“Manager For The Day Winner” Julien Robb saw his side throw away a lead to lose this pre-season encounter against Airbus UK Broughton by the odd goal in three.
However, we’re sure that despite leaving his role with a 0%-win rate, Julien enjoyed the experience but will be looking forward to going back to selling programmes on August 6th!
In truth, results don’t matter in pre-season, and today the Magpies again put in an assured performance, only losing their shape in the latter stages of the second period when a number of substitutions were made.
In front of another encouraging friendly attendance of 419, the home side started with arguably the strongest eleven on the pitch and should have taken the lead on 13 minutes with our fourth penalty in four pre-season games. Sefton Gonzales was fouled in the box and dusted himself down to take the spot kick, but keeper Ryan Neild made a smart double save to deny Gonzales’ initial kick and Marcus Carver’s follow up, then in combination with a teammate blocked the second rebound effort from Dale Whitham.
Chorley did take the lead on 29 minutes with and end-to-end footballing move. The ball started in the right back position where Matt Challoner played the ball upfield to Gonzalez. The big forward moved the ball wide onto the left where Will Beesley advanced before crossing deep, the ball fell to Challoner who whipped in another cross and Gonzales was on hand to head beyond Neild to open the scoring.
Airbus’s best effort of the half was a half chance with despite the home side missing the cross the loose ball was snatched wide, then with a minute on the clock Beesley tested Neild with a direct free-kick, the keeper saving smartly.
After the break Carver tested the replacement Airbus keeper Dan Trialist with a cheeky chip from a tight angle, ‘Dan’ was lucky when his attempted palmed clearance rebounded off his own crossbar to safety then soon after Sam Ashton was called into action to top over to 20-yard drive.
On 63 minutes Jon Trialist (possibly the visiting second choice keepers brother!) caught Chorley cold, smashing in from 25 yards with defence and keeper all spectators as the ball sailed into the bottom corner inches from the post to level the game.
Immediately following this goal there was a brief stopped in play to allow the emergency services to stabilise and transport a spectator being taken seriously ill during the second persiod.
Five minutes after the game eventually resumed the visitors took the lead when a Matty McGinn free-kick took a deflection to beat Ashton.
At the final whistle, despite a third successive two-one defeat, there were far more positives to take from the performance with Janny, Vermi, Smudge and indeed Julien, all learning about the reshaped squad from the game.
Starting XI: Sam Ashton, Matt Challoner, Will Beesley, Andy Teague, Scott Leather, Stephen Jordan, Jake Cottrell, Dale Whitham, Marcus Carver, Sefton Gonzales, Josh O’Keefe
Subs: Keiran Charnock, Adam Roscoe, Paul Jarvis, Jason Walker, Jack Lynch, Jordan Connerton, Louis Mayers, Liam Wood & Jack Hartley
Goals: SEFTON GONZALES (29), Jon Trialist (63), Matty McGinn (68)