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REPORT | Chorley 2 Nuneaton Town 2

The Magpies came from two down to draw 2-2 with Nuneaton Town on Saturday afternoon in a pulsating match at The Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium.

Peterborough loanee Jordan Nicholson and top scorer Ashley Chambers did the damage for the visitors, before Josh Wilson reduced arrears and Matty Hughes stunned the away side with a late leveller.

Chorley made two changes from their FA Cup defeat to Fleetwood on Monday, with loanees Nick Haughton and Matt Urwin returning in place of Jason Walker and Oliver Byrne. Nuneaton were unchanged from last Saturday's 1-0 home loss to Spennymoor.

Despite Matt Challoner almost bundling home with less than a minute on the clock Nuneaton were much the more threatening early on. Nicholson's deft pass saw Daniel Nti through, only for Scott Leather to produce a wonderful block, but there was no denying the visitors a minute later. Chambers had an effort dealt with, only for the loose ball to fall to the lively Nicholson who rifled home his sixth of the campaign.

An increase in tempo was needed, and with the early introduction of Jason Walker for Stephan Jordan, the Magpies got just that. A back four and a diamond midfield plugged the gaps being exploited by the visitors and allowed the home side to dominate pressure, with the best chance before half time coming from a driven Marcus Carver cross, which Jake Cottrell deflect wide of the upright.

Chorley's improvement lasted all of 90 seconds into the second half as a loose ball in midfield found Chambers clean through. Despite a suspicion of offside the assistant's flag stayed down and Nuneaton's number nine beat Urwin to bag his 13th of the season.

After 15 minutes of huffing and puffing Chorley finally found a way past Dean Lyness to reduce the deficit. Adam Blakeman's deep corner was headed firmly home by Josh Wilson, despite the defender's best efforts on the line.

The midfielder should have had the home side level soon after, but Chorley's number eight headed Challoner's pinpoint cross back across goal from close range.

The pressure continued to build on Nuneaton's goal, with Challoner and sub Matty Hughes combining well down the right. And it was Hughes who levelled the game with seven minutes remaining, finishing low and hard past the advancing Lyness for his first Chorley goal.

The final five minutes produced chances at both ends. First Chambers forced two superb saves from Urwin, and then Hughes cut in from the right and curled a left-footed effort agonisingly wide. 

There was time for one more effort, withWalker's injury time shot hitting the bar, leaving Chorley to settle for a point.

Chorley (5-2-1-2) Urwin; Challoner, Leather, Teague (c), Jordan (Walker, 33), Blakeman; Cottrell (Hughes, 53), O'Keefe; Haughton; Carver (Jarvis, 68), Wilson. Subs not used: Anson, Black.

Nuneaton Town (4-2-3-1) Lyness; Trotman, Wildin, Heaton, Dielna; Elliott, Beswick (c); Lobjoit (Ashton, 64), Nicholson, Nti; Chambers. Subs not used: Daniels, Lomax, Mills, Gascoigne.

HT 0-1 / FT 2-2

Goals: JOSH WILSON (61), MATTY HUGHES (83); Nicholson (6), Chambers (47)

Bookings: Lobjoit (foul, 44), Trotman (foul, 81), Lyness (time wasting, 90+4)

Magpie Ultras & Rhodar Ltd MOTM: Andy Teague

Supporters' (Twitter poll) MOTM: Andy Teague

Attendance: 1,306

Referee: Thomas Parsons

Assistants: Ian Walsh & Alexander Gray

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