The Magpies maintained their perfect start to the season with a dominate display against second-placed Hereford, a game the home side thoroughly deserved win.
Josh Wilson’s close-range finish with time expiring was enough to keep Chorley top of the league with five wins from five games.
Stephen Jordan replaced Courtney Meppen-Walter in the only change from The Magpies’ 4-0 victory over Southport on Tuesday.
Veteran Ryan Green replaced Harvey Smith in the visitors’ only swap.
Chorley (5-3-2): Urwin; Challoner, Teague (c), Leather (Meppen-Walter, 67′), Jordan, Blakeman; O’Keefe; A.Newby, E.Newby (Cottrell, 90+6); Carver, Almond (Wilson, 63′). Subs not used: Fletcher, Short.
Hereford (4-1-2-3): Horsell; Thomas, Green, Liburd (c), Greenslade; Murphy; McGrath, Richards (Dinsley, 90+4); L.Smith (Bird, 80′) White, Hall (Reffell, 51′). Subs not used: H.Smith, Mayebi.
09′ CHANCE (Chorley): Louis Almond did great down the left side, and his pass outside was hammered goalward by Alex Newby, only for Martin Horsell to save
23′ CHANCE (Chorley): Andy Teague rose highest to meet Adam Blakeman’s deep centre, but could only head wide
28′ CHANCE (Chorley): Louis Almond did all the work himself; turning the defender, making ground, checking back inside and curling a shot just wide
33′ CHANCE (Chorley): Almond again cut in from left and let fly, only for Horsell to hold on
36′ YELLOW (Chorley): Stephen Jordan goes in the book for a heavy challenge on Lance Smith
39′ CHANCE (Chorley): Jordan almost brought the house down with his run, one-two with Blakeman, and volley, which was off target
41′ CHANCE (Chorley): Josh O’Keefe’s high cross from the right was met by Alex Newby, but the forward’s header went wide from a good position
48′ YELLOW (Hereford): Eliot Richards goes in late on Matt Challoner. The resulting free kick from Blakeman was met by Scott Leather but well held by Horsell
54′ CHANCE (Chorley): Alex Newby played in Blakeman down the left and his low cross found Newby but he could control his shot
60′ YELLOW (Hereford): Ryan Green was carded for another foul on Louis Almond
65′ REF CHANGE: Referee Dean Watson limps off injured
70′ CHANCE (Hereford): Eliot Richards blazed over the bar from a good position after great wing play from sub Keyon Reffell
73′ CHANCE (Chorley): The best chance of the game. Challoner’s raking crossfield ball found Blakeman, who slipped Elliot Newby in, and the midfielder’s low ball was headed at goal by Carver but Horsell was equal again
78′ SCRAMBLE (Hereford): Lance Smith and Harry White are denied by a combination of Matt Urwin, Teague and Jordan when a goal looked certain
83′ CHANCE (Chorley): Josh Wilson’s header from an Alex Newby centre was superbly tipped over the bar by Horsell
90+3 GOAL (Chorley): Elliot Newby found Challoner in the box and the full back’s cross is turned home by sub Wilson
Man of the Match
Match sponsor Gaming Direct selected Matt Challoner
That’s what he said
“We battled hard again and we got our reward in the end. We knew they’d be a tough side, and so it proved, but we never thought we wouldn’t score.” – Andy Teague
HT 0-0 /FT 1-0
Total shots: Chorley 16 Hereford 6
Corners: Chorley 8 Hereford 1
Fouls committed: Chorley 13 Hereford 12
Weather: 21c (Overcast)
Referee: Dean Watson
Assistants: Daniel Guest & Benjamin Tomlinson
The longest league trip of the season to face Blyth Spartans at Croft Park next Saturday (3pm). Admission is £12 adults, £7 over-65s/disabled adults, £5 11-to-16s/students & FREE accompanied under-11s. Supporters’ travel is available for £12.50 adults & £10.50 accompanied under-16s (subject to availability), leaving Brindle Street at 10.30am.
*Reporting by Alex Birch, Chris Park & Oran Willis