Chorley made it through to the next qualifying round of the FA Cup, but North West Counties side Glossop North End players and supporters did their town and league proud.
Those on the pitch ensure the Magpies didn’t have an easy afternoon, while those off the pitch played their part in creating an excellent cup atmosphere and were certainly one the be best set of away supporters to visit The Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium in recent seasons.
However, no matter how loud and proud your supporters are it’s down to the XI v XI on the pitch that matters and a 72nd minute James Dean header was all the separated the two sides who at kick-off where three divisions and sixty-seven places apart in the non-league pyramid.
For the first five or ten minutes it looked like Chorley were going to blitz Glossop, but despite carving out several openings, Greg Hall in the North End goal remained untested much like Sam Ashton.
The pace of the game died down and the Hillman began to mount a challenge, taking the game to their hosts neither side looked like scoring and the half time whistle was the highlight of the opening period!
After the break, the game improved a little, but for long periods a draw looked the likely outcome.
Glossop playing in what could easily be described their ‘cup final’ certainly raised their game to live with the Magpies; while the home side were unable to raise theirs to the levels we come to expect; against the side from three leagues below it is often the case that players don’t rise to the occasion and this performance certainly had they feel.
Paul Jarvis and Jack Dorney were introduced to the action early in the second half, and they certainly added something that was missing earlier as the Magpies started to look more of a threat while at the back the defence looked comfortable.
Deano’s header for the winner arrived courtesy of an Adam Mather delivery from a free-kick near the corner flag. The big striker rose above everyone and his downward header fooled everyone as it then bounced over Hall and into the back of the net.
In injury time the visitors were reduced to ten men when Eddie Moran brought down substitute Astley Mulholland on the half way line with his keeper stranded having just come up for a corner. By the letter of the law it was a straight red, but a little harsh on Glossop who deserved there day out and will no doubt be looking to invest the £6245 prize money they’ve picked up to reach this round in pushing for a long overdue promotion to the Evo-Stik League.
Chorley XI: Sam Ashton, Mark Ross, Adam Mather, Chris Doyle, Tom Smyth, Adam Roscoe, Josh Hine, Dale Whitham, James Dean, Jack Lynch, Darren Stephenson
Subs: Jack Dorney (Stephenson, 52), Paul Jarvis (Lynch, 52), Andy Teague, Astley Mullholland (Hine, 67), Laquan Esdaille-Biney, Aaron Grundy
Goals: JAMES DEAN (72)
Red Card: Eddie Moran (90+1)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Adam Mather; cool, calm and collected.