Chorley’s participation in the season’s FA Trophy ended earlier than hoped, but it certainly wasn’t without trying.
Playing against a side from a higher division, regardless of their league position, is never an easy task but the effort and determination that The Magpies put into today’s performance deserved a better outcome than the score line at 90 minutes.
For long periods Chorley dominated the game, and had opta been in attendance then the match stats would have been heavily tilted in The Magpies favour; but there us only one stat that counts in football and Michael Rankin’s 17th minute header sent the Yorkshire side through and the Lancastrian’s out.
Chorley edged the early exchanges with Marcus Carver seeing a first minute effort from a tight angle cleared off the line then Dale Whitham powered a header at goal from an Adam Blakeman corner but Jonathan Maxted saved saved well then Blakeman shot wide from a corner routine.
Guiseley then had a spell of pressure forcing a couple of corners, but the pressure was withstood.
Then on 17 minutes the deadlock was broken when following a free-kick from the half way line Guiseley won a corner, which the towering Rankine headed in from close range, flicking into the top corner despite Shaun Rowley’s best effort.
There were shouts for Magpies penalty as Chorley looked to get back to parity, but referee Joe Hull ignored the claims then Carver superbly turned and shot just inside the area, but the shot drifted wide.
Blakeman forced a smart save from Maxted and Whitham curled an effort with the outside of his boot just wide as the home side piled on the pressure.
After the break Guiseley started the stronger and forced Rowley into a fine finger-tip save, but the match soon switched around with Chorley pressing for an equaliser while the visitors began to run the clock down whenever possible demonstrating a level of gamesmanship that hasn’t been seen at Victory Park for some time.
Jake Cottrell went agonisingly close, shooting from a Carver cross, but his shot took a massive deflection, sent the keeper the wrong way but the pace was taken off and the Maxted recovered to gather on his line.
Scott Leather was the wrong player in the right position, side footing over from a position where you wished a striker was stood!
With five minutes to go, Maxted produced the save of the day to ensure Guiseley went through with a stunning save to deny a stunning effort. A Jason Walker acrobatic overhead kick look destined for the back of the net, but Maxted flew across the goal to tip the ball against the post and clear, a save worthy of winning the game!
As the action drew to a close, defender Stephen Jordan was red carded for an off the ball incident, kicking out at an opponent in frustration following a free-kick going against him.
Starting XI: Shaun Rowley, Matt Challoner, Adam Blakeman, Nathan Sheron, Scott Leather, Stephen Jordan, Adam Roscoe, Dale Whitham, Marcus Carver, Jason Walker, Jake Cottrell
Subs: Josh O’Keefe, Kieran Charnock (), Paul Jarvis, Waqas Azam, Sefton Ginzales ()
Goal: Michael Rankin (17)
Red Card: STEPHEN JORDAN (89)
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