At the third attempt, Chorley finally progressed to the first round proper of the FA Trophy with Kieran Charnock’s 44th minute striker the difference between the two sides
Ona night of few chances and constant drizzle, neither Chorley or Stafford Rangers could find a spark to truly light-up a damp Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium.
After nearly three weeks of inactivity due mainly to his tie being twice postponed, Chorley looked rusty in the first half. Shaun Rowley and his defence were rarely troubled and the same can mostly be said at the other end Adam Whitehouse and the defenders in front of him, but a foul 22 yards our just before the break proved costly.
Adam Roscoe’s driven free-kick was only parried by Whitehouse and Charnock was the first to respond, flicking the ball over the keeper to break the deadlock.
After the break, Chorley looked have shaken off the rustiness and started the half the stronger, but the slippery conditions and bumpy playing surface proved a difficult a combination to master.
Super-sub Alex Samizadeh had the chance of the half right at the end of the match, outpacing the Rangers defence but shooting inches wide from 18 yards.
As always seems to happen Ranger had one chance right at the death with a goalmouth scramble inside Rowley’s 6-yard box seconds from the end, but the danger was cleared and a flag was waived to signal that the visitors FA Trophy run was over.
Starting XI: Shaun Rowley, Matt Challoner, Adam Blakeman, Kieran Charnock, Scott Leather, Stephen Jordan, Adam Roscoe, Dale Whitham, Marcus Carver, Jason Walker, Jake Cottrell
Subs: Waqas Azam, Will Beesley, Paul Jarvis, Josh O’Keefe, Alex Samizadeh (Walker, 80)
Goal: KIERAN CHARNOCK (44)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Matt Challoner