the break, with Ashton making two fine saves to keep out a direct free-kick and an overhead effort.
After the break it was more of the same with the hosts trying their luck from all angles, but most of the attempts needing little of no effort from Ashton.
On the hour mark Darren Stephenson nodded Chorley’s first chance inches wide of the past from a James Dean cross, and this was to be Dean’s last piece of the action as he was withdrawn to allow Paul Jarvis to join the game.
Jarvis’s inclusion brought some impetus to team and they started to look like threatening, but the cramping of debutant Laquan Esdaille-Biney, in the side for injured skipper Andy Teague, meant a reshuffle and this hampered the teams progress, but his replacement Jack Lynch might have done enough in the few minutes on the park to warrant a start next week with Chorley’s only shot on target, an effort from range that home keeper Nathan Vaughan palmed around the post to safety.
However the game was already over a s contest when Lynch had his shot after Dunkley had converted a cross minutes earlier from close range.
Although injuries and suspensions have robbed the side of several key players; with Tom Baker, Jake Cottrell, Adam Dodd, Kyle Jacobs, Andy Teague, Jamie Vermiglio and Harry Winter all absent, the squad players have all stepped into do a job with Esdaille-Biney making in impressive debut, but the disappointing thing from today’s performance was the last of a performance from some of our established players… Must do better!
Starting XI: Sam Ashton, Mark Ross, Adam Mather, Laquan Esdaille-Binney, Tom Smyth, Adam Roscoe, Josh Hine, Dale Whitham, James Dean, Jack Dorney, Darren Stephenson
Subs: Paul Jarvis (Dean, 66), Jack Lynch (Esdaille-Biney, 72), Chris Almond, Matt Jansen, Aaron Grundy
Goals: Ellis Deeney (31), Tristan Dunkley (86)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Sam Ashton, say no more!