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Euxton Villa 1-3 Chorley (04/07/2017)

EUXTON VILLA
Tuesday July 4th
Pre-season Friendly

The Magpies started the 2017-18 season with victory over Euxton Villa during their first pre-season friendly of the campaign writes Josh Vosper. It was a low-key outing at The Jim Fowler Memorial Ground but there were plenty positives to take home, after the manager handed unofficial debuts to his summer signings Josh Wilson and Terry Gornell.

Many trialists were on show and although the action was not as high-voltage as fans have grown accustomed to, Chorley showed flashes of quality throughout the first half. Terry Gornell was notably pulling the strings and the ex-Accrington Stanley striker almost set up Cottrell to score the opening goal when he met his incisive pass to shoot wide of the left post. Although after just 10 minutes the home side took a shock lead. After some neat play down the right hand side, the ball landed to Galliers who expertly lobbed past the onrushing keeper.

Villa’s lead didn’t last long and soon after Chorley equalised through Jason Walker. More build up play from Gornell fed the ball to the striker who poked home at the near post to the delight of the travelling contingent. Soon after it could have been two after Beesley made a quick run into the box but saw his effort from an acute angle hit the upright of the post. After the interval the Magpies pressed and deservedly took the lead on 49 minutes. New signing Josh Wilson curled in a lovely finish, capitalising on a loose ball after Jarvis had scuffed his own shot from a corner.

With half an hour remaining the away side made it three. A quick pass from one of the many tralists found space and time to slide home past the Euxton goalkeeper. As time ticked away Chorley created more chances but the shot stopper pulled off some creditable saves to keep the team in green at bay. For Chorley, this was a professional and encouraging performance that kick started the 2017-18 season with pleasing 3-1 victory.

First half A Trialist, A Trialist, Charnock, Jordan, Challoner, A Trialist, Beesley, O’Keefe, Cottrell, Gornell, Walker.

Second half: A Tralist, A Trialist, Leather, Blakeman, A Trialist, Roscoe, A Trialist, A Trialist, Jarvis, A Trialist, Wilson.

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