HomeSTATSMatch ReportsSeason 2017/18FA CUP | Ashton Athletic 0 Chorley 1

FA CUP | Ashton Athletic 0 Chorley 1

Chorley dug deep to ensure their safe passage into the final qualifying round of this season’s FA Cup with a 1-0 win at North West Counties League Premier Division side, Ashton Athletic.

Nick Haughton’s scorching effort just seven minutes from time was the only difference between the two sides, with Ashton making it difficult for the Magpies, who sit three divisions higher in the football pyramid.

Haughton was the thorn in Ashton’s defence all afternoon, demonstrating real quality which the home side struggled to cope with. 

With just two minutes on the clock, the on-loan Fleetwood attacking midfielder picked the ball up in the middle of the park, backed into a defender, turned and ran clear of his man. He ran at three Ashton defenders before he was penned into a corner and the ball eventually went out for a goal kick. 

Ashton created the best chances of the first half however, which Chorley had to defend well to stay in the game.

Twelve minutes in and the home side could have taken the lead. Joel Brownhill did well down the right hand side to cross the ball, with the impressive Dale Korie-Butcher just not able to get a touch on and bundle it into the net. 

Ten minutes later, the two Ashton attackers linked up well again. This time Korie-Butcher’s ball into the box found Brownhill, who’s first time shot was parried out for a corner by Matt Urwin. 

Ten minutes before half-time, Ashton’s left back Ben Johnstone took aim following a cleared corner, but his pile-driver just whistled wide of Urwin’s goal.

Chorley responded well in the second half, with Marcus Carver demonstrating great pace and strength which the Ashton defence struggled to cope with. 

A hopeful ball forward from Adam Blakeman was found by Carver, who out muscled his defender to the ground and was clean through on goal, only for the referee to blow for a free kick. 

Nick Haughton continued to plug away at the home side’s defence all afternoon, and his cross field ball on 70 minutes nearly found Josh O’Keefe who just couldn’t get the faintest of touches to bundle the ball in.

However, the deadlock was finally broken on the 83 minute. Josh O’Keefe made it to the left hand side byline, found Haughton lurking outside the area with a great ball, who released a shot first time high into the top corner.

The Magpies had to withstand some late pressure from their opposition, who tried their best to find a late equaliser, but it was in vain as Chorley progress into the final qualifying round of the FA Cup and just one round away from the first round proper.

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