Chorley successfullydefeated Barrow 2-1 in the Lancashire Challenge Trophy after an excellent performanceat the Furness Building Society Stadium writes Josh Vosper.
Manager GarryFlitcroft made eight changes to the squad that faced Boston United at theweekend. Notably Chris Almond, Jack Lynch, Chris Simm and Astley Mulholland all featured in the starting line-up against a strong Bluebirds side.
The travelling Magpies started brightly, looking to get a foothold in the game. After just three minutes Darren Stephenson had a glorious chance just inside the box but his effort was blocked and turned away from Taylor in the Barrow goal. Five minutes later after some lovely build up play Mulholland crossed an effort into the area but it went sailing wide. The visitors finally got their reward on the 11th minute and deservedly took the lead. Stephenson made a fantastic run down the right and passed the ball to Simm. The ex-Chester striker pulled the ball back to Jack Lynch who smashed home, although it took adeflection on route. Flitcroft’s men were on the rampage and soon made it two.After 15 minutes the impressive Simm had a shot blocked and Whitham netted from the resulting corner. His cross sailed past everyone and even eluded the goalkeeper to score a remarkable goal.
Barrow clearly looked shaken as the rampant Magpies seemed to be in cruise control. Simm even had chance to score for himself but his attempted lob went sailing over the bar. On 26 minutes Anthony Wilson had a wonderful chance for the Cumbrian side but his effort went blazing past Grundy, who hadn’t been troubled since kick-off. Four minutes later McWilliams put a ball through to Ted Cribley who fired just wide from an acute angle. As half-time approached the home sidehad another chance to reduce the deficit from a free-kick. The ball ended up to Jamie Crowther, but his effort just sailed past the post. Chorley were doing their fair share of attacking but that first Barrow goal just had to come. It arrived in the 40th minute when ex-Magpie Dan Pilkington crossed from the left and Wilson was on hand to turn it home past the scrambling Grundy.
The second half started in the same vein as the first. After just 47 minutes Chris Almond had an effort from outside the box go wide. The ex-Southport striker then had another chance as Simm provided the perfect ball, but goalkeeper Taylor dealt with it comfortably. The Bluebirds clearly looked to up their game but Chorley were having none of it. Just on the hour Darren Stephenson found himself in the box with the ball, but on his left foot, dragged the shot wide of the post. The home side were clearly getting annoyed with themselves, as stand in skipper Dale Whitham marshalled his defence wonderfully. On 70 minutes the ball fell for Johnny Gorman but the Barrow centre forward could only fire into the stand,as the Magpies stood firm. From a corner Jack Lynch put the perfect ball into the box but Stephenson hit wide, although the linesman had adjudged him offside. Minutes later another corner flew into the area but Chris Simm saw his effort trickle past the wrong side of the post.
As quarter of an hour approached both sides looked to get that all important goal. As Chorley pressed forward Jack Lynch danced past the Barrow defence to tee up Simm, whose deflected shot went wide for a corner. As time went on Flitcroft introduced Hine to the game to add much needed pace up top as tired legs started to show. Out of nowhere Gorman had a glorious chance to equalise but saw his effort go out of play,as Grundy looked helpless. This gave the Bluebirds much needed momentum as they carved out a series of half chances. Although the Magpies looked comfortable to see the game out and make progress in Lancashire’s famous cup. In truth, Barrow never really looked capable of taking the match into a penalty shoot-out as Chorley became the highest ranked team left in the competition.
Chorley XI:Aaron Grundy, Dale Whitham, Adam Mather, Mark Ross, Tom Smyth, Adam Roscoe,Chris Almond, Jack Lynch, Chris Simm, Darren Stephenson, Astley Mulholland
Subs: JakeCottrell (Mulholland, 80), Laquan Esdaille-Biney, Harry Winter, Josh Hine (Almond, 84), Paul Jarvis.
Goals: JACKLYNCH (12), DALE WHITHAM (16), Anthony Wilson (40)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Chris Simm - Always looked and threat up front, and providedthe perfect pass to Jack Lynch for the first goal. Would be the idealreplacement for the suspended James Dean for the next few games.