Tuesday December 9th, 7.45pm
Lancashire Challenge Trophy
Chorley ploughed through both Darwen and the mud to secure a semi-final berth in this season’s Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy with a seven-one victory over their North West Counties opponents.
We now join Atherton Collieries, who beat Ramsbottom United a night earlier, as well as tonight’s other winners Clitheroe and Holker Old Boys, who despatched Bamber Bridge and Daisy Hill respectively, in the semi-final draw which takes place on Monday December 15th.
On a night when the rain was relentless and the pitch turned into a gluepot, the boy’s in black and white made short work of their opponents from four divisions and 96 placed down the football pyramid.
However it was the visitors who had the first sighter of the night. On 10 minutes Kallum Banks’ deflected shot beat Aaron Grundy but rebounded back off the crossbar to safety, then three minutes later it was the Magpies turn to rattle the woodwork when Astley Mulholland slammed the ball against the upright.
Both side struggled in the mud for a while then the Magpies took control.
On 22 minutes striker Chris Simm converted a Jack Dorney cross from close range, then three minutes later after Simm have been tugged down in the box Josh Hine converted from the spot to double the lead in quick time.
From here on it was virtually one way traffic, but as the drizzled and breeze turned to rain in a swirling wind no further goals were added before the break, through the Magpies continued to press with Hine fizzing in several cross-shots into the box.
After the restart it was more of the same.
Andy Teague thought he had added the third when he nodded in at the far post but the goal was disallowed for a push, however just after the hour mark four goal in eight minutes ended all speculation of if we’d be going to Leyland or not - not that there any doubt!
The impressive Dorney netted on 62 minutes, turning in an excellent Simm cross, then he added the fourth and his second when he got a tough on Dale Whithams in-swinging corner.
Jack Lynch drove in on 78 minutes then ex-Magpies Luke McKenna netted an OG on 70 minutes.
Two minutes from time Hine added the seventh from close range then Darwen got a late consolation goal when ex-DACA apprentice Connor Gaul netted almost immediately from the restart, beating Grundy who had earlier made two smart saves to deny the visitors.
At the final whistle it was the Magpies who were looking forward to a fourth semi-final in five years under Garry Flitcroft’s stewardship.
Starting XI: Aaron Grundy, Kyle Jacobs, Adam Mather, Andy Teague, Mark Ross, Jake Cottrell, Josh Hine, Adam Roscoe, Chris Simm, Jack Dorney, Astley Mulholland
Subs: James Dean (Simm, 66), Dale Whitham (Roscoe, 64), Chris Doyle, Jack Lynch (Cottrell, 64), Sam Ashton
Goals: CHRIS SIMM (22), JOSH HINE (25 PEN), JACK DORNEY (62, 65), JACK Lynch (68), LUKE McKENNA (70 Own Goal), JOSH HINE (88), Conner Gaul (89)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Jack Dorney