Chorley lost on the road in the league for only the third time this season; ironically each time being a match under the floodlights. This time the Magpies came unstuck at the hands of Boston United, losing 3-1 in a game which was rearranged after last month’s encounter was frozen off writes Paul Metcalfe.
Matt Jansen made one change from the starting eleven which heroically drew at FC United of Manchester at the weekend with Kieran Charnock replacing Stephen Jordan in defence.
The game was a lively affair with Boston looking more direct than they have done in recent seasons; no doubt the appointment of new manager Adam Murray has injected a different style of play. Captain Andy Teague was called into action in as early as the second minute with a great block on the edge of the Chorley area. Beesley was equally effective on the left, preventing Simmons from getting close to Brannagan.
Chorley came close a couple of minutes later with a long throw into the box, forcing Durrant into a fine fingertip save.
Boston looking fast on the break took advantage of a Sampson corner which came to nothing. The surging run up the pitch forced Teague to kick the ball out for a throw in – Leather, looking strong in the middle headed the incoming ball away to safety.
At the Town end of the pitch, Blakeman tried a looping shot from just outside the area, but Durrant gathered this with ease,
The first real danger from the home side came after quarter of an hour when the pacey-looking Rollins sneaked past Teague and sent a powerful shot across the face of goal but Brannagan was equal to it. Rollins was in the thick of it a few minutes later – Beesley managed to prevent him getting any sort of powerful shot in as he danced around the winger, but the Pilgrim let fly a tame kick which a diving Brannagan managed to save,
Sampson was upended as he rushed towards the Boston area. The resulting free kick was sent into the Boston box but came to nothing. Two minutes later the deadlock was broken as Jake Cottrell right footed a lovely shot but Durrant couldn’t get his finger tips to it.
The remainder of the first half was end to end stuff with the home side appeared to have woken up having gone a goal down.
Carver sent a ball goalwards but it was not powerful to trouble Durrant. Boston had a free kick outside the Chorley area which Chorley defended well with the ball going out for a free kick. Boston’s next chance came with their first corner of the game, but Sampson headed the ball away from danger. At the other end, Blakeman had half a chance but Durrant gathered up the shot before Hawley managed to get a shot on the Chorley goal, but Brannagan managed to scoop it up with ease.
The second half started out with Chorley looking the brighter. Beesley made a surging run up the left wing, sending the ball inwards, but failed to connect with another Chorley player. Carver then sent a diagonal ball in but this sailed past the right hand upright and out of danger.
Boston scored the equaliser with the second half nine minutes old as Charnock upended a Boston player in the Chorley box and the referee had no hesitation pointing to the spot. Up stepped Chapman whose spot kick sent Brannagan the wrong way.
The goal gave the home side a resurgence and they took the lead less than ten minutes later as a goalmouth scramble allowed Yeomans – on his debut for the Pilgrims – to find the back of the net.
The Chorley bench decided to ring the changes to a more attacking formation as Leather made way for McDaid. Despite this allowing Chorley to pile on the pressure, a third goal was conceded for the second game in a row as Hawley crossed a ball to man of the match Hilliard, who sent a shot into the Chorley net.
A minute later, McDaid was tumbled in the Boston penalty area, but the referee failed to point to the spot.
Whitham was substituted for O’Keefe with fifteen minutes to go and Louis Myers made his senior debut for the Magpies as Sampson returned to the bench,
A final throw of the dice cane in the first minute of time added on, but Blakeman’s inswinging shot was punched clear by the Boston keeper.
FT Boston United 3-1 Chorley FC
Starting XI: Ritchie Branagan, Matt Challoner, Will Beesley, Andy Teague, Scott Leather, Kieran Charnock, Adam Blakeman, Dale Whitham, Marcus Carver, Jack Sampson, Jake Cottrell
Subs: Robbie McDaid (Leather, 64), Josh O'Keefe (Whitham, 76), Waqas Azam, Adam Roscoe, Louis Myers (Sampson, 81)
Goals: JAKE COTTRELL (23), Adam Chapman (55, pen), Jan Yeomans (62), Lewis Hilliard (74)