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U16s MATCH REPORT | Burscough FC v Chorley FC 30 January 2018

Chorley U16’s were back in action last night, this time in a re-arranged friendly against Burscough FC. The two sides met back in November in an entertaining 3-3 draw so expectations of a good match were high. 

Chorley welcomed back Captain Luke Livesey to the starting line up that saw a number of changes to the side that beat Stoke RTC at the weekend. Burscough started the match on the front and dominated the ball for the opening exchanges going close with a couple of speculative shots. Chorley seemed to be struggling to get into the game and whenever the ball went into midfield it seemed to be very quickly back in Burscough’s possession.

The back line of Chorley were holding firm however, but in the 17th minute Burscough broke the deadlock, and in some style. The Linnets #9 received the ball at his feet 12 yards our with his back towards goal and in one movement flicked the ball over his head and he spun and slotted the ball into the bottom corner away from the grasp of Liam Doyle in goal for Chorley. 

For the next 15 minutes it was all hands on Deck for Chorley as Burscough continued to press forward. Chorley’s back 4 however, as they have been for most of the season, were rock solid and protected Doyle’s goal. Chorley did manage to get their 1st real shot of the match off after 25 minutes when the ball dropped to Reece Prescott 20 yards out, but it went just wide. The last 5 minutes of the half were more even as Luke Creegan started getting more of the ball from Chorley’s midfield and was able to put Burscough’s back line under a bit of pressure.

The half ended 1-0 to Burscough, and they were good value for their lead. The half time break saw both managers decide to make a number of changes.
The 2nd half kicked off and you could see straight away Chorley had come out more determined to get at Burscough. They were into tackles quicker and the passing was evidently sharper. Our first effort on goal of the second half came from centre half Ben Larnach who picked the ball up on half way and after going passed two Burscough midfielders hit a shot from fully 30 yards that sailed high and wide.

This was much better from the young Magpies though as it set the tone for the rest of the half. Reece Tunstall had a 20 yard effort just narrowly go wide not long after. Chorley were now clearly on top and looking dangerous going forward.

The match was stopped for 10 mins on 17 minutes into the half after a clash between the Burscough keeper, one of their defenders and one of our lads which left the Burscough defender in agony on the floor. Fearing the worst, the referee decided to halt the match until the stricken defender could be carried off with what looked like a serious ankle injury.

The pause in play didn’t stop Chorley’s forward momentum and after a couple more half chances Chorley hit Burscough with a double strike inside 2 minutes. With 15 to go Taylor Brickell picked up the ball, on the left, 35 yards out and after skipping passed 2 defenders calmly picked out the far corner to level the match up. 90 seconds later Dom Berry did the same from the right-hand side. Picking the ball up and moving passed a defender he calmly slotted the ball passed the keeper and into the net.

This seemed to sting Burscough back into action and with 9 minutes left they could have equalised. Another long range effort from their #16 narrowly missing the Chorley goal.
Chorley’s back line held firm and with 5 minutes to go Reece Tunstall picked up the goal his 2nd half work rate deserved. Again, it was from long range but this time his 25 yard effort flew passed the keeper and into the top corner.

The match ended 3-1 to the young Magpies making it a 5 match unbeaten run. A good result in the end after struggling in the 1st half.

Management comments:

“Another impressive game against a tough side, Burscough have a good reputation at youth level and provide strong opposition, our main emphasis today was to work our defensive capabilities in our shape from the first half and have a free flowing attack in the second.”

“ The lads are becoming very knowledgeable players and using every part of our training sessions in match day. Hopefully we can carry on our 5 game unbeaten run in the league”

Action can be caught on Phil Dewhurst YouTube channel “Chorley U16s”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oANVaY5JrNM

U16 FRIENDLY | Chorley FC U16 vs Stoke RTC U16

Chorley FC U16s hosted Stoke Regional Training centre U16s today for a friendly in the JPL. The game started off with Chorley Playing a 4-2-3-1 whilst Stoke played a similar formation. With the clash in formation the play was difficult to start flowing with two very physical teams. In the first 20 minutes there was 8 free kicks given against Chorley meaning they were constantly put on the back foot. 

Fighting against the wind and constant pressure of Stoke Chorley conceded a goal in the first half of the game. Stoke put pressure on the Chorley FC back line which lead a defending error where a CB headed the ball over the goalkeeper and resulted in a goal.
Chorley started to get into the rhythm into the second half, moving into a 4-4-2 formation with a more attacking side present. Chorley’s number 11 Taylor Brickell finished a free kick 25 yards out that rattled the crossbar in. 
Stoke continued to pressure Chorley forcing fantastic series of saves by Liam Doyle in the sticks. One ball managed to break free with Myles Durkin, Chorley’s firm left back clearing it off the line. Chorley bounced back with a series of attacks, all saved by Stokes goalkeeper Matt. 
In the last 20 minutes Taylor Brickell scored another goal for Chorley however was deemed offside by the linesmen, the 5th offside goal in last 6 games. With only 30 seconds to go Chorley FC’s CDM Kian Dewhurst bested 3 men on the dribble into the opposing area before being taken down by a Stoke RTC player. A penalty was awarded and converted by Taylor Brickell.
Manager Declan Williams comments from today’s game 
“ I think we had a great game today vs Stoke, both teams represented their teams well. Every moment I see the lads play to their potential it fills me with pride as we have only been a team for a very short amount of time.”
“At this level it’s all about development and placing players in environments where they have opportunities to succeed within Chorley FC and potentially play for the club in the future. If they keep playing with the heart and desire that they do I have every confidence they will get the chance to do so.”
Chorley FC U16’s next fixture is a friendly on Tuesday night 30/01/2018 at JMO vs Burscough. kick off for this game is 8PM. 



Today Chorley’s U16s welcomed Dudley Town to a wintery Bishop Rawthornes in the quarter final of the JPL Shield., writes Paul Larnach. With the conditions playing a factor, the match was dramatic from start to finish. Chorley were in front before there was even a minute on the board when a through ball from midfield by Myles Durkin wasn’t dealt with by the Dudley Keeper and Luke Creegan was on hand to tap into an empty net.

Dudley Town were level only a couple of minutes later when a misplaced pass from Chorley was picked up by a blue shirt and before the defenders could react the shot was hit from 20 yards into the bottom right hand corner beyond the diving hand of Liam Doyle.

The rest of the half was a midfield battle with the Dudley keeper certainly the busier of the 2 keepers pulling off a couple of wonderful saves to stop Chorley from retaking the lead. The first half ended all square at 1-1 and this was to be the case deep into the 2nd half.
The Dudley Keeper again kept his side in the match as Chorley struggled to find a way to retake the lead. However, with 20 minutes left on the clock Chorley should have been ahead. A cross from the right wasn’t dealt with by the Dudley defence and the mix up seemed to knock Dom Berry off his stride. Any solid contact it would have been 2 but not for the first time the keeper managed to get a hand to it and claw it away. 

The Chorley front line claimed it was over the line but without never VAR we’ll know!
With Chorley now very much on the front foot one thing was bound to happen, Dudley score! With the ball bouncing around the Chorley half, not under control, it landed nicely in front of one of the Dudley forwards and from 25 yards he hit a half volley that dipped over Doyle and into the net!

Chorley went back onto the front foot switching to a 3-4-3 formation and within minutes the ball was in the back of the net. However, after consulting with the linesman the referee disallowed the goal after initially giving it. Rather than letting this get to them Chorley used it as inspiration and kept on getting at the Dudley back 4. This resulted in a few tasty tackles going in and ended up with the Dudley right back being cautioned for hacking down Taylor Brickell. 

With only 6 minutes left Reece Tunstall got the Magpies back on level terms. A Max Foley corner was missed by the first defender and there was Tunstall in the right place to fire the ball passed the goalkeeper. Could Chorley get a winner in the last few minutes? Unfortunately, the answer was no.
With the match ending 2-2 this meant the tie was to be decided on penalties. The first 2 from both sides were scored but then Dudley missed their next 2 with Chorley not missing their 3rd. This meant Reece Prescott had the chance to put Chorley into the draw for the semi finals and sure enough he sent the keeper the wrong way and that was that and a 4-2 win. 

A thoroughly entertaining match ending in the most dramatic fashion. It’s never a nice way to lose a match but Chorley deserved to progress to the last four. 

Next up for Dudley is an away league match at Forest Green while Chorley face Morecombe Academy in a friendly.


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