A fantastic second half performance ensured Chorley collected all three points against relegation threatened Gainsborough Trinity on Saturday.
After a disappointing collapse against Curzon Ashton last weekend, the Magpies responded brilliantly with Jason Walker collecting a hat-trick and Marcus Carver scoring the other.
A feisty first half saw several yellow cards handed out after a brawl following a collision in the middle of the park. The linesman also had to head onto the pitch to assist in calming matters.
After some chances at either end, Chorley broke the deadlock on 38 minutes.
The impressive Dale Whitham worked his way to the byline on the right hand side, skipped last a defender and fired in a pacer cross. Jason Walker reached the ball, stabbing it over the line, with a Trinity defender clearing the lines too late.
In truth, an even first half came to a close with Chorley just narrowing proceedings. Matt Jansen’s men came out for the second half, however, with added impetus and scored their second just five minutes after the restart.
A great free kick from the centre circle found Dale Whitham on the right hand side. His first time ball found the free Jason Walker who had acres of space around him and slotted home for his and Chorley’s second of the afternoon.
It was clean sailing for the Magpies after this, with Gainsborough’s poor defending a really helping hand to the home side.
Marcus Carver made it 3-0 with twenty minutes remainiing when a ball was looped over everyone to Jason Walker. He played a smart pass to Carver, who out muscled the defender to the floor and Carver was one-on-one with the Trinity goalkeeper. A cool, calm finish into the bottom left hand corner increased Chorley’s lead even further.
And the rout was completed six minutes later thanks to a foul in the area by Gainsborough’s captain Matthew Wilson, who received his marching orders having already been booked. Walker stepped up for the penalty and completed his hat-trick firing low into the left hand corner.
An impressive performance, particularly after last week’s result and Chorley are now back in the play-off spots, in fifth, and travel to Nuneaton Town on Saturday.
Team: Branagan, Challoner, Jarvis, Teague, Leather, Jordan, Blakeman, Whitham, Carver, Walker, Cottrell
Subs: Charnock, O’Keefe, Myers
Not used: Beesley, Roscoe
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