Chorley were denied at the death against Telford as late sub Henry Cowans struck in injury time to grab a point for the home side after Josh Wilson appeared to have given The Magpies another win.
The home side made two changes from their FA Cup humbling at Warrington Town. Zak Lilly and Darryl Knights came in for James McQuilkin & Amari Morgan-Smith.
Chorley made one change from their FA Cup victory over Peterborough Sports, with Dale Whitham coming in for his first league start of the season. Kieran Glynn dropped to the bench, where he was joined for the first time since August by Alex Newby.
Telford: Bramley, White (Cowans, 90’+1), Morley, Deeney, Sutton (c), Streete, Lilly, Royle (Dawson, 84′), Udoh, McAtee, Knights (Morgan-Smith, 73′). Subs not used: Wycherley, Brown.
Chorley: Urwin; Challoner, Blakeman, Teague (c), Leather, Meppen-Walter, Cottrell, Whitham (A.Newby, 66′), Carver (Almond, 63′), Wilson, E.Newby. Subs not used: Glynn, Anson, Jordan.
Despite looking like a pristine surface, the New Bucks Head pitch played like a bog in large patches, causing problems for anyone attempting a crossfield pass.
The conditions didn’t trouble Adam Blakeman, who tested Max Bramley with a long range effort early on which the ‘keeper dropped allowing Marcus Carver a chance which he couldn’t quite take. Elliot Newby also stung the hands of Bramley in the first five minutes, with Telford’s number one giving up another rebound which was eventually cleared for a corner.
Telford’s top scorer Daniel Udoh tested the concentration of Matt Urwin as the home team tried to get into the game, and the Nigerian forward almost used the pitch to his advantage soon after. Matt Challoner was flummoxed by the puddles allowing Udoh to get away, before he was pulled back by the right back. Cue bedlam in the home end as ref Scott Simpson brandished only a yellow card.
That was it for the first half, and although Darryl Knights and John McAtee wasted half chances early in the second half, Telford, playing with the wind, continued to look the more dangerous.
Then, with the entrance of Louis Almond and Alex Newby, the tide started to turn. A succession of corners ended with Andy Teague’s header being cleared off the line. Courtney Meppen-Walter tested Bramley from long range, and after Alex opened up the field, Almond went close with a curling effort from the edge of the box.
The visitors finally took advantage of their attacking play with seven minutes left. Almond did brilliantly to hold off the attentions of Theo Streete, cut inside and produced a pacy cross that Wilson glance home from eight yards against his former club.
It looked like Chorley would hold on for another victory until the ball dropped kindly for Udoh outside the box deep in stoppage time and his short pass was dispatched into the corner past Urwin by late sub Cowans.
That’s what he said
“It feels like a loss with the equaliser coming so late. But we have to take the positives from it. Alex Newby has come on in the second half, along with Louis Almond. We’ve scored a really good goal, and at the end of the day we are now 14 games unbeaten to start the season.” – Jamie Vermiglio
HT 0-0 /FT 1-1
Shots: Telford 11 Chorley 11
Corners: Telford 3 Chorley 7
Fouls: Telford 17 Chorley 11
Weather: Warm & blustery
Referee: Scott Simpson
Assistants: Richard Eley & Alistair Nelson
The FA Cup Fourth Round Qualifying tie at home to Barrow next Saturday (3pm). Admission is pay-on-the-gate £12 adults, £9 over-60s/NHS/first responders/armed services, £7 students, £5 12-16s & FREE accompanied under-12s
Hospitality is also available for this fixture. Tickets for the 1883 Lounge cost £25 per person.
*Reporting by Alex Birch & Oran Willis