The Magpies continued their impressive early-season form by booking their place in the next round of the Emirates FA Cup with a comprehensive victory over Leek Town.
Three goals in six first half minutes put the tie beyond the Evo-Stik NPL Division One West visitors, with Marcus Carver, Adam Blakeman & Dale Whitham all on target for the home side.
The Magpies made four changes from their 3-1 victory over Alfreton last Saturday with Adam Anson, Stephen Jordan, Dale Whitham & Jake Cottrell coming into the starting XI. New signing Jordan Lussey made the bench alongside the returning Wes Fletcher.
Goalie Danny Eccles was a late change, as he made his debut for Chorley in place of Matt Urwin.
The Blues made two changes from their FA Cup replay victory over Parkgate, with ‘keeper Danny Roberts & Rob Stevenson returning.
Chorley: Eccles; Challoner, Blakeman (Lussey, 61′), Teague (c), Anson, Jordan, Cottrell, Whitham, Carver (Fletcher, 46′), Wilson, E.Newby (Meppen-Walter, 70′). Subs not used: Leather, Almond, O’Keefe.
Leek Town: Roberts; Green, Short (Bailey, 46′), Grocott, Lycett (c), Chadwick, Walford (Reeves, 46′), Hall (Maguire, 74′), Johnson, McWilliams, Stevenson. Subs not used: Bavanganga, Kearns.
24′ GOAL (Chorley): Marcus Carver finished off a lovely move with a tap in from Elliot Newby’s low cross (1-0)
26′ GOAL (Chorley): Adam Blakeman was on target again from the penalty spot after Carver was felled in the box (2-0)
28′ CHANCE (Leek): Lewis Short struck across Danny Eccles only for his shot to hit the post and rebound into the ‘keeper’s hands
30′ GOAL (Chorley): Dale Whitham headed home from close range after Stephen Jordan clipped a ball over from the byline (3-0)
40’ CHANCE (Leek): Charlie Walford’s shot went just over the bar
55′ CHANCE (Leek): Will Reeves stung the hands of Danny Eccles
62′ YELLOW (Leek): Heavy challenge on Wes Fletcher by Mat Bailey
72′ CHANCE (Chorley): Jordan Lussey went close to a debut goal, but Danny Roberts was equal to his low effort from the edge of the box (3-0)
88′ YELLOW (Leek): Will Reeves was booked for halting the progress of Dale Whitham
Man of the Match
Match sponsors Cruise 118 & BrakeQuip selected Dale Whitham
That’s what he said
“We’re delighted to have got through and in such a good manor. We’d love another home draw in the next round. After that we don’t mind who we play.” – Jamie Vermiglio
HT 3-0 / FT 3-0
Shots: Chorley 13 Leek 8
Corners: Chorley 4 Leek 6
Fouls: Chorley 9 Leek 8
Weather: 14c (overcast)
Referee: Paul Brown
Assistants: Jonny Urwin & James Bancroft
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*Reporting by Alex Birch, Chris Park & Oran Willis