Chorley travelled to Adie Moran Park in the first round of the Lancashire Trophy and faced Prestwich Heys AFC, a team in fine goal scoring form this season. Despite scoring many goals this season Prestwich will have to be on top of their game if they want to score goals past the solid Chorley defence which seems to grow in strength and confidence as the season progresses.
Prestwich Heys AFC first ever game under flood lights will be a result they won’t want to remember for too long. First half goals from Sefton Gonzales and Marcus Carver saw Chorley go into the half time break with a comfortable 2-0 lead despite having many more chances. Chorley dominated majority of the game but for the last 20 minutes of the second half Prestwich created some chances of their own testing Chorley’s defence and second choice keeper Caunce. With Prestwich trying to break down the defence it left gaps for Chorley’s attack who took their chances in the last 5 minutes of the game with goals from Jack Lynch, Andy Teague and Marcus Carver.
The home side got the game underway but struggled to keep possession and create chances in the early stages of the game, the first clear chance for Chorley came from the first corner kick off the game, Lynch whipped the ball in which fell for Sefton who hit the ball on target straight at the keeper. A darting run from Lynch saw him skip past two defenders and fire a shot at goal but the home team’s defender made a vital block.
Chorley dominate the first 20 minutes of the half with Jarvis, Carver, Sefton and O’Keefe all creating great chances but failing to put the ball in the back of the net. This all changed in the 24th minute when Lynch floated a corner to find Leather on the back post, Leather headed the ball back across goal and Gonzales taps in from 3 yards out to give the away team the lead.
Only 5 minutes later Chorley win a free kick which is taken by Azam, he floats the ball into the box which is flicked on and then controlled by Carver who places it into the back of the net in the 30th minute. Chorley dominated the half and continued to do so for the last 15 minutes with chances falling for Roscoe, Lynch and Azam. The best chance of the half for the team came on the stroke of half time as the ball was crossed in and hit over the bar. Chorley went into the changing rooms 2-0 but on another day they could have gone in 4 or 5 up.
Chorley got the second half kicked off and dominated possession for the first 15 minutes but neither team created any clear cut chances. Then in the 60th minute Gonzales takes on the defender and goes one on one with the keeper, another chance went for Chorley as the home keeper pulled out a great save. Substitution for Chorley as Wood replaces Leather.
The best chance of the half so far fell for the home team as Powell runs one on one with the Chorley keeper but skewed his shot just wide for it to roll out for a goal keeper. In the 76th minute Blakeman was replaced by Hartley, another young player getting a chance to show his worth.
80 minutes gone and no team could find the net in the second half despite chances falling for both teams. This was until the 85th minute when the ball fell to Jack Lynch just outside the box, he picked his head up and placed his shot into the bottom corner beating the keeper who dived the right way. In the 88th minute Chorley got their fourth goal through Andy Teague, the ball came in from the corner and O’Keefe bullet headed it on goal for the Prestwich defender to clear off the line. The clearance fell to Teague who volleyed into the roof of the night giving the keeper no chance to stop the goal.
Just a minute later Carver picks up the ball on the edge of the box and places it around the keeper, the ball beats the keeper and clips off the post into the net to make it 5-0. Not long after the goal the final whistle was blown and Chorley who yet again kept another clean sheet scored some great goals and played some quality football.
Chorley will be hoping to carry on last year’s success in the cup and go all the way. In the next round of the Lancashire Trophy Chorley will be travelling to Squires Gate FC.
Starting XI: Adam Caunce, Waqas Azam, Paul Jarvis, Andy Teague, Scott Leather, Adam Blakeman, Adam Roscoe, Josh O’Keefe, Marcus Carver, Sefton Gonzales, Jack Lynch
Subs: Dale Whitham, Jake Cottrell, Matt Challoner, Jack Hartley, Liam Wood