An electric performance beneath a sky lit by lightening saw Matt Jansen’s Magpies come from a goal down to record a deserved victory over big spending Salford City, however the evening started in a sombre note with a minute silence with was observed impeccably for Shawe Lane defender Dan Wilkinson who collapsed and died during a game the night before.
When the game kicked off a night of exciting 100% no holds barred action ensued0.
Michael Nottingham lashed over from the edge of the box with the first chance of the evening, then Andy Teague headed a Will Beesley cross goal ward but Jay Lynch saved easily.
The game erupted on 12 minutes when Jason Walker put Marcus Carver clean through on goal. The Chorley striker passed the ball beyond Lynch, but the keeper dragged the striker down and the referee immediately pointed to the spot and brandished a red card to Lynch.
However, that wasn’t the end of the matted as the visitors on mass remonstrated and eventually got the decision reduced to a yellow card with Lynch remaining on the pitch to face the penalty, and of course saved Dale Whitham’s spot kick – the injustice of the new double jeopardy rule on full display.
A red card was brandished during the confusion that followed the penalty award that wasn’t rescinded, and it resulted in Salford City’s fiery joint manager Anthony ‘Jono’ Johnson being sent to the stands.
When football resumed it was high octane full throttle and occasionally with little control as a series of meaty challenges were handed out by both sides, more often than not though it was Marcus Carver on the receiving end.
Just before the half hour mark, the failure to convert the penalty was compounded when Salford tool the lead when Nottingham netted from the edge of the six-yard box, turning a corner beyond Sam Ashton’s reach.
The goal buoyed the visitors and they pressed for a second while their hosts regrouped, yet neither keeper was testing until seven minutes before the interval as Chorley regained their footing and Whitham forced Lynch into a save.
Now, whatever was said at half time by Jansen and his coaching team but it certainly did the trick as The Magpies completely dominated the opeing stages of the second period and blew Salford away with two goas in a three-minute spell.
On 47 minutes a Matt Challonor throw form the right fell nicely to Walker who swivelled and slammed the ball into the roof of the net, giving Lynch no chances.
The on 50 minutes Walker turned provider. Beesley brought the ball forwad and played it into Walker’s feet, a smart back heel straight into Whitham strike and the midfield finished with a curling shot into the far corner that would have been played over and over on Match of the Day.
Salford recovered quickly and Simon Grand saw a close range effort but Adam Blakeman was on hand to clear off the line.
Walker was unlucky not to add a third from a Blakeman cross on the hour mark the substitute Sefton Gonzales on form the tireless Carver should have done better with a Walker cross, his miss time header going well over.
Walker was then flagged for offside after picking up a loose back pass as Salford tried to play the ball across their own backline – yes, explain that decision if you can!
As the games end drew closer and closer the Magpies frustrated Salford more and more, with several visitors getting their names into the referee’s book.
Starting XI: Sam Ashton, Matt Challonor, Will Beesley, Andy Teague, Scott Leather, Kieran Charnock, Adam Blakeman, Dale Whitham, Marcus Carver, Jason Walker, Jake Cottrell
Subs: Sefton Gonzales (Carver, 64), Paul Jarvis, Josh O’Keefe (Cottrell, 90), Waqaz Azam, Adam Roscoe (Walker, 84)
Goals: Michael Nottingham (27), JASON WALKER (47), DALE WHTIHAM (50)
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