Chorley didn’t play along to North Ferriby’s celebratory script as the FA Trophy winner’s home coming ended empty handed in a seven goal thriller.
The Villagers upset the odds last weekend to beat Wrexham in non-league premier knock-out competition, winning the trophy following a penalty shootout, but today needing a win to maintain their own slim play-off hopes.
In front of their largest home league attendance of the season, swelled by some 200 in black & white, Ferriby started strong an took an early lead threw two-goal Wembley hero Ryan Kendall when he converted a 7th minutes cross from Jason St Juste.
Paul Jarvis tested home keeper Jonathan Hedge then appeared to accidentally handle the ball in his own area minutes later, however the referee ignored the protests from the home side.
Ferriby, obviously buoyed on following last week’s success and the pre match parading of the silverware looked to capitalise on their strong start, but Adam Roscoe was on hand to clear a St Juste effort off the line.
Chorley regained their composure and edged into the reckoning and just before the half hour mark Harry Winter found an equaliser.
Jack Dorney cross from the left flank was initially brought down by Winter, who showed quick feet to control and lay the ball off the Josh Hine; Hine then his raking effort across the face of goal which Winter just got a toe onto to poke home.
Minutes later it was nearly two. Chorley were putting this home side under the cosh and their defence was all over the place, but Josh Wilde somehow headed off the line to prevent an own goal.
Chorley’s afternoon wasn’t all smooth as centre back Chris Doyle turned his ankle and had to be withdrawn and is now a doubt ahead of Monday’s game against title chasing Barrow; Matt Flynn replaced him alongside Andy Teague.
The Peter Crouch of northern non-league football, ex-Wakefield and Worksop striker Tom Denton, then headed the home side into a half time lead, turning a corner in from close range.
After the break Roscoe blasted an effort over as Chorley looked more threatening going forward but were occasionally caught out at the back, no more so than on 53 minutes when St Juste weaved through several players on his way to the edge of the box before squaring to an unmarked Kendall, but the striker, which the entire goal to aim for, picked out Sam Ashton’s legs, and form the resulting corner Danny Clarke shot over.
Chorley took advantage of Ferriby’s failure to convert this chance and levelled soon after, though not as simply as it could have been.
Defender Danny Hone, who many might have thought was related to an octopus as his arms were everywhere all afternoon, was penalised for a push in the area; but Aaron Burns’ penalty was well saved by Hedges, diving to his right to push the ball out of play.
However form Dale Whitham’s delivery Matt Flynn rose above everyone, even Denton, to smash an unstoppable header into the top corner.
Five minutes later and Chorley were in front for the first time.
Burns, with his back to goal did will on the corner of the six-yard box to juggle the ball into a shooting position, which Roscoe latched onto giving Hedges no chance.
However the lead didn’t last and the home side equalised with fifteen minutes left of the clock when Liam King netted a penalty after Teague fouled Hone in the area.
But the game didn’t end all square as Aaron Burns netted a deserved goal, bringing the ball down well before finished coolly past the helpless Hedges.
Starting XI: Sam Ashton, Mark Ross, Paul Jarvis, Andy Teague, Chris Doyle, Adam Roscoe, Josh Hine, Dale Whitham, Aaron Burns, Harry Winter, Jack Dorney
Subs: Chris Almond (Roscoe, 87), Adam Dodd, Matt Flynn (Doyle, 36), Jake Cottrell (Whitham, 61), Jack Lynch
Goals: Ryan Kendall (7), HARRY WINTER (29), Tom Denton (40), MATT FLYNN (61), ADAM ROSCOE (66), Liam King (74), AARON BURNS (84)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Adam Roscoe; controlled the midfield