HomeSTATSMatch ReportsSeason 2015/16Harrogate Town 2-4 Chorley (28/12/2015)

Harrogate Town 2-4 Chorley (28/12/2015)

Monday December 28th, 3pm

Matt Jansen's side claimed their first victory since Stockport, on the 7th November with a 4-2 victory away at Harrogate Town writes Elliott Walsh. Darren Stephenson's double, an Andy Teague header and a comical own goal from Harrogate captain Danny Ellis enough for the visitors to leave with the three points. 

Harrogate had their Chairman and Manager, Father and son combination helping to get the game on this morning due to the recent poor conditions but they will be wishing they hadn't. 

It all started promisingly for the Magpies when Andy Teague won the toss, electing to play down the hill in the first half to try and get a lead going into the break. 

Harrogate were the side creating most of the chances early on, they certainly didn't look like a side playing up hill, nor the same eleven who had played a game 48 hours ago. Four corner in quick succession for the home side but they failed to cause any problem to Sam Ashton in goal. 

Jerry Yates could have put the hosts in front. He latched onto a misjudged header from Mark Ross, but the striker couldn't beat the on rushing Ashton who got down well. Yates again had a good opportunity. Some nifty footwork let down by a heavy touch in the area on this occasion. 

The first goal came against the run of play. Andy Bond, still playing at right back, found Darren Stephenson with a diagonal ball. The winger teased his man before cutting inside and firing in at the far post to give Chorley the lead with their first chance of the game. 

It was two moments later and Stephenson added his second of the game when he again got onto the end of a pass from Bond, this time from a set piece. He turned and beat the Harrogate keeper at his near post for a second goal in as many minutes. 

James Dean, returning to the ground where he spent a year as a player, nearly made it a third when he got his head on the end of a cross from Dale Whitham. Crook was very fortunate to watch the ball pass just wide of the goal. 

Chorley were now the side creating all the chances and eventually did find a third through captain Andy Teague. Bond floated a corner deep into the area which Teague headed back across and into the back of the net right on the stroke of half time. 

Sam Ashton pulled off a stunning save with the half in its dying embers to deny Yates who saw his shot deflect off strike partner Dominic Knowles. Ashton was equal to it and even managed to hold onto the ball. 

It wasn't going to be easy defending a three goal cushion. With the pitch and recent form against them Chorley had to dig in deep. They let Harrogate get back into the game with some calamitous defending which allowed Yates to narrow the deficit. 

It was nervy for Chorley who saw Harrogate match their first half effort of two goals in as many minutes. Yates played a perfect through ball to Knowles who poked the ball underneath Ashton to bring the margin to within one with over half an hour left to play. 

It was going to be nervous for Chorley, but the game was killed off in comical circumstances. Ashton's clearance was long and into the Harrogate half, and a breakdown in communication between Ellis and Crook saw the Harrogate captain head over a stricken keeper from over 25 yards out and give Chorley some breathing space. 

Substitute Jordan Thewlis had a chance to bring Harrogate back into the game for a second time but he could only fire wide when through on goal. 

Chorley did a very professional job of running the clock down and keeping it right, restrict Harrogate to long shots from the boot of Brendan Daniels which proved little trouble for Sam Ashton.

Starting XI: Sam Ashton, Mark Ross, Paul Jarvis, Andy Teague, Adam Roscoe, Jake Cottrell, Josh Hine, Dale Whitham, James Dean, Andy Bond, Darren Stephenson

Subs: Jordan Connerton (Dean, 69), Liam Goulding, Keiran Charnock, Lewis Guy, Jack Lynch (Hine, 74)

Att: 642

Goals: DARREN STEPHENSON (27, 29), ANDY TEAGUE (42), Jerry Yates (55), Dominic Knowles (57), OWN GOAL (Danny Ellis, 65)

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