The Magpies began the new Vanarama National League North campaign with an excellent victory against York City. Adam Blakeman’s first half strike was the difference between the two teams in a thoroughly engrossing contest.
07′ CHANCE (York): Jake Wright drove into the box and hammered a right-foot shot off the inside of the post
25′ CHANCE (York): Jordan Burrow tested Cam Belford’s refelxes from the edge of the box
26′ CAUTION (York): Hamza Bencherif stopped Belford kicking the ball quickly following a corner
38′ GOAL (Chorley): Adam Blakeman beats his man in the centre of the field and takes aim from 25 yards, finding the bottom corner past a static Adam Bartlett (1-0)
45’+1 CAUTION (Chorley): Josh O’Keefe goes in the book after an altercation with Jake Wright
48′ CHANCE (York): Wes York brings the best out of Belford from long range
60′ CHANCE (York): Sean Newton tees up a free-kick with his left, beats the wall, but not Belford, who tips it onto the bar
68′ CHANCE (Chorley): Josh Wilson’s goal-bound header is cleared off the line for a corner
73′ CHANCE (Chorley): Alex Newby found space in the right channel, but his shot was blocked
90+2 CAUTION (York): Joe Tait held back Louis Almond
Man of the Match
John Derbyshire & Family/ Gemma’s Maid to Shine – Elliot Newby
That’s what he said
“We’re really pleased with the victory and very happy with the way we played” – Andy Preece
“We know York are one of the giants in this division, so to start off the season in such a way is very pleasing” – Jonathan Smith
Chorley (5-3-2): Belford; Challoner, Teague (c), Leather, Meppen-Walter, Blakeman; O’Keefe; A.Newby, E.Newby (Whitham, 84′); Carver (Short, 90+4′), Wilson (Almond, 75′). Subs not used: Anson, Fletcher.
York (4-4-2): Bartlett; Griffiths, Bencherif, Tait, Newton (c); York (Langstaff, 64′) Heslop, Penn (Moke, 59′) Kempster; Burrow (Parkin, 69′), Wright. Subs not used: Whitley, Ferguson.
HT 4-0/FT 5-0
Total shots: Chorley 13; York 7
Corners: Chorley 3; York 2
Fouls: Chorley 10; York 6
Game time temperature: 21c (Sunny Spells)
Assistants: Edward Duckworth & James Sheppard
A trip to Guiseley on Tuesday evening (7.45pm). Prices for the Nethermoor clash are £13 adults, £9 concessions, £5 under-18s & £1 under-11s, with seats on the supporter’s coach (subject to availability) £12.50 adults & £10.50 accompanied under-16s.
*Reporting by Alex Birch, Liam Kealey & Oran Willis