A poor performance from Chorley gifted Curzon Ashton a 3-0 away win at The Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium on Saturday.
In truth, the Magpies looked lethargic after the 1-1 draw away at Salford on Tuesday night, with Matt Jansen picking the same starting XI.
Chorley did apply some early pressure however, with the ball looped forward to Jason Walker straight from kick-off, only for his shot to hit the side netting.
It didn’t take long for the visitors to take the lead however, with Curzon’s first coming as early as nine minutes. A corner was looped in by Ryan Hall, with Curzon defender Jamie Stott, heading onto the under side of the bar. The away side screamed for a goal, with the referee adjudging it to have crossed the line.
The away side doubled their lead just six minutes later. Poor defending from the Magpies ensured Ryan Hall was allowed a clean shot at goal. The onrushing Ritchie Branagan saved the shot brilliantly to his right, but the ball fell kindly to Nial Cummins, who’s rebounded effort could not be blocked by the two defenders on the line, such was the ferocity of the shot.
And Curzon were 3-0 up after 35 minutes. The ball was looped forward to the Curzon Ashton attackers with Scott Leather jumping high to head the ball back to Branagan. It didn’t have enough on it however, with Curzon’s Chris Rowney getting there before the goalkeeper, and smashing into the bottom left hand corner.
Half time came and Chorley found themselves 0-3 down with a mountain to climb and already made two of their substitutions in the first 45 minutes, due to injury with Marcus Carver and Robbie McDaid brought on.
Jansen made the his third and final change at half-time, bringing on Josh O’Keefe.
Chances were few and far between in the second half, with the only real chance coming to the impressive Marcus Carver. The ball was punted forward to the substitute who collected it well on the left hand side. His shot just on the edge of the penalty area whistled past the onrushing goalkeeper, only for a Curzon defender to reach the ball just before it crossed the line and clear away.
A disappointing performance from the Magpies, with the damage done in the first half. Next up for Chorley is another home tie on Saturday 1st April, when we welcome Gainsborough Trinity.
Team: Branagan, Challoner, Jarvis, Teague, Leather, Jordan, Blakeman, Whitham, Walker, Sampson, Cottrell
Subs: Carver, McDaid, O’Keefe
Not used: Charnock, Roscoe
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Dale Whitham